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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 19, 2017, 12:30:28 PM »
I'm Back!!!  I haven't brewed since August,l with my work taking up all of my time and being just too worn out to do anything, but I have missed the brewing.  So, this morning I mashed in at 8:00AM on a batch of my Gizzy Face APA.  I am hoping this batch turns out as good as the last one that was a 1st. place winner.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First competition results
« on: November 06, 2016, 08:57:42 PM »
Nice job!
Thank you


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General Homebrew Discussion / First competition results
« on: November 06, 2016, 08:54:16 PM »
I entered two of my beers in the Carolina Quarterly Brew off recently. My Czech pale lager did not place, but my "Gizzy Face" APA  took first place for Pale Ales. I am really stoked as this was my first all grain brew, and I have not been brewing that long. I didn't expect either of them to place, much less take 1st place in the category.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 24, 2016, 02:13:14 AM »
All Grain version of my Blood Orange Hefeweizen.  It does have more blood orange aroma and flavor than the extract version.  Used WLP300 for this one, and did not get the up front banana that I got with WB-06 in the extract version.  It is definitely a crisper beer than the extract version was, and the color is more of what I was looking for.  The extract version was way too dark.  I do think I like this one better than the extract version, even without the up front banana.  It has the body and crispness I would expect from a Hefeweizen.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When do I add a fruit infussion?
« on: September 16, 2016, 03:03:48 AM »
I did an APA with sweet orange peel added with 5 min left in the boil.  I had some orange flavor, but I do think I lost a lot of the flavor and aroma in the last few minutes of the boil and then during fermentation.  When I brew it again, I will still add it in the boil, but also plan to add a few ounces of peel that has been soaked in vodka when I dry hop to get more from it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 10, 2016, 04:20:47 PM »
Muttoberfest Marzen.  It finished a bit sweeter than I would have liked.  I think I will go with a different yeast next time to see if it will attenuate better.  It does have a good malt flavor and finish, but just a tad on the sweet side for me.


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The Pub / Re: Realizing a dream
« on: September 08, 2016, 02:45:13 AM »
Harley Davidson sure does make some beautiful machines, but as someone who purposefully lives on what I would hope to be a quiet country road, I wish they would stop using faulty mufflers!  ;)
My Sportster was on the obnoxious side with straight popes and ape hangers. I'm planning to keep the road king pretty much stock. It has a low rumble, but you can still hear yourself think.  I'm done with the overly loud, and want to cruise in comfort now.


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Loud pipes save lives!  Nice ride.  Does that have the new engine?  Or is that for the 2017 models?

I'm still riding my 1997 1200 Sporty.  Drag bars and Screaming Eagle pipes.  And some scrapes from where my brother dropped it last year.  The only thing I ever wished for was a larger gas tank.

This has the 103 ci high output engine.  The 107ci "Milwaukee 8" is on the 2017 models.
This one is loud enough for me now.  If I had not been able to get a good deal on this one, I would have had no problem with keeping the Sporty...it was paid for after all.  I had 8 good years of riding on that one.  It had some minor cosmetic issues, but mechanically it was in great condition and is going to be a good bike for some one.

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The Pub / Re: Realizing a dream
« on: September 07, 2016, 06:54:39 PM »
Harley Davidson sure does make some beautiful machines, but as someone who purposefully lives on what I would hope to be a quiet country road, I wish they would stop using faulty mufflers!  ;)
My Sportster was on the obnoxious side with straight popes and ape hangers. I'm planning to keep the road king pretty much stock. It has a low rumble, but you can still hear yourself think.  I'm done with the overly loud, and want to cruise in comfort now.


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The Pub / Re: Realizing a dream
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:42:08 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys. Bones are in my blood. Any time I did not have one, it always felt like something was missing. 

@yso,  my grand daughter was born in April, so I have a long time before she is able to ride, but it won't stop me from decking her out in some Harley motor clothes


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The Pub / Re: Realizing a dream
« on: September 05, 2016, 12:52:22 AM »
Nice ride. Congrats, Erik!

Thanks...I am a happy camper today.

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The Pub / Realizing a dream
« on: September 05, 2016, 12:45:32 AM »
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 XL883C.  it was in my budget at the time, and it got me back on a Harley.  But, the whole time I have been riding, there was one bike that I swore I would have one day, and has always been my ultimate dream bike....a Harley-Davidson Road King.  Today, on a chance I went to Ray Price HD, and my dream came true.  At the ripe young age of 52, I traded in my Sportster, after 8 good years of riding, and rode home on a new 2016 Road King.  I never though it would be more than just a dream, but today it came true.  I am just so psyched, I had to share.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Disappointed with WLP300
« on: September 03, 2016, 01:47:13 PM »
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 stress the yeast to get more banana.  I fermented at 68F for the first couple of days and then raised the temp to 70F.  I took a hydrometer sample today, 7 days after pitching, and I had reached the predicted final gravity.  OG was 1.047 and FG is at 1.011.  I plan to add the 3# of Blood Orange Puree tomorrow.

At this point, it has none of the character I would expect of a Hefeweizen.  I get no banana at all, and little to no clove.  I would describe it as maybe a slight spiciness.  Not at all what I would expect from a Hefeweizen.  I raised the temp to 74F, hoping that once it begins to ferment the sugars in the puree, that the higher temp will bring out some character from this yeast.  Funny thing is, the fermentation chamber smells like someone set off a banana bomb in it, just none of it is in the beer.

Based off the way it tastes now, I will be going back to WB-06 when I brew this again.  I had high hopes for the WLP300 based on reviews, but it seems to be a very disappointing yeast. 

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Ingredients / Re: Fruit puree in primary or secondary
« on: August 30, 2016, 12:15:30 AM »
I normally just add fruit to my speidel as part of the primary once fermentation has slowed or stopped.
I'm pretty sure this is how I am going to do it.  I can get the puree in without having to move the fermenter or splashing the beer as it goes in.  It will also save me some time since I will be either doing it in the early morning before going to work, or late at night when I get home.  And, it's one less thing to clean  :P

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Ingredients / Fruit puree in primary or secondary
« on: August 27, 2016, 03:12:19 PM »
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. If I am able to add the puree to the Speidel as fermentation is winding down, with out spashing (ie: putting a sanitized hose on a funnel and putting it below the surface), could I just go ahead and add the puree in the primary, or would it still be best to rack it into a 5 gal carboy with the puree. I'm just wondering if it would help prevent possible contamination, or if it would have some negative effect on the finished beer by adding it to the primary just before it finishes up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:17:46 PM »
An APA made with Nugget, Crystal and Santiam and I was very sad to see it go... so tasty and attractive too:


Also, an Oktoberfest I'm drinking tonight:

I'll take one of each pkease



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