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Western Brewers Conference

Two-monthly, the Western Brewers Conference holds a brewing competition. The rules are simple: $10 to enter - winner takes all. At the end of the competition, the brewer who places third chooses the next style to brew. Every other style will be a clone - just to keep it fun

Location: Hallertau, Riverhead, Auckland
Members: 116
Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2017

Amended from above Sept 2015: Two-monthly, the Western Brewers Conference holds a brewing competition. The rules are simple: $10 to enter - all except for 2nd place who wins their entry fee back. At the end of the competition, the brewer who places third chooses the next style to brew. Choices are for 4 months hence so there is time to brew a lager if so chosen. 

Judging starts at 3 pm.

Discussion Forum

25th February 2017 - NZ Pale Ale

Started by Dunc Feb 14, 2017. 0 Replies

Location: Brothers at City Works Depot, Auckland. 2.30pm. Judging begins 3pm. The more the merrier.WBC members and events can now be found here:…Continue

WBC Keg for National Homebrew Conference

Started by Sam DT Feb 8, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi guys,The NZHC crew are keen to run a bit of a club night event along side brewmania again this year.Basically the aim is to have six kegs from clubs around the country to be served on the Friday…Continue

26th November 2016 - 1D. American Wheat Beer

Started by Peter Smith. Last reply by Dunc Nov 27, 2016. 18 Replies

Booking things for Saturday 26th Nov - get your brew in now!1D. American Wheat BeerOverall Impression: Refreshing wheat beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their…Continue

27 August 2016 - Oatmeal Stout

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Anatole Perry Aug 27, 2016. 16 Replies

What a fantastic style. I wish I had time to make this one but with travel plans (issue, which I will raise in a bit).Oatmeal Stout: BJCP Category 16BOverall Impression: A very dark, full-bodied,…Continue

21B Specialty IPA - Red IPA - 28May 2016

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Jul 4, 2016. 26 Replies

The next WBC style will be a Red IPA. Judging will take place on 28May at Hallertau. as always, judging will start at 3pm.Specialty IPA: Red IPA Overall Impression: Hoppy, bitter, and moderately…Continue

Tags: IPA, Red, competition, Hallertau

02April 2016: Classic Smoked Ale

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Apr 21, 2016. 13 Replies

Hi All,Ok, I have also moved this for Easter. Let me know if you can make it. Hoping the date doesn't clash with too many things. John has selected one of his favourite styles for our next…Continue

23Jan 2016: Czech Premium Pale Lager (Closest to Pilsner)

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Mar 3, 2016. 12 Replies

Couple changes to the format we had been following: The clones were not very popular so we have gone back to a BJCP 2015 based competition. Keep in mind that with our competitions are every other…Continue

Tags: Hallertau, WBC, Pilsner

BOCK!! 21Nov 2015 --> moved to 05Dec

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Jan 10, 2016. 20 Replies

Congratulations to Dunc for taking 3rd place (again) and for choosing a very interesting beer for us all to try. Dunkel bock - style 6C according to BJCP 2015link here: …Continue

Clone War - Tuatara Ardennes - Sept 19th 2015

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Sep 28, 2015. 13 Replies

Mike choose (with a little influence) the next style as Tutarara's Ardennes:…Continue

25th July 2015 ESB

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Aug 3, 2015. 17 Replies

As always, thanks to Hallertau for putting us up for these competitions. Our next style will be Extra Special Bitter: Category 1C - description can be found at SOBA NHC if you want a google search -…Continue

Tags: Homebrew, Competition, WBC

Comment Wall

Comment by Shannon on April 25, 2009 at 12:02pm
I took the yeast out of the fridge and pitched it at 20 degrees so I know have a soapy taste. thats alright I know what the next comp beer will be :)
Comment by Greig McGill on April 25, 2009 at 12:21pm
Hahaha, planning to lose already! That's not the spirit mate.
I had another shocking efficiency day. Luckily I allowed for this to happen and formulated for 1.058. Got 1.049. No idea what the fuck is going on with my setup at the moment. Changing malt all the time doesn't help. I want my Maris Otter back, waaaaah.
Comment by Barry on April 25, 2009 at 12:29pm
No Maris Otter.... this will be interesting indeed.
No-chilling so was too lazy to check my efficiency. It's all over the show with dark beers, last Irish red I did planned for 1.054, got 1.060.
This time I'm shooting for 1.052, will be able to tell tomorrow once it's cooled down.
Comment by Reviled on April 27, 2009 at 8:19am
Im probably gonna lose, the majority of my irish red ferment has been at 24*c :-/ Oh well, im hoping the 1469 will be a bit forgiving, maybe...
Comment by Barry on April 27, 2009 at 8:20am
OG 1.054. Fermenting now at 18deg. Booyaa.
Comment by Greig McGill on April 27, 2009 at 8:21am
I went for 19C. It's looking like a good ferment too. I'm starting to like US05 again after our fight. I think it's forgiven me.
Comment by Martin Bridges on April 27, 2009 at 9:04am
Mine trundled along at 19-20, then was stepped up to 23 for diacetyl rest. Went into the keg on Saturday and was tasted last night. Carbonation seems OK, still a bit hazy.
Comment by JoKing on April 27, 2009 at 11:52am
22 pitching through to CC 2 weeks later. Tasting not too badish. Needs some conditioning... I kegged it on Saturday. The 1469 yeast culture smashed on the floor though - so I dont think this will be a repeat brew... unless I use a different yeast.
Comment by Reviled on April 27, 2009 at 11:54am
Thats a warm ferment for you bro - doesnt make me feel so bad about the 24*c ferment.. Still wont be as fruity as yours :oP lol
Comment by JoKing on April 27, 2009 at 11:58am
Yeah - I'm getting a bit annoyed with the cool ferments. The beers a clean - don't get me wrong, but sometimes I'm thinking I may a well just use US-05 if I want clean. There is definately some yeast character in this Red... albeit a bit crazy at the moment. It's turned the cascade into some real resinous marmalade undertone... weird. Toasty still - that grist is pretty well balanced in flavours.

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