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  1. Erik_Mog

    First competition results

    I entered two beers in my first competition, the Carolina Quarterly Brew off. My Czech pale lager did not place, but my " Gizzy Face" APA took first place for Pale Ales. I am stoked
  2. Erik_Mog

    Realizing a dream

    So, I have been riding motorcycles for almost as long as I have been driving, and have had at least one of each of the major brands at some point in time, but have always been a Harley guy. I had one when I was young, and then went from brand to brand. In 2008, I bought a used 2006 Sportster...
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    Disappointed with WLP300

    I brewed another batch of my Blood Orange Hefeweizen and decided to use WLP300 this time since I keep reading about how this is a great Hefe yeast. I under pitched, according to BeerSmith, using 2 packs instead of the recommended 3 based on the yeast age, no starter, and no aeration, hoping to...
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    Fruit puree in primary or secondary

    I previously brewed a Blood Orange Hefeweizen, and racked it on to 3# of blood orange puree in a secondary fermenter. The beer came out amazing. I am going to be brewing this again tomorrow, and have a quick question. I have switched from using a glass corboy for fermenting to a 60L Speidel...
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    Style Guidelines

    So I was reading through the BJCP 2015 and Brewer's Association 2015 Style Guidelines, and have a question. Why is there so much difference between the same styles in these? For example, Marzen: BJCP 2015 Original Gravity: 1.054-1.060 SG Color: 8.0-17.0 SRM Final Gravity: 1.010-1.014 SG...
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    First Competition

    I am going to be entering one, and possibly two of my Beers in the Carolina Quarterly Brew Off sponsored by Raleigh Brewing and Atlantic Brew Supply. Lap Dog Czech Pale Lager will be a definite entry, and I may possibly enter Leia's Kiss IPA as well. I'm not expecting to win, or even place for...
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    My beer is a hit!

    The Blood Orange Hefeweizen that I brewed as sort of a homage to the band my brother is in (Born Again Heathens, hence the beer name Born Again Heathenweizen) is apparently a hit. I heard from them today, and they asked me if I would brew another batch of it for them to take with them when they...
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    Lager fermentation

    I brewed my first lager on Sunday, and it is fermenting nicely. At what point should I raise the temperature, and how high should I go for a D-rest?
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    Thinking about trying my first Lager....

    Hello again. I am going to try to brew again on Sunday, and plan to either do another batch of the blood Orange Hefeweizen, or try my hand at doing a Lager for the first time. I am thinking about a Czech Pale Lager, and this is what I have come up with. As always, I would love any advice you...
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    Fruit Beer Born Again Heathenweizen (Blood Orange Hefeweizen)

    Born Again Heathenweizen Weissbier Type: Extract Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Boil Time: 60 min Ingredients 3 lbs 9.0 oz LME Wheat Bavarian (Briess) (3.0 SRM) 1.00 oz Vanguard [5.20 %] - Boil 15.0 min 8.2 IBUs 3 lbs 9.0 oz LME Wheat Bavarian (Briess) [Boil for 10 min](3.0...
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    Starter question

    I made a 1.25L starter Tuesday afternoon, and let it go on the stir plate until Thursday night when I got home from work, then put it in the refrigerator, to settle out for my brew day tomorrow. While it was on the stir plate, ther appeared to be a tiny amount of krausen, and some condensation...
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    Feedback requested for IPA recipe

    Thinking about an IPA for my next brew, this weekend if schedule allows, to redeem myself from my failed IPA. This is the recipe I am working on, and would love your feedback/suggestions. Leia's Kiss-AG American IPA Type: All Grain Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Boil Size: 7.22 gal Boil...
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    So, I got laid off from my last job on January 7, 6 months to the day after I came home from work one day to discover my wife had packed up an left, and had to get rid of most everything I had to be able to move back to NC, since I could not afford to live in Texas anymore. For the last 6...
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    Pickup tube for false bottom in mash tun

    I have a domed false bottom in my mash tun, and the dead space is just under 1/2 gal. I do have some extra vinyl tubing that will fit in the center hole of the false bottom. If I were to cut a piece of this so it was about 1/8" to 1/16' above the bottom of the mash tun, would that make any...
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    First all grain brew day

    Just mashed in for my first all grain brew...I am psyched! Added my strike water at 164F, stirred in the grain good to break up clumps, an few minutes of stirring and it stabilized at 152F. Sealed it up, and now to wait an hour. Hope it hold temp good. Now it's time for coffee!:ban:
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    Blood Orange Hefeweizen

    Brewed this on June 3, all extract batch, and cracked open a sample today after being in the bottle for a week. Born Again Heathenweizen Weissbier Type: Extract Date: 03 Jun 2016 Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Brewer: Doggie Mutt Brewing Boil Size: 4.54 gal Asst Brewer: Leia the Doggie...
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    Water adjustment for an APA

    I am doing an APA this weekend, and have a quick question. In Bru'nWater, should I use the balanced or dry water profile? Estimated SRM is 7.9 so I will be using one of the Amber profiles (based on the info in BW). Thanks
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    Water report

    I just got my water report back from Ward Labs and would like your input as to whether it is a good base water for brewing. I am pretty new to all the water chemistry stuff. The water is from a well that was dug about 30 years ago. pH 6.7 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 54...
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    Possibilities for first all grain brew...

    These are the two I am considering as my first all grain brew. I would really love feedback on how to improve the recipes and any any other help you can give First is a SMaSH APA with bitter orange: Gizzy Face American Pale Ale Type: All Grain Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Brewer...
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    Going all grain

    I'm going to make the move from extract to all grain. I will bottle my Hefe either tonight or tomorrow, and that will free up my fermentation chamber, so hopefully brewing next week. I think I have everything in place...mash tun, pH meter, 10 gal kettle, immersion chiller. The only thing I...