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Spring Brew Challenge

It's Spring(ish) and time for our quarterly brewing challenge at Home Brew Club.

This season we're giving you near free reign. Brew a pale beer. The caveat is that it must be a sessionable beer. Sub 3.5% So, the more English definition of a session beer. That's it! Brew one (or more) 3.5% or less pale beer.

You got until June-ish kinda time. We'll announce the presentation date closer to the time.

Now. Some of you may be rolling your eyes going “ooooh that's booooring.” But we would like to remind you that this is a challenge! Brewing something that is actually tasty at that percentage isn't always easy! So we want good flavours but something that can be drunk all day long in the not-quite-summery sun shine.

This is just one example we have in stock at the moment;

kernel table beer brew bristol

Kernel - Table Beer


The Kernel are London based. I quite like writing about The Kernel, because they're not exactly up front about handing out information about themselves and their beer. IF you've ever seen one of their bottles you'll know what I'm talking about. I've lifted this from their website; "The brewery springs from the need to have more good beer. Beer deserving of a certain attention. Beer that forces you to confront and consider what you are drinking. Upfront hops, lingering bitternesses, warming alcohols, bodies of malt. Lengths and depths of flavour. We make Pale Ales, India Pale Ales and old school London Porters and Stouts towards these ends. Bottled alive, to give them time to grow." Bascially, I think they want you to think for your self when it comes to their beer.


Table beer or Sessionable IPA. Or just a pale/IPA (See above note about their lack of info giving.)

Basically pale in colour, and low in ABV.


Aroma: Pineapple, grapefruit, mandarin, earthy, herbal, pine, apricot, mango, citrus.

Taste: Basically the same as above.

Palate: Med carbonation, light body, medium bitterness.


ABV: 3.2%

ML: 500

£: 3.95

Winter Brew Challenge

So, for those of you in the know, we run a fortnightly Home Brew Club. We have a pretty awesome core of 6 or so members, and a further group of people who drop in as and when they’re able. Everybody’s welcome, although booking is necessary.

Our group is usually pretty focused on beer, improving our palettes and then a lotta home brew chat thrown in to the mix. We’re informal and chatty and all is good.

But, lately we’ve realised that for it to really be a Home Brew Club, we should probably do something more brewing focused from time to time!

Following the success of our Home Brew Competition that we ran for Bristol Beer Week, we are going to run a quarterly (or as near as damn it) Brew Challenge!


So, welcome to our Winter Brew Challenge.

Anyone can brew along. You’re welcome to brew and then bring the beers along to the Brew Challenge Tasting. We’ll be doing friendly judging, basically running it as a short, no-prizes, no entry etc competition.

This Challenge is based on the concept; “What would you like to drink after a autumnal/winter type stroll?” With the added caveat that you have to add something in to the beer other than the usual hops, malt, water, yeast.

Think, dark, malty, fruity, strong or boozy.


Here’s a couple of recipes to give you some ideas. (note: these don’t have the extra ingredients in ’em)


Old Ale

20L batch


8.85Kg Pale Ale Malt

300g Crystal

90g Black Malt


Bramling Cross 42g @ 60 mins


OG 1105

FG 1026

IBU 48

SRM 20

ABV 10.3%



Scotch Ale


20L Batch


7.5Kg Pale Ale Malt

250g Pale Crystal

250g Munich

215g Melanoidin

110g Extra Dark Crystal

110g Chocolate Malt


EKG 45g @ 60 mins

EKG 15g @ 10 mins


OG 1105

FG 1026

SRM 20

IBU 21

ABV 10%


Let us know if you want to get involved!  We’ll be announcing when the tasting session will be held later, but aim for the end of Feb, start of March.


Happy Brewing!