Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the prices different?
The kit will cost $59.99 + shipping unless you are outside the state of Florida. Orders outside the state of Florida ship without yeast and cost $47.99 + shipping. You will need to source your yeast locally.
Do I have to use everything in the kit?
No, you are free to use as much or as little of the ingredients in the kit, except for the yeast. You must use one (1) Saccharomyces and two (2) Brettanomyces yeast. Just be sure to document what you do so that if you are the winner we can recreate your beer.
Do I have to use all the hops?
No, the kit includes 11 ounces of various hops. When and how much you include is completely up to you and your recipe.
What style is this beer?
No real style other than a hoppy Brett, beer. We will not be judging it according to any style guidelines.
Can I add other ingredients?
No, you cannot add additional ingredients other than fining agents.
If I win, what do I get?
If your beer is selected by Cigar CIty Brewing and Green Bench Brewing you will get to have your recipe brewed on the Green Bench system and bottled for release from the brewery. You may also be able to assist in the brewing process, but you would be responsible for providing your own transportation and paying your own expenses to travel to Green Bench Brewing as well as the when it is released.
What is in the kit?
The kit contains 6 different hops, and 17 lbs of various grains. In addition, you have a choice of yeast strains. Here is the list!
Do I have to enter the competition?
No, you do not have to enter the competition. The price of the kit includes entry into the competition but you are not required to submit an entry.
Why only 75 kits?
This is an advanced kit and competition. In order to fairly judge the entries we decided to limit the competition to 75 kits.
Why are you doing this?
Wayne Wambles, head brewer at Cigar City Brewing, wanted to educate home brewers about new styles and new ingredients. The best way to do this is to create an opportunity to use these ingredients.
When can I start to create a recipe?
Immediately! The ingredients are listed HERE. You will receive an email listing all the ingredients in your kit including the alpha acids of the hops so you can begin to plan your recipe.
When does the kit arrive?
All kits will ship or be available for in-store pick up June 15th. This will give you 6 months to brew and submit your finished beer by January 19th, 2018.
Can I have more info on the Hops?
Here is a page that tells you all about the hops!