Why We Brew What We Brew
Some people brew for the sheer joy they get out of making their own beer, others brew so that they can create the exact style of beer they enjoy, yet others brew to enter beers into one of the many homebrew competitions.
The Bay Area Mashtronauts exist to support brewing in every facet. This page is the repository for all information pertaining to competitive brewing.
- What are my options for my first homebrew batch? What equiment do I need?
- What Is DME?
- Brewing Tips and General Best Practices
Beer entered into a homebrew competition is judged against known style guidelines. These guidelines are managed by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). These guidelines specifically detail each beer’s aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression. Commercial examples are also given for each style. They also have a program of training and certifying beer judges.
BJCP Exams in the Houston Area
We are very fortunate this year to have two BJCP Exams in the Houston area. BAM is hosting its first BJCP exam in May 9th, 2014. The classes for the BAM exam will start early 2014. There will be a second BJCP exam held by the Foam Rangers in TBD date. When we have more details, we will add them. Taking either of these classes is one of the best ways available for a home brewer to become a better homebrewer
Since the Bay Area Mashtronauts is a Texas based club, it only makes sense that the vast majority of our beers are entered into Texas homebrew competitions. These competitions are organized into the Lonestar Circuit.
Nuts and Bolts Competition
Nuts and Bolts is the Bay Area Mashtronauts intra-club brewing competition. While not available to non-members and not AHA certified, Nuts and Bolts is for something more important – Bragging rights!
AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Events
There are many, many more homebrew contests across the country during the year. Some specialized only on a specific style of beverage, like mead. The vast majority are more general and are opened to all the recognized styles of beer, mead and cider. Some are built around special events, like National Homebrew Day on the first Saturday in May or the Great American Beer Festival, this year at the end of September in Denver, Colorado. All you have to do is enter them and ship your entry on time! This is the link to the list of all the currently recognized American Homebrewers Association (AHA) / BJCP sanctioned events. Don’t let it intimidate you. It’s just a list of events for tasting homebrew in other parts of the country.