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How to Make an Eisbock from Doppelbock

freezePosted on March 10th, 2014 by in "Brewing Tips"

Here’s a quick series of photos that shows how to make an Eisbock from Doppelbock. This Eisbock won a Gold at Bockfest2014. I used my base Doppelbock recipe, a 2L soda bottle and my hops freezer to make this is a couple hours. It was super easy and got me thinking about other beers to…

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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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Flat Tail Style Sour Belgian Brown Ale – Tasting Notes

brett-c-tnPosted on March 7th, 2014 by in "Tasting Notes"

Here are some initial tasting notes on the Flat Tail Style Sour Belgian Brown Ale from a sample that was pulled directly from the fermentor after about 1 1/2 months. Sour Belgian Brown Tasting Notes Aroma Medium-low amount of lightly toasted malt aroma. No hops. Medium-high amount of fruity esters – cherry, apple, pineapple and…

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A Kolsch Recipe…

Kolsch recipePosted on March 2nd, 2014 by in "Beer Recipes"

A very, unorthodox and untraditional Kolsch recipe. Left me start off by saying that I have a huge amount of respect for German brewing traditions and German beer styles. Oktoberfest and Munich Dunkel are currently tied for my number 1 favorite beer style, but every once in a while I feel the need to over…

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How to Clean a Brewing Kettle with Citric Acid

how to clean a brewing kettle with citric acidPosted on February 11th, 2014 by in "Brewing Tips"

Here’s a quick tip on how to clean a brewing kettle with citric acid that I figured out by accident. I bought 10lbs of food grade citric acid last year to prepare the barrel for my solera and I figured out that at the right concentration, water and citric acid almost immediately removed beerstone from…

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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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How to Package Beer to Mail to Competition

tnPosted on February 3rd, 2014 by in "Homebrew Competition Tips"

With the National Homebrew Competition coming up, as well as a whole bunch of MCAB qualifying competitions, questions about How to package beer to mail always come up. I’ve put together a quick series of photos and descriptions on how to package your beer for shipping. Step 1 – Get a sturdy box that is large…

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Lambic with ECY20

lambic-tnPosted on January 28th, 2014 by in "Beer Recipes"

It’s time to use up the rest of my latest haul from East Coast Yeast and brew a Lambic with ECY20. I used 50ml of the 100ml bottle in my Flanders Red last week and the other half is going to go in to a Lambic. Nothing particularly special about the grain bill. I’m going…

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Learn to Pick Out Common Flaws

medalPosted on January 26th, 2014 by in "Homebrew Competition Tips"

Even if you’re entering competitions to just get feedback on your beer, it can be difficult for judges to accurately judge a beer when there are significant defects – bacterial contamination, acetaldehyde, diacetyl, etc. Being able to pick out these flaws yourself will allow you to send only your best beers out to get real,…

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Water Bath with Pond Pump and Aquarium Heater to Control Fermentation Temps

IMG_2602Posted on January 26th, 2014 by in "Projects"

Looking for a quick and cheap way to control fermentation temps? Here’s a solution that works very well for me. My fermentation room is an old coal cellar with a door in my basement. It’s currently sitting at an ambient temperature of about 49F. It fluctuates this time of year between 45F and 53F, which…

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