Nelson's Beer Homebrew Log

This page logs my homebrews.

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Colorado brewing (1970-1972, 1982-1984) - no written records available - includes a small batch of stout (one bottle blew the cap and spattered my room at my parents house), and also 8-10 batches of fresh fruit wines (mostly from "Art of Making Wine": Anderson/Hull) including (from memory and from notes in the book): Orange, Banana, Banana/Raisin (a favorite because it was drinkable within a month), Rhubarb (my only batch that went bad), Dandelion, and Concord Grape (from a concentrate).

Kansas brewing (1991-1996 - 25 batches: 13 beer, 7 wine, 3 cider/cyser, 2 mead):

Florida/Colorado brewing:

CompetitionRegular medal countBest Of Show and Pro/Am
8 Seconds Of Froth (WY) [6]5: 1st:3, 2nd:1, 3rd:1
2015:1, 2016:1, 2018:1, 2024:2
Best Florida Beer Competition (FL) [2]10: 1st:4, 2nd:3, 3rd:3
2006:2, 2007:1, 2008:1, 2011:2, 2013:3, 2014:1
Biere de Rock (CO) [34]3: 2nd:2, 3rd:1
2023:2, 2024:1
Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines (CO) [22]1: 1st:1
2015:1
2nd:1
2015 : 2nd : 22C (American Barleywine) 'Swawm Pawp'
Big Bend Brewoff NFBL (FL) [3]2: 1st:1, 2nd:1
2014:2
Brew Hut (CO) [33]1: 3rd:1
2022:1
Busey Brews (CO) [39]1: 3rd:1
2024:1
Coconut Cup (FL) [15]6: 1st:3, 2nd:1, 3rd:2
2008:1, 2010:1, 2011:2, 2014:2
3rd:1
2011 : 3rd : M3B (Spice/Herb/Vegetable Mead) 'Hot Mama Mead'
Commander Saaz (FL) [4]14: 1st:4, 2nd:3, 3rd:7
2006:1, 2007:3, 2008:4, 2009:1, 2010:1, 2013:4
1st:1
2013 : 1st : 9B (Eisbock) 'Lights Out'
Domras Cup (GA) [37]2: 1st:1, HM(4th):1
2024:2
3rd:1
2024 : 3rd : M4B (Historical Mead) 'Dwójniak'
East Troublesome Pale Ale Homebrew Fundraiser (CO) [28]13rd:1
2021 : 3rd : 18B (American Pale Ale) 'Grungeist SMASH TDH'
First Coast Cup (FL) [19]8: 1st:2, 2nd:3, 3rd:3
2008:2, 2009:2, 2010:1, 2011:1, 2013:2
Great American Beer Challenge (CO) [24]1: 1st:1
2016:1
Hogtown Brewoff (FL) [17]4: 1st:1, 2nd:3
2005:1, 2007:1, 2013:2
Hurricane Blowoff (FL) [1]4: 2nd:2, 3rd:2
2006:1, 2011:1, 2013:1, 2014:1
MCAB [5]3: 1st:1, 2nd:2
2008:1, 2011:1, 2014:1
Mazer Cup (CO) [7]1: 2nd:1
2016:1
Meadllennium (FL) [16]3: 1st:2, 3rd:1
2010:1, 2011:2
1st:1, 3rd:1
2011 : 3rd : M3B (Spice/Herb/Vegetable Mead) 'Hot Mama Mead'
2011 : 1st : M4C (Experimental Mead) 'Tepache Mead'
Michigan Mead Cup (MI) [36]1: 2nd:1
2023:1
NHC Final Round [14]1: 2nd:1
2021:1
NHC First Round [13]5: 1st:1, 2nd:3, 3rd:1
2006:1, 2007:1, 2011:1, 2024:2
Orpheus Meadfest (CO) [25]4: 3rd:4
2016:1, 2022:1, 2023:2
Peak to Peak Pro/Am (CO) [10]16: 1st:6, 2nd:6, 3rd:4
2016:2, 2017:2, 2018:2, 2019:2, 2020:2, 2022:1, 2023:2, 2024:3
Pepper Extravaganza (CO/FL) [20]3: 2nd:1, 3rd:2
2008:1, 2019:2
Peterson AFB (CO) [38]2: 1st:1, 3rd:1
2024:2

2024 : Mash Mechanix : 29D (Grape Ale) 'Cab What?'
Poetry Slam (CO) [9]25: 1st:7, 2nd:10, 3rd:8
2015:2, 2016:4, 2016-2:1, 2017:1, 2018:2, 2019:4, 2020:4, 2021:2, 2022:2, 2023:3
Reggale/Dredhop Hop/Barley/Alers (CO) [26]35: 1st:8, 2nd:15, 3rd:12
2017:3, 2018:7, 2019:1, 2020:1, 2021:3, 2022:3, 2023:7, 2024:10
Rocky Mountain Homebrew Challenge (CO) [8]18: 1st:8, 2nd:5, 3rd:5
2014:1, 2017:6, 2018:3, 2019:3, 2022:3, 2023:2
Soup It Up (CO) [30]11: 1st:3, 2nd:2, 3rd:6
2022:1, 2023:3, 2024:7
3rd:1
2024 : 3rd : C1E (Traditional Perry) 'Tradition Schmadition'
Sunshine Challenge (FL) [12]10: 1st:4, 2nd:4, 3rd:2
2007:3, 2008:1, 2009:2, 2010:1, 2013:3
1st:1, 3rd:1
2013 : 3rd : 23E (Gueuze) 'Gueuze-Lambrewski 3'
2013 : 1st : 9B (Eisbock) 'Lights Out'
Sweethearts Revenge (CO) [11]31: 1st:10, 2nd:9, 3rd:12
2016:1, 2017:6, 2018:4, 2019:1, 2020:2, 2021:1, 2022:7, 2023:1, 2024:8
1st:2, 2nd:1
2017 : 1st : M1B (Semi-Sweet Mead) 'Holly Treated Well'
2017 : 2nd : M4B (Historical Mead) 'Ethiopian Tej'
2017 : Laughing Leprechaun Meadery : M4B (Historical Mead) 'Ethiopian Tej'
2018 : Dragon Meadery : M3A (Fruit and Spice Mead) 'Mulling the Tepache'
2018 : Queen Bee : M4C (Experimental Mead) 'Maple Beez'
2021 : Crow Hop : X3 (Italian Grape Ale) 'Pinot Grigio Oenobeer'
2022 : Brix Brewery and Taphouse : X3 (Italian Grape Ale) 'Pinot Grigio Oenobeer'
2024 : 1st : M4B (Historical Mead) 'Trójniak'
Valhalla-The Mead-ing Of Life (PA) [31]1: 3rd:1
2022:1
Valkyrie's Horn Home (MN) [32]1: 3rd:1
2022:1
Virginia Mead Cup (VA) [35]1: 1st:1
2023:1
Walk On The Wild Side (FL) [23]1: 2nd:1
2013:1
Walk The Line On Barleywine (FL) [18]7: 1st:2, 2nd:3, 3rd:2
2007:1, 2008:2, 2009:1, 2010:2, 2011:1
Weiz Guys COC (CO) [29]1: 3rd:1
2021:1
Wild Mountain Smokehouse (CO) [21]2: 1st:1, 2nd:1
2010:2
Total Medals: 2451st:76, 2nd:84, 3rd:84, HM(4th):1Total Best Of Show: 13: 1st:5, 2nd:2, 3rd:6, Pro/Am:6