Shezmu Takes Second!

On March 7th, Brewminary Merlin U Ward competed in the friendly, inaugural Coney Island Homebrew Competition at Peggy O'neil's, taking second with his American Amber Ale, Shezmu. Also competing in the competition was newly joined Brewminary, Grayson Powell, with his fig infused Belgian Wheat, Deuce & Zeus - Forbidden Wheat.

Shezmu was intended as a Spring beer, despite the recent NYC weather. It had a smooth malty base accentuated by piney and citrus hops. The crowd enjoyed the flavor and it reported gave the winner of the People's Choice Award, a deliciously balanced lavender ale named Lavendula, a run for its money! The Brewminaries want to make our winner's beer available to everyone, so we're posting the recipe. You can download the PDF or view the notes below.

Merlin's wife Milaurys serving Shezmu at the Competition.

Merlin's wife Milaurys serving Shezmu at the Competition.

Shezmu
OG: 1.063
FG: 1.013
ABV: 6.5%
SRM: 13.6
IBU: 34

Malt
73% Pale Malt
19.5% Munich Malt 20L
3.5% Caramel 40L
2% Victory Malt
2% Caramel 120L

Hops
6AAU Simcoe @ First Wort
5.5 AAU Cascade @ 5 min
0.5 oz Simcoe Dry Hop - 5 days
1.0 oz Centennial Dry Hop - 5 days

Yeast
American Ale II - WYEAST 1272

Water (Amounts Split between Mash and Sparge)
3.4 g Epsom 
3.4 g Calcium Chloride
2.6 g Gypsum

Single Influsion 154ºF - 60 minutes
60 minute boil

Instructions
Mash in with 17 quarts water at 170ºF to hit target temp of 154ºF. Mash for 60 minutes and sparge with 17 quarts water at 170ºF. Collect 6.5 gallons for boil. Boil for 60 minutes and add hops per the schedule. Cool to 65º and pitch 1 liter starter of yeast. Let ferment for 14 days, then transfer to bottles (add 4.0 oz dextrose) or keg (10.5 PSI for 14 days) for 2.3 vol CO2. 

About The 1st Annual Coney Island Homebrew Competition

The competition was judged by 10 panelist consisting of a certified cicerone, local celebrities and pro brewers. The competition had over 100 people in attendence, and 18 brewer participating. Ticket sales and raffle funds were donated to Coney Island USA, a not-for-profit arts organization. These are the fine folks who bring us the Mermaid Parade, Burlesque on the Beach, & Sideshows by the Seashore.

A special high-five to the 1st place winner of the competition; Charlie Gotard and Allie Ricardi's “Moo Rye IPA.”

About The 1st Annual Coney Island Homebrew Competition

The competition was judged by 10 panelist consisting of a certified cicerone, local celebrities and pro brewers. The competition had over 100 people in attendence, and 18 brewer participating. Ticket sales and raffle funds were donated to Coney Island USA, a not-for-profit arts organization. These are the fine folks who bring us the Mermaid Parade, Burlesque on the Beach, & Sideshows by the Seashore.

A special high-five to the 1st place winner of the competition; Charlie Gotard and Allie Ricardi's “Moo Rye IPA.”

Merlin U Ward

Merlin is an award-winner homebrewer and marketing enthusiast. When he's not making beer, he's working as the Marketing Manager of Brooklyn Brew Shop. He lives by the quote: "Beer makes everything better!"