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An (Untraditional) Kolsch Recipe… Updated and Best of Show Winner!

Massive foam stand brought to you by our good friend, torrified wheat.Posted on November 30th, 2014 by 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…

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Winning Munich Dunkel Recipe Variation

Gold Medal Munich Dunkel RecipePosted on March 13th, 2014 by 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…

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Doppelbock Recipe from Bockfest 2014

Doppelbock Recipe from Bockfest 2014Posted on March 10th, 2014 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"

This is the Doppelbock recipe that won a 1st and a 2nd in the Doppelbock/Eisbock category at Bockfest 2014 in Cincinnati, OH. In my quest to brew every style in the 2008 BJCP guidelines, brewing both a Doppelbock recipe and a Eisbock was something that was going to happen sooner or later. I typically try…

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The Perfect Competition American Pale Ale

sub-category-medalPosted on February 7th, 2014 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"

I want to brew the perfect competition American Pale Ale and I’m always up for a challenge. I really enjoy focusing and doing things until I perfect them. My goal here is to compile and analyze National Homebrew Competition award winning American Pale Ale recipes to determine, based on the research and numbers, the perfect…

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Sour Mash Berliner Weisse with Peaches

peach-berlinerPosted on November 8th, 2013 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes Just Plain Good Drinkin' Beers"

I started working on this Sour Mash Berliner Weisse with Peaches recipe after having picked up a case of Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche from a local beer distributor. I was blown away by this beer and decided that I had to come up with something at least in the ballpark to enjoy all year long….

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Amarillo American Wheat – Highest Overall Score at Beer & Sweat 2013

Posted on October 26th, 2013 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes Just Plain Good Drinkin' Beers"

Making a really great Amarillo American Wheat beer that I like to drink has been something I’ve been working on since I first started brewing about 2 years ago. I knew that I really, really like Amarillo hops and thought that a balance of bready malt character and hoppy, orange character would be perfect. I’ve brewed…

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American Stout – Triple First Place Winner

american stout and a cigarPosted on October 22nd, 2013 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"

This recipe started off as pretty much the American Stout recipe from Brewing Classic Styles. I wanted to push the boundaries for the style all around so I added a touch of Briess Aromatic malt (about 10oz in 7 gallons) and increased the mash temp to 156F instead of 154F (not really that much difference…

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Prima Pils Inspired German Pilsner

Prima Pils clonePosted on October 21st, 2013 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"

This was my third real attempt at brewing a really good German Pils. Victory’s Prima Pils is my #1 favorite beer of all time, so I wanted to get something kind of close to it. This is certainly not a clone, more of an “inspired by Prima Pils” kind of recipe. For more information about…

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Belgian Pale Wheat Ale with Sweet and Sour Cherries – Runner Up BoS Beer & Sweat 2013

This is what I saw when I went to check the gravityPosted on October 21st, 2013 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"

This beer started out as an attempt to use a few pounds of locally grown and milled wheat flour. Having virtually no brewing experience when I brewed this, I thought I was making a regular American Wheat ale. Luckily for me this batch ended up getting contaminated (along with 8 other batches I had in…

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Munich Dunkel Recipe – Best of Show at BRIXtoberfest 2013

bos-brixPosted on October 20th, 2013 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"

I judged this category at our yearly club competition (TRASH) and was very surprised how much I liked Munich Dunkel. This was my first stab at brewing a Munich Dunkel recipe so I took Jamil’s recipe from Brewing Classic Styles and a recipe from a fellow homebrew club member, Brian Robbins, and combined them together,…

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