A few years back several home brewers on YouTube started the SJPORR Experiment. These educational experiments set guidelines for each brewer involved: to use the exact same recipe with the only alteration being the type of hops used in the first experiment and yeast in the second experiment. With each experiment the interest and participation grew.
Last year each brewer was given a base recipe with a cap on IBU’s and an overall grain bill of 18 pounds. The interest went world wide with 16 brewers across the United States, 12 brewers from New Zealand, and 8 brewers from the United Kingdom.
Without realizing it, we actually had the very first worldwide Homebrewing Challenge. This year the Challenge intentionally goes world wide bringing in all styles of brewing; whether it be Extract, Brew in a Bag, or All Grain, all styles of homebrewing go head to head.
This year’s Challenge calls on the brewer to produce his or her best beer, or as we have coined it, “A beer that can stand the test of time.” There are no boundaries for this challenge. There is no set IBU, ABV, or grain bill. The only guideline is that the brewer brew their best beer, their “X-Factor” beer, a beer that they would be proud to share around the globe.
This year, each country will judge the beers on appearance, aroma, taste, palate and x-factor. Everyone involved will get to taste and rate the beers in their country, to determine the top 3. These top 3 beers will then be swapped with every other participating country, and the brewers of these top beers will taste and rate each of the top beers from the other countries to determine the overall world wide winner.
This challenge is open, the gloves are off you do not have to brew to any particular style. Some of the great beers we enjoy today fall outside of a defined style, so lets not limit our creativity. However if you wish to brew to a BJCP style you can do so, and the style you select will be displayed when people are scoring your beer. You can also change your selected BJCP Style at any time before sending your beer, simply login with your email and registration number and you have access to edit those details.
The shipping of beers to and from brewers within a country, and the final international shipping to each country are the main costs involved. These costs are dependant on numbers, and sponsorship in each country is needed to cover these cost. Throughout the challenge we will keep you informed of how we are going.
There may be a minimal cost to brewers, where sponsorship does not cover all of the national and international shipping. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum, and you will be advised of any costs as soon as the end date for sponsorship has been reached, and registrations have been confirmed.
Thankyou to everyone that has registered for this inaugural global event, we have 180 brewers involved in the Challenge. The rating system to determine the top beers will be released very soon, in the meantime..... It is time, IT IS TIME!, to brew your best beer.
The Challenge is a world wide beer swap, simply brew your best beer and swap it with other participating brewers in our country. Each brewer rates each others beer to determine an overall country winner. Once all of the ratings are in, the top 3 beers are swapped with the top 3 beers from each other participating country, to determine the world wide winner.
Depending on your Hub allocation, that will determine the number of bottles needed nationally, i.e. if there are 16 other brewers in your hub you will need 16 bottles to swap with the brewers. For the international side of the challenge if you make the top 3 nationally, you will need to provide 3 bottles, 1 for each other top brewer in each other country. So if we have 5 other countries, that will be 15 bottles.
The numbers are coming in, we have some semi final placings for the US that are finalised
The following hubs have completed rating beers and ratings have been finalised, each brewers score has been averaged and displayed in the order of highest to lowest, scores have been rounded to the nearest 1 decimal place for display purposes only.
As each hub ratings are finalised they will be automatically be displayed, so keep a look out.
It is unfortunate that we have brewers that have had to forfeit moving forward due to reasons outside of their control.
It is time....IT IS TIME! to start rating beers, here is a quick walk through of the rating system for the challenge.
As each hub receives beers, you will be able to see the number of beers that have finalised ratings out of the total number of tastings that are required. Remember you cant vote for your own beer so that number has been removed from tastings required. Finalised ratings are ratings that have been in place for 24 hours.
The number of beers that will be consumed to determine the top 3 brewers in the world is 2284 beers!
Instead of a semi final, New Zealand is doing a random beer swap, so each brewer will swap 20 beers.
The following video is a great tutorial on how to package your beer for shipping. Kevin has shipped many beers around the world and knows all the tricks and tips to make sure you beers arrive safety at their required destination.
The following timeframes have been set to coincide with seasons, so that beer shipments are not effected by severe temperature fluctuations. Where possible such as the case in New Zealand, the beer swap has bee co-ordinated at the Beervana festival.
|Country||Registration closes||Shipping to hub||Beers received||Voting closes|
|United States Semi finals||April 16||May 26 - June 9||June 16||July 14|
|Europe||May 11||June 16 - June 30||July 28||August 28|
|Australia||May 16||July 7 - July 21||July 28||August 25|
|Canada||May 16||July 28 - August 11||August 18||September 15|
|United Kingdom||May 16||August 4 - August 15||August 22||September 19|
|United States Finals||-||July 15 - July 29||August 5||September 2|
|New Zealand||May 16||August 22||August 31||September 24|
|International||October 13 - November 3||November 4||December 2|
Each country has a 7 week window (2 weeks for brewer to ship to hub, 1 week for hub to ship to brewers and 4 weeks to score each beer. These dates re subject to change, and are dependant on the final registration numbers and countries involved.
