Homebrew Competition 2019

Goshen Brewing Company and Goshen Homebrew Club Competition 2019

Entry Guidelines

Competition theme

This year’s theme is likely to be new to most brewers- Norwegian Yeast. These have interesting properties, including clean fermentation at high temperatures, quick batch turn-around, and high alcohol tolerances. Here’s an interesting article that talks about it- https://growlermag.com/rise-of-the-super-yeast-kveik/

We’ll be working with Omega Yeast to learn about their strains, and using their strains for this competition. Our goal is to have roughly the same number of entries which each of their 3 Norwegian strains. You can enter any style.

Judging the 2018 competition


Brewers will have roughly 3 months to create their recipes and brew.

In order to get a good distribution between the 3 yeast strains, we’re asking people to register their interest in entering. We will then assign you a yeast strain. Swaps are acceptable. You won’t need to submit your recipe at that time, just let us know you’re hoping to enter. Pre-register here.

February 22: We will coordinate a group yeast order if you are interested, with a deadline of February 22. This is to make sure 3rd Horse has enough of each strain.

March 2: Omega Yeast will join us for our meeting to talk about Kviek Yeast. The meeting will be March 2, from 1-3pm at 3rd Horse Craft Beverage Supply.

May 13: Enter your beer by May 13 using this online form.

May 20: On Monday, May 20 from 7-9pm, we’ll meet at GBCo to judge the entries. Brewing of the collaboration batch will happen summer or fall 2019, depending on type of beer and GBCo’s brewing calendar.


  • We encourage collaborations, especially between experienced and newer brewers.
  • Each entry, including collaborations, needs to have a primary brewer. You can only be the primary brewer on one beer.
  • You don’t need to be present to be considered, just your beer.
  • No entry fees.
  • Any non-professional homebrewer within 75 miles of GBCo is eligible to enter.
  • This is not a BJCP-sanctioned competition. BJCP style guidelines will be used to support the judges evaluations of beers, but beers will be evaluated hedonistically and with scalability and cost to GBCo in mind.

Prizes and judging

Our goal is to have the judging process be fair and educational. Entrants and members of Goshen Homebrew Club will be invited to the judging event, and those present will be the judges for the club favorite.

The judging process will depend on the number of entries, but will likely follow a similar format to last year. Our plan is to split the styles by yeast strain, so we will have 3 tables of beers. The people present at the competition will be split between the 3 tables, with entrants at tables without their entries. The tables will evaluate each beer based on its representation of the base style, quality, and use of the yeast. Each table will come to a consensus to send 1 or 2 of the beers to the best of show round, where all judges will vote to reach a final decision.

Club Favorite: People present at the meeting will participate in judging, and the winner will win a surprise from GBCo.

Collaboration Recipe: We’ll give the recipes to GBCo, and they will select a winner to scale up and brew. This may or may not be the club favorite. GBCo’s decision will be final. Prize: Bragging rights, first dibs on times for brewing.

Brewing the 2018 winner

Each entry should include:

  • 4×12-oz bottles of beer or 2×22-oz bottles of beer
  • Recipe for homebrew scale
  • Style, based on BJCP Style guidelines
  • Which yeast was used
  • Include links or citations for recipes you based it on

The entry should be brought to the competition. If you are unable to attend, you can drop off your entry at Goshen Brewing Company during their normal opening hours in the week before the competition, but note they are not open the day of the competition. You can also contact Goshen Homebrewing to arrange drop off.



If using extract, make sure to use a light extract to make sure conversion to all grain will be easier.


Avoid using hops that could be hard to find, including Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin or experimental hops. Some substitutes may apply when making it on GBCo’s system.


All entries should include one of the following strains:

  • Omega HotHead™ Ale, OYL-057
  • Omega Voss Kviek, OYL-061
  • Omega Hornidal Kviek, OYL-091

While there are other sources and strains of Norwegian yeast, we are limiting to these 3 to help with judging.


Feel free to add additional character to a beer through special additions (like fruit, spices, wood, smoke, small amounts of character malt, etc.) that might nudge it slightly beyond a classic example of one of the above styles. Remember that if it’s picked, GBCo will need to use roughly 40x as much, so keep cost and availability in mind. Entries with additions will be judged based on both the quality of the base beer as well as how well the addition works.

Questions? Email [email protected].