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Old 05-24-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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I have been invited to participate in a private homebrew contest that is being put on by a local beer distributor. It's for the employees of the distributor but they can have outside folks as team members.

It's a pretty fun event, I did it last year as well, very unlike any other homebrew contests. Long story short, we have to come up with a theme for our brew and the guy who invited me to the team wants it to be a biker / Harley themed.... So I wanted to brew something that would fall into that theme and I had no idea where to start since I'm definitely NOT into that scene at all. The competition is more of a popularity contest amongst mainly BMC drinkers, but the main prize (a free trip to the GABF) is decided upon by some slightly more qualified judges who shouldn't pucker at anything full flavored. Last year a wood-aged IPA won. I was thinking I might do a big RIS and aging it in a whiskey barrel but I don't think that will fit the theme. Anyone have any suggestions on something that might better fit the biker theme that won't be a light lager?

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Old 05-24-2012, 12:50 AM   #2
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Harley, huh?

Hundred Dollar Draft
Oil Spill Stout
Over Priced Pilsner
Broke Down Bock

Ha! I kid.

Black and orange are HD colors so maybe a stout or porter with an orange taste to it.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:40 AM   #3
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Ris like motor oil would be great. I ride and know a thing or two about Harleys. There's a primary on a bike and a primary in brewing. The primary has oil in it to lube the chain. There you go. Inner primary ris.

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Old 05-24-2012, 01:46 AM   #4
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High ABV blonde, panty dropper pale.
Or just pour PBR into a bottle and cap it.

I hang out with a local club from time to time. I'm not sure how you theme a beer to that crowd, other than to just make it black as night, or find a way to include whiskey.

Something a little smokey might be interesting. some kind of smoked whiskey porter/stout maybe.

I hate to perpetuate stereotypes, but "theme" by definition kind of does that.

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Old 05-24-2012, 01:53 AM   #5
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If you want to make it Harley themed, just charge a bunch of money for a mediocre product. Oh, and make it give everyone gas so their anus can make Harley sounds.

Harley Davidson: the most efficient way to turn gasoline into noise without the unwanted side effect of horsepower.

I ride, but refuse to own a Harley.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:59 AM   #6
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Barley Davidson.

You're welcome.

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Old 05-24-2012, 02:01 AM   #7
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What about a fat tire clone? It would go with the bike theme.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:14 AM   #8
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Panhead Porter?

Shovelhead Stoudt?
Screw it, Lets brew it

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Old 05-24-2012, 04:44 AM   #9
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I like the black and orange thing. I also like the oak option

How about this..... go orange as below or loose the orange peel and zest and secondary with 4oz oak chips soaked in Burbon

Orange CDA (or call it "snarley")
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.0


Amount Item Type % or IBU
11.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 81.2 %
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 7.4 %
0.65 lb Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 4.8 %
0.65 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 4.8 %
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 1.8 %
2.00 oz Pearle [8.00%] (60 min) Hops 50.8 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50%] (20 min) Hops 10.6 IBU
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00%] (5 min) Hops 8.9 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50%] (15 min) Hops 8.7 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50%] (10 min) Hops 6.3 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50%] (2 min) Hops 1.5 IBU
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
2.00 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.00 oz Fresh Sweet orange zest 2 min (or flame out if you prefer)
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [Starter 35 ml] Yeast-Ale

Est Original Gravity: 1.068 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.9 %
Bitterness: 86.6 IBU
Est Color: 34.7 SRM

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Old 05-24-2012, 05:23 PM   #10
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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions...

I'm going to do it as a big imperial stout and age it in my 5 gallon whiskey barrel... I found some new HDPE jugs that I think should be food-safe (I'm checking with the manufacturer first) that I'm going to use to bottle in, they look exactly like motor oil jugs.

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