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ACB Homebrew Festival 2019

Entries are open for the inaugural ACB Homebrew Festival to be held on the 15th of June 2019 in Wivenhoe, Essex.

A link to the competition website can be found here

Anglian Craft Brewers

Anglian Craft Brewers are a group of brewers both amateur and professional, based throughout East Anglia, England who share the following aims:

  • Further the development of Craft Brewing
  • Inform and educate its members
  • Provide mutual support and friendship
  • Help beginners to progress from kits to full mash brewing
  • Organise interesting and useful events
  • Recommend the best suppliers and most useful books
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2019 Meeting Schedule

Date Group Venue/Event Beer Challenge
Sat 12-Jan-19 Norfolk Coachmakers Arms, Norwich Any beer style but =<2.8% (equal to or less than)
Sat 02-Feb-19 Essex Victoria Inn Colchester Any beer style but =<2.8% (equal to or less than)
Sat 16-Feb-19 Cambridge Maypole, Cambridge Any beer style but =<2.8% (equal to or less than)
Sat 02-Mar-19 Suffolk TBD Any beer style but =<2.8% (equal to or less than)
Sat 06-Apr-19 Norfolk Coachmakers Arms, Norwich Any Mild under 6% ABV
Sat 04-May-19 Essex Chelmsford TBD Any Mild under 6% ABV
Sat 11-May-19 Cambridge Maypole, Cambridge Any Mild under 6% ABV
Sat 01-Jun-19 Suffolk TBD Any Mild under 6% ABV
Sat 13-Jul-19 Norfolk The John Innes Centre Altbeir 4.3% to 5.5%
Sat 03-Aug-19 Essex Colchester TBD Altbeir 4.3% to 5.5%
Sat 07-Sep-19 Suffolk TBD Altbeir 4.3% to 5.5%
Sat 21-Sep-19 Cambridge Maypole, Cambridge Altbeir 4.3% to 5.5%
Sat 05-Oct-19 Norfolk Coachmakers Arms, Norwich Clone Beer Challenge - Lacons Patriot

Sat 26-Oct-19

***Postponed due to the Rugby***

AGM Gladstone Arms, Stowmarket n/a
Sat 02-Nov-19 Essex Victoria Inn Colchester ACB Festival
Sat 16-Nov-19 Cambridge Maypole, Cambridge Clone Beer Challenge - Lacons Patriot
Sat 07-Dec-19 Suffolk TBD Clone Beer Challenge - Lacons Patriot

2019 Clone Beer Challenge

Latest update and hopefully one of the last (Sept 2019).....

The date for the brewery visit has been confirmed as January 11th 2020. This will be combined with the Norfolk quarterly meeting for January. Numbers for the meeting are not a problem (Lacon's recently hosted 50 CAMRA members!). There is a good cafe near the brewery and Will the head brewer suggested we can either eat at the cafe or bring the food back to the brewery. We can decide this point on the day. There is no cost (except food) and Lacons will provide beer as well.

Unlike last year’s brewery visit, we will not be arranging a region wide minibus as the brewery is relatively easy to get to by public transport. I suggest we do however get collaborating when it comes to getting to and from the railway station in Great Yarmouth. Feel free to collaborate on sharing travel where appropriate though.

With respect to the recipe, Will has provided the exact brewsheet for the small run of Patriot he brewed recently. This is shown below. Note his brewlength so you will need to scale this to your own and it has been suggested that using the percentage method is best for this. The brewery will not make their yeast available so Will suggested something fairly neutral that will promote the hop forward nature of this beer.

Each region will judge their own beers and select ideally two (max 3) to go forward to the final evaluation at the brewery during the visit.

5BBL(930L) recipe for Patriot

125Kg extra pale Maris Otter
12.5Kg wheat malt
4KG crystal 150

75minute boil

235g challenger 8.56AA at 0 minutes
235g challenger 8.5AA at 40 minutes
2KG Mosaic and 2KG Cascade at 70 minutes along with zinc and protofloc

Flame out 75 minutes

2 days on chill in fermenter after fermentation

Then 2 days in conditioning tank on 300g Mosaic pellets and 300g cascade pellets before racking into cask

Links to other Homebrew clubs

Listed below are links (websites/facebook pages) to other Homebrew clubs around the country that you maybe interested in.
Send an email to the Managers of this group if you want to add another club to the list. (Us on Facebook) (Chelmsford & Mid Essex) (Norwich mid-week club) (London & SE) (Ipswich mid-week club)


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November 2019
Wednesday 13th
7:30pm Ipswich mid-week meeting
December 2019
Saturday 7th
11am Suffolk Quarterly Meeting
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