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Belgian Sour Stout – Flat Tail Process Take I

300 micron filter basket instead of vorlauf.Posted on November 26th, 2013 by in "Beer Recipes"

I’ve been kicking around the idea of brewing a Belgian Sour Stout for awhile now. The Sunday Session with Flat Tail Brewing got my creativity going again and inspired me to try out some new techniques that I thought would work especially well with this particular style. I’ll paraphrase the discussion in to bullet points: Flat…

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Triple Decoction Oktoberfest

decoctionPosted on November 22nd, 2013 by in "Just Plain Good Drinkin' Beers"

It was shaping up probably be one of the last nicer days of the year. The temperature was in the mid 40’s and the sun was about half out – not too bad for November is Pittsburgh. I happened to have my afternoon wide open after a morning doctor’s appointment for my 6 month old…

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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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Home Roasted Munich Malt for Munich Malt SMaSH

From top left to bottom center - 6L, 35L and 100LPosted on November 4th, 2013 by in "Projects"

Munich is probably my most favorite base malt. I love the toasty, melanoidin rich character that it has. I’ve brewed a variety of different beers with it as the base malt, mainly Munich Dunkel, but have also done a couple different SMaSH beers with it (single malt and single hop) with varying degrees of success….

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Site Update – 11/4/2013

Posted on November 4th, 2013 by in "News"

I’ve added some new functionality to the commercial examples list to make it a little easier to find beer and sort it. Check out – – you’re able to sort on the column titles. I’ve also added the scoresheets in to accordion-style menus when there is more than one to keep things a little…

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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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Booze Barrel Project

whiskey-barrelPosted on October 23rd, 2013 by in "Projects"

This plan never actually got off the ground yet. The distillery where the barrels were coming from ended up using much smaller barrels than we needed and were trying to sell them for insane prices. Here is the write up I did outlining my thoughts on what we should brew and the order the beers…

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BJCP Classic Styles Checklist

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by in "Documents for Download"

This is a little Word Document that I put together to keep track of which styles I’ve brewed in my quest to brew them all. I just printed it out and have it sitting by my computer and put a check in the box as I brew a new style.

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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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