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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 04:45:01 PM »
I'm using wild blueberries which always seem more sweet to me than the store bought ones.  I think I'm going to use 7 lbs and I can always use some extract later in the keg if it's not enough.

Wild blueberries have a much stronger flavor per lb as well. I think 7 lbs is a good starting point and can I say that I am so jealous that you have 7 lbs of wild blueberries in your freezer.
My wife and I picked them right around my parents house in the UP of Michigan near Lake Superior.  We got into the zone and picked 20 lbs, however, we weren't the only ones picking them - we discovered some fresh bear poop about 50 yards from the house. 

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:35:32 AM »
I'm using wild blueberries which always seem more sweet to me than the store bought ones.  I think I'm going to use 7 lbs and I can always use some extract later in the keg if it's not enough.

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 08:31:03 AM »
My buddy told me to use an extract also for the same reasons.  I just have never used fruit in a beer before and I wanted to see for myself.  You know, check one of those things off my brewer's list.

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Ingredients / How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:37:26 PM »
I just made a wheat beer a couple of days ago 1.046 OG.  I have some wild blueberries in the freezer and wanted to add them to secondary.  My question is how many lbs. of blueberries should I use for a 5 gal batch?  I read in Designing Great Beers that I should add 2 lbs/gal and that seems like a lot.  In other recipes I've seen 4 lbs for 5 gal.  I want there to be blueberry aroma and flavor, but I want to be able to taste the beer too.  Anyone with any experience using blueberries?

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The Pub / Impressing the most important judge...Mom
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:25:23 AM »
I just got back from visiting my Mom and Dad who live in the UP of Michigan on Lake Superior.  I had a wonderful time with the family eating great food (fried and smoked whitefish, trout) and enjoying the scenery. I came back with 30 lbs of wild blueberries to make wine, beer, and mead with.  Anyway, I brought some of my stronger beers (American Barley Wine, Belgian Dark Strong, and Strong Scotch) for my Mom and Dad to sample.  I was a little cautious because my parents (ages 72 &76) are not really beer drinkers.  They will drink wine and Jim Beam/Coke, but rarely beer...and even rarer non-BMC beer.  So, I started them on the Scotch Strong Ale and they both liked it.  My dad said it would be a good after dinner drink and my mom said she could tell it had more alcohol then the "usual" beer.  Next, taking my dad's advice I served them the Belgain Dark Strong after dinner. This beer recently won a Best in Show at the County Fair. They both really liked this beer, in fact, my mom said she could tell why this beer won and quickly asked for another pour.  The last beer, the American Barley Wine is very hoppy.  I've gotten a wide range of scores for this beer (26-43), but all agree that it is at the top of the range with the hop bitternes and flavor.  My dad took one sip and handed it back to me and just said "wow", however, my mom drank the whole sample and said "very nice".  I explained to her that I was surprised that she liked such a hoppy beer and she simply said, "well, I guess I like hoppy beers".  I just had to share that my mom is awesome.

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After 20 years of homebrewing, did a triple decoction on a Bo-Pils. Not sure I will ever do it again. The taste of the finished beer will decide that. It was a long day!
That must have been a grueling day..My hat's off to you, I've only managed two double decoctions and I did like the taste of those beers a lot.  The second one I did a Hochkurz double and I hit my numbers dead on.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My new brewing assistant
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:23:30 PM »
very cool...and it looks like you can put a lot of beer in that basket ;)

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I just brewed my second creation of a Belgian IPA the other day.  Tons of Munich with Cascade, Citra, and Nugget.  The yeast is Wyeast 3522 which worked great on the last one.  No brewing this weekend, but our club is having a picnic/pig roast on Sat. and then I'm leaving for the UP in Michigan for 10 days ;D

Would love to see your hop schedule on the Belgian.  Sounds great.
Here's the recipe
7 lbs Munich l
4.5 lbs Two-row
1 lb Caramunich
.75 oz Warrior @ 60
1 oz Cascade @ 15
1 oz Nugget @ 15
1 oz Cascade @ 0
.5 oz Nugget @0
.5 oz Citra @ 0
1 oz Cascade dryhop
.5 oz Nugget dry hop
.5 oz Citra dry hop
Wyeast 3522 Belgian Ardennes


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I just brewed my second creation of a Belgian IPA the other day.  Tons of Munich with Cascade, Citra, and Nugget.  The yeast is Wyeast 3522 which worked great on the last one.  No brewing this weekend, but our club is having a picnic/pig roast on Sat. and then I'm leaving for the UP in Michigan for 10 days ;D

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Events / Re: Question about competition judging
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:08:28 PM »
interesting...I put my American Barley Wine this year in three different comps all within a time frame of 2-3 months.  I've received scores from 23-43 on the same beer...yeah a 20 point difference from BJCP judges.  The 43 was from the highest ranking judge, so I 'll have to agree with him ;)

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Events / Re: Question about competition judging
« on: July 18, 2013, 05:33:56 PM »
Thanks for all of your feedback.  This year I've entered more comps than my entire 6 years of brewing and I am trying to understand the process.  I hope to steward a comp soon which will give me much more insight and maybe try my hand at becoming a BJCP judge in a year or so.

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Events / Re: Question about competition judging
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:46:56 AM »
It just seems to me that one judge could influence another judge easily if they are discussing the beer while they're judging.  It seems often that they match up an experienced judge with a novice, which I can understand.  But, my point is does this put pressure on the less experienced judge to agree or reinforce the more experienced judge's impressions about the beer?

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Events / Question about competition judging
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:29:35 AM »
As I understand, in BJCP events there are two judges that judge a beer.  Do they discuss the beer together when assigning scores or do they judge the beer completely independent from each other? 

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33 beers, 2 meads, and 1 cider.  I want to make a lot more pilsners and lagers this winter so the number will go up.  Also, I need to make my first sour some time soon.

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Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:46:15 PM »
The article didn't mention anything about the groupies or blow. You get 45 year old pot bellied groupies and the job blows.
Ha ha!  You made me spit beer all over my screen.

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