|Rahne Maxwell MrRahneM||Pete Marchant Pisshead Pete|
|Gavin 'gash Slugg' Ellicott Gash Slugg||Aaron Shearer Aaron Shearer|
|James Rimmer HoppingMad||Daniel Craze Daniel Craze|
|Mike Mcnabb East Mountain Home Brew||Sam Larkman underthestairs or The Thrifty Brewer|
|Rob Shillinglaw robmybeer||Craig Farraway CraigTube|
|Lee Hillman lesterbenz||Brandon Ricker turtlefeather brewer|
|Jason Toews Jason Toews||Doug Glover DuggrSluggr|
|Kenneth Floen ke116fr_sjpc2014||Brian Mujati bvmujati|
|Tassoni Alessandro TaxiAkaTaxi||Ian Watson Ian Watson|
|Matthew Mckay pist'n'broke||Kerry Gray choicebrosbrewing|
|Mike Allan undergroundbrewingnz||Steven Bellward steve bellward|
|Dean Coleborn tubedinoz||Jason Franssen Manawa Brew|
|Adrian Woodhouse The Alchemist brewery||Jonathan Saunders & Shayne Forrest JonoEatWorld|
|Brayden Rawlinson braydenr||Paul Finney Paul Finney|
|Karl Hayes okjhayes||Tyron Johnson Tyron Johnson|
|Paul Wicksteed time4another1||Nathan Mckenzie katynathanoe|
|Zane Lawrence Maxwell Rookie Brew||Matt Downer brewtubetech|
|Grant R Baker grbaker5||Allan Sheblom Shadowbeastbrewery|
|Dan TonganJandal||Tony Yates tonster321|
|Daniel Smith orkodan||Geir Mathello De Lange Geir Mathello de Lange|
|Dominic Fernandez ibizaparasail||Ian Hunter Ian Hunter|
|Greig Thomson greig thomson||Brian Sherriff Brian Sherriff|
|Christopher Harrison-hawkes harrybrew69||Neil Cranston Half Empty Brewing|
|Adam Wimbledon BoundByBeerBrewery||Lee Immins PhilfyErn|
|Jonathan Ellis deliveryboy555||Clive Sillis norfolkhillbilly|
|Paul Rowlett MrKorszun||Ben Martin Brewmaster Ben, Hanworth Homebrew, beerlover1|
|Daniel Noyce steamedbeech||Carl Selby CARL SELBY|
|Anthony Howard Tony Howard||Gary Fry Gifryer|
|Richard Spate alf1982||James Stephens TheUnknownBrewer|
|Paul Taylor-burrell Reverendbus3||Adam Buck Eclipse9101|
|Denis Hanna denishanna||Tom Watson NewToHomeBrew|
|Bobbi Meyer Bobbi Meyer||Kyle Orstead Lucky13 Brewing|
|Troy Levalley Biogrove||Matthew Gapinski Saint Clair Brewing|
|Bradley Pekoc Elder P||Stephen J. Goldberger Stephen Goldberger|
|Dioni De Morena Morales cervezadegaraje||Ken Jordan jordankw|
|Clint Harris UC0pmdAPtNvhZJJpwOjAKI3g||Ben Stadther ThnatOneGuy Brewing|
|Josh Hoover ManBearPig1122334455||Doulas Runde pfcbrewery|
|Gary Fortin Mainebrewguy||Kevin Clements ClementsHomebrew|
|Stephen J Porr sjporr||Vincent Martinez Themartinezmafia|
|Jesse Hepburn AgentHubcap||Jason Davies jason davies|
|Joseph Ryan Belcher Patsfan1284||Brad Alford Pooka NC|
|Larry Lentz Larmo22||Steve Mertz canadiansasqbrewery|
|Nate Pekoc underthetablebrewing||Chris Gibbons Rivermonkeybrewing|
|Kirk Sexton Kirk Sexton||Sue Bumbaugh Brewheart65|
|Paul Remaley PABREWNEWS||Jamie Thacker Jamie Thacker|
|Brad Watson newrockdog||Rich Norton Fairlanes4ever|
|Michael Saraceno saraceno34||Paul A Hartless Jr Paul Hartless Jr|
|Don Howell Supergus68||Barry Wasser TheBrewedPalate|
|Lee Smith Lee Smith||Andrew Roberts www.youtube.com/user/homebrewnc|
|Tyler Everson Everty Homebrewing||James Longo Mr_Sparty1995|
|Brandon M. Finch Bfinch9302||Rick Maggine Big Twin Brewing|
|Christian Clements Clements Jr. Nation||Travis Trembly coloradoflyfisherman|
|William Hunt FirebrewTV||Mark Gryc Intermezzo1257|
|Matt Moore Bearded Brewer||Tim Osborne CBrowns7|
|Richard Bish homebrew62||Chef And Gadget rster536821|
The following hubs are setup, however additional country hubs may be created based on the registration numbers.
2013 placings were only voted on per country, no international votes were cast for the overall winner. This year will be the first year, that the challenge truly goes global, with international beer swaps for all the top 3 brewers in each country.
Here are the latest top 10 SJPORR Videos on YoutTube, tag your SJPORR Challenge 2014 videos "SJPORR2014" so that they are picked up in the search.