BURP Monthly Competition Winners- March 2016- McCoubrey Stout Competition

March’s competition was the annual McCoubrey Stout Competition held during BURP’s monthly meeting. This was the first competition using the 2015 BJCP Guidelines and had an impressive 20 total entries! The categories and number of entries were as follows: 15B (Irish Stout- 5 entries), 15C (Irish Extra Stout-1 entry), 16A (Sweet Stout- 3 entries), 16B (Oatmeal Stout- 3 entries), 16C (Tropical Stout- no entries), 16D (Foreign Extra Stout-1 entry), 20B (American Stout- 3 entries), and 20C (Imperial Stout- 4 entries). Many thanks to the judges: Wendy Aaronson, Mark Hogenmiller, Trish Koch, Steve Marler, Craig McRobbie, Dave Pyle, Matt Pyle, and Wendy Schmidt for all their hard work in evaluating the entries. After the judging dust settled, Charles Thrower took first place with his Irish stout called “Blarney Stout”, while Dan Rozman and Lon Holland took second place with their Irish extra stout called “Roast Resplendence”, and Mike Evans took third with his sweet stout appropriately called “And in 3rd Place”. Lastly, with a hearty handshake from the Ministers of Culture, Matt Pyle received an honorable mention for his oatmeal stout called “Stoutyoats”. Check out Charles’s award-winning Irish stout recipe below.

Greg Leifer and Dave White- Co-Ministers of Culture

Name: Blarney Stout
Brewer: Charles ThrowerMarch 2016 Contest winners
Style: Dry Irish Stout
(5 gallons, all grain)
OG= 1.042 FG= 1.011 ABV 4.1%
IBU= 45 SRM= 35
Water additions for mash:
½ tsp Gypsum
1 tsp Calcium Chloride
½ tsp Epsom Salt
5.25 lbs. Marris Otter
1.75 lbs. Flaked Barley
0.88 lbs Roasted Barley
2.0 ounces Acidualted Malt
1.8 oz. East Kent Goldings hops 5.7% AAU 60 minutes
½ tab whirlflock 10 minutes
Mash grains at 150° F for 90 minutes.
Mashout at 170° F for 10 minutes.
Boil time – 90 minutes.
White Labs WLP004 (ferment 65° – 68° F)
Yeast Starter –Yes