Monthly Archives: February 2020

How do you like those apples?

Maybe it was the cold weather, or maybe it was the Man City v Real Madrid game being on TV but it was a slightly reduced turnout for the February meeting. The lower numbers didn’t stop lively informative debate and some surprising beer tasting going off though.

We sampled a direct comparison of a Fusty Ferret clone that had been boiled for half an hour compared to one boiled for the full hour. The difference in both appearance and taste was huge and drove some interesting conversation and thought. This was followed up by a classy mild and a, rather hot, Dubbel – both good choices in the cold rainy February weather.

We settled into some technical discussions around water chemistry, fruit moulds and carbonation before sampling an old Fruit stout – which had aged pretty well and finishing with a Windsor Cider. This was a refreshing palate cleanser and was very reminiscent of the Northern Spanish sidras with their flamboyant pouring culture in Asturias.  

We finished the night discussing the Champion Homebrewer contest and trying to predict which box would be the most popular with Knightclub members and ensuring that we can help as many members as possible enter the large format contest.

March’s meeting will be looking at Bitters as a style – so if you have some to share or just love trying them we’ll see you there. Cheers.

Coming next month Windsor ESB

WEHomebrew Champion Brewer 2020

On the evening of the 19th May 2020 at Windsor & Eton brewery we’ll be holding the inaugural WEHomebrew Champion brewer competition for WEHomebrew members.

This is a large format, public vote, competition the winner to be decided by members of W&E Brewery’s KnightClub. In addition there will be a Brewer’s Choice awarded for the best technical execution of a beer.

The rules and guidelines for the competition are given below. Use the contact form, add a comment below or connect on our facebook group to get any more details or ask any questions.

Competition rules

  • There will be a maximum of nine entries in the competition. One from each of the nine boxes as below. Once all boxes have been allocated no more entries will be accepted – there will be a ‘waiting list’ if required to step in if an entrant can no longer compete.
9 box competiton
  • Entrants can contact the organiser with a descending list of their preference for the box they’d to enter. Boxes will be allocated on a first come first served basis after 12pm on Friday 28th February 2020.
  • Aside from % ABV and Colour of the beer all other parameters are the choice of the Brewer. Any style, any ingredients.
  • Brewers will be expected to give a short description of their beer to display at the event. no more than one paragraph.
  • Brewers will need to commit to providing around 20L (5 gallon) of their entry – it is expected that there will be around 180 KnightClub members attending eligible to vote.
  • Beer can be submitted in any format the brewer prefers. There will be provision for gas and a water bath to chill Corny kegs. Logistics for this will be determined nearer the event date.
  • Beer samples will be served to KnightClub members as they request them. There’s no mandatory attendance by entrants but we will be looking for volunteers to set up, serve and clear up on the night.
  • Each KnightClub member will be given 5 votes in the form of sticky dots. They vote by sticking the dots to a poster featuring details about each of the entries. They can distribute their votes as they see fit.
  • At the end of the voting – as decided by the organiser on the night – the votes for each beer will be counted. The beer with the most votes wins.
  • The Brewer’s choice will also be awarded by Windsor & Eton Brewery for the beer with the best technical execution.
  • Any disputes will be settled by the organiser.