Homebrew Batches 28-39 & Competitions

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Here’s an update on my brews since late last year. I was able to submit many of them to a few different homebrew competitions. While, I didn’t score as well as I hoped, I did learn a lot and will continue to improve (I hope). The competitions entered were: Green Mountain Mashers Conehead Clone Challenge, Green Mountain Masters Gose Style Challenge, American Homebrewers Association (Regional) National Homebrew Competition, and Green Mountain Mashers Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Contest.

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Homebrew Batches 25-36

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I’ve been slacking off way too much. One of my new 2015 goals is to post at least once a month to my personal blog. I’ve spent most of my free time researching and writing about Vermont beer instead of personal entries. Here’s an update at what I’ve been brewing since my last entry. As you can read, if you’ve read any of my homebrew entries, it’s mostly about how I screwed up my homebrews. I learned that I need to use more restraint with ingredients (such as spices), which is hard for me to do, especially when brewing Belgian styles.

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Homebrewing, Small Batch Numbers 22, 23, 24

I’ve been seriously slacking off on my personal blog posts and I’m hoping to get back into posting a few entries a month. Here’s an update on my recent homebrew batches. I’ve purchased a 3 gallon glass carboy, so I’ve increased my batch size from 1 gallon to about 2 to 2.5. My current kettles max out around 3 gallons, so I’m limited to the batch size based on the amount of grains used in my mash. I’m looking to upgrade my mash and boil kettles later this year (and possibly the rest of my tools), so I can more easily handle a full 3 gallon batch. Hopefully, I’ll buy some small kegs and start kegging my beer, too.
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Homebrewing, Small Batch Numbers 14, 15

I really need to post more to my personal blog, so I’m going to try harder this spring and summer to get back to posting here. Here’s an update on homebrew batches 14 and 15. I’ve brewed a couple more batches since then, but I’m holding off posting information about the newest beer since I’m trying to decide whether or not to enter them in the local homebrewing competition in May.

Small Batch Number 14
Cranberry Gose – I’m still on a Gose kick. I just can’t get enough of that style and I totally blame Lost Nation Brewing. One of the things that I enjoy most about homebrewing is experimenting with new ideas and creations. I wanted to make another Gose, but use some sort of sour/tart fruit, so I realized we had some cranberries and so I made a Cranberry Gose. Overall, I think it tasted pretty good. HOWEVER, the beer was over carbonated and were gushers. I felt really bad, because I believe it would have been a good pairing since the cranberries would have given it a good tartness to compliment the already tart/sour taste of the Gose. After stopping by and talking with the brewer at Burlington Beer Company, he recommend adding fruit to the primary instead of the secondary. I believe I’ll try that next time, since I believe it was over carbonated due to the introduction of sugar from the cranberries added into the secondary.

Small Batch Number 15
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Porter – I was really excited about this idea. I ordered some PB2 (peanut butter powder) for this idea and used some Chocolate from a local chocolate company. This was my first porter and I really enjoyed the roasted malts cooking in the mash. The final verdict on this one was that I used too much chocolate and not enough peanut butter. The beer came out a bit too bitter (assuming from the chocolate), so next time I’m doubling the PB2 and lowering the chocolate. I’ll definitely work to improve and tweak this recipe.