Crafting an Award Winning Beer 

A Case Study in 2.5 Parts

The LateFaire

The Mayfaire has run for at least 42 years (1978). We're not about to let a global pandemic stop us!

What Made It Special

  • Limited "Throw Back Categories"
    • based on the classes in the 1979 Mayfaire
      • Light Ale, Light Lager, Dark Ale, Dark Lager, Stout or Bock , Unusual, Hoppy, Belgiany
  • Limited to 100 entries
  • Distributed judging (remote or pod/distanced). 

Gary Elliot

Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM)

Second Runnerup Best of Show

"Kilt No Underwear"

Dark Ale (Wee Heavy)

Nothing Under the Kilt

6 Gallons @ 1.083 (9.1% ABV), 26 SRM, 24 IBUs, 90 minute boil

Malt

10 lbs Golden Promise

3 lbs US Pale 2-Row

2.5 lbs US Pale 6-Row

1.0 lbs Aromatic Malt

1.0 lbs Briess Extra Special

1.0 lbs Melanoiden

1.0 lbs Briess Special Roast

0.5 lbs Briess C60

0.5 lbs Briess Chocolate Rye

Nothing Under the Kilt

6 Gallons @ 1.083 (9.1% ABV), 26 SRM, 24 IBUs, 90 minute boil

Hops

0.5 oz CTZ 16.9% - 60 minutes

0.5 oz Fuggles 4.2% - 0 minutes

Mash

Single Infusion - 149°F - 75 minutes

Yeast

Imperial A31 Tartan

Water

Bru'n Water - Brown Full (balanced C:S ratio)

Nothing Under the Kilt

6 Gallons @ 1.083 (9.1% ABV), 26 SRM, 24 IBUs, 90 minute boil

Special Notes

1st gallon of runnings boiled separately to 1.5 quarts to boost caramel flavors.

Ferment

60°F for 2 days, 1° per day for 10 days and then crashed to 34°F for 2 days prior to kegging

Nothing Under the Kilt

Judges Comment from 1st Round (Score: 41)

"A fascinating blend of flavors that take turns becoming the dominant feature at any one point. A big big beer that could use a ski lodge around it."

Rich and malty with creme brulee aromas. Decocted or a longer boil evident. Some notes of apple esters and a potential note of acetaldehyde with some desire to see less back end bitterness.

Best of Show Judges?

Izzy Arrieta

Maltose Falcons

First Runnerup Best of Show

"Izzy's Barrel Run"

This beer is a mystery...

  • Wrapped inside of a riddle, trapped in an enigma
  • Here's what we do know about this Barelywine....

The "Details"

  • Brewed in late 2014 for the 40th Anniversary Party
  • Double Mash
  • 2.5 hour boil
  • 10 gallon batch
  • 5 gallons aged in Bourbon Barrel
  • 5 gallons aged in Maple Rye & Rum Barrel
  • Keg "lived" in Izzy's office at work and was forgotten for years
  • This is the Second BoS placing and 3rd medal for the beer.

Izzy's Barrel Run

Judges Comment from 1st Round (Score: 39.67)

"A fascinating blend of flavors that take turns becoming the dominant feature at any one point. A big big beer that could use a ski lodge around it."

Lots of malt aroma and barrel character notes with maple more prominent on the nose. "Liquid Ferrero Rocher"

Best of Show Judges?

Jeff Kohler

Yeastside Homebrewers

Best of Show

"Ella Pils"

German Pils (Light Lager)

Ella Pils

10 Gallons @ 1.046 (5.1% ABV), 90 minute boil

Malt

21 lbs Moravian Pils Malt (Záhlinice)

Hops

1 oz Ella 16.9%AA for 60 mins

3 oz Ella 16.9% AA whirlpool (how)

4 oz Ella 16.9% AA dry hop - 3 days @ 45°F

Mash

Single Infusion - 150°F - 90 mins

Water

8 gallons for mash at 5.5pH (phosphoric acid)

Ella Pils

10 Gallons @ 1.046 (5.1% ABV), 90 minute boil

Yeast

2 packs Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager in 1 gallon decanted starter

Extra Notes

Ferment at 52°F for 2 weeks (including a diacetyl rest)

Ella Pils

Judges Comment from 1st Round (Score: 41)

"This is a very crushable and refreshing beer. The bitterness dominates as expected. If you're looking for improvements a bit more malt complexity might really take this over the top but that is a minor complaint."

Floral perfume, spicy hop aroma. Low malt sweetness with a palate dominated by the hop. High carbonation, lightly astringent finish

Best of Show Judges?

Crafting An Award Winning Beer

By Drew Beechum

Crafting An Award Winning Beer

A breakdown of the 3 Best of Show Winning Recipes for the 2020 Maltose Falcons "Latefaire"

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