Recent PostsPosted on January 29th, 2015 by Andy W. in "Brewing Tips"
This is the water report that I’ve been using for the past 2 or so years. I pulled it from Homebrewtalk.com. There were several that I found from other sources, but this one was the closest I was able to find to my geographical area. pH 8.6 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 117 Sodium, Na 18…Read More >
Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Andy W. in "Projects"
I’ve been using a 30 plate Duda Diesel plate chiller for about 2 years now and wanted to share a couple of tips I recently came across that have really helped me maximize my plate chiller. Make sure the wort chiller is “on its back” and has the fittings facing upwards. This allows for the…Read More >
Posted on November 30th, 2014 by Andy W. in "Award Winning Beer Recipes, Homebrew Competition Results"
In my effort to win a medal in every category in the 2008 BJCP Guidelines, I circled back around to my Untraditional Kolsch recipe. The original recipe, and this one for that matter, are both horribly over-analyzed and over-engineered, so forgive me in advance. This first time I brewed that recipe I had some yeast…Read More >
Posted on August 19th, 2014 by Andy W. in "Homebrew Competition Results"
For anyone that isn’t familiar – Beer & Sweat is the world’s largest keg-only homebrew competition and is put on by the Bloatarian Brewing League every 3rd weekend in August. This was the second year I attended, but our club (TRASH) has been going for many years. There is a great friendly rivalry between the…Read More >
Posted on May 14th, 2014 by Andy W. in "Just Plain Good Drinkin' Beers"
This recipe, which I call “The Great and Powerful Saaz”, was originally put together to use up an excess of Saaz leaf hops that I purchased last year. The first version used an impressive 13oz of all Saaz leaf hops and was an incredibly floral, spicy and delicious beer. Since I enjoyed it so much…Read More >
Posted on April 28th, 2014 by Andy W. in "BJCP Tasting Exam"
Great news! I finally got my BJCP Tasting Exam Results from October 2013 in the mail today. I scored an 85, which places me in the National range. I skipped over Recognized and went straight to Certified. I’m planning on taking the written exam as soon as possible, which it looks like August might be…Read More >
Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Andy W. in "Brewing Tips"
Here’s a couple of quick pictures illustrating how I brew cleaner lagers. The idea is to go from your kettle in to a larger carboy and allow all of the trub, cold break, etc. to settle and then you rack from above the material that has settled. A similar method of how to remove trub…Read More >
Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by Andy W. in "Homebrew Competition Tips"
There are some basic guidelines on how to write descriptions for specialty beers and we’ll walk thru them together in this post. There are several BJCP categories that require a brief description from the brewer in order to be judged correctly. The way you describe your beer can mean the difference between a gold medal…Read More >
Posted on March 21st, 2014 by Andy W. in "Projects"
I’m going to try a new process that I’m calling “low sparge brewing“. The concept isn’t new (I don’t think), but I haven’t read anything else about my intended process anywhere. The basic concept of low sparge brewing is to extract as much sugar from the grain using the least amount of sparge water as…Read More >
Posted on March 13th, 2014 by Andy W. in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"
This medal winning Munich Dunkel recipe is a slight variation on my first award winning Munich Dunkel recipe. The key points are the addition of 1lb of Munich II, using Carafa III Special instead of Carafa II Special for just a touch more color, and switching from Hallertau Mittelfrueh to Tettnang. I also added a…Read More >