Kolsch before kegging Thursday, Jan 19 2012 

Here is a picture of the Kolsch right before I siphoned it into the keg. What a nice yeast bed! That’s the benefit of using a yeast starter, I took a small taste after putting it on gas and letting the sediment settle, it’s fantastic!

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Kolsch is now kegged Friday, Jan 13 2012 

6 days Lagering was enough, besides it will lager while it’s on Co2. Transferred to the keg and put 12 psi of Co2 on it. I will take a taste of it when I return from Iowa next weekend(8 days from now) I can’t wait to see how it turns out. If its as good as I anticipate it to be I am going to enter it into the Bluebonnet competition next month.

It’s Lager Time! Monday, Jan 9 2012 

Transferred the Carboy to the fridge to let the Kolsch Lager for a couple of weeks before I transfer it to the keg. It just seems that lagering produces a nice crisp clean beer. I have high hopes for this brew, I can’t wait to get it on gas and taste it.

Happy Birthday to me! Sunday, Jan 1 2012 

Dec 29 was my birthday so I bought myself a new guitar with my birthday money. Ended up going with a Schecter Omen 6. It was on sale for a great price and I couldn’t pass it up. My friend Tim whom is an amazing guitar player made the suggestion of Schecter or an ESP. I was looking for something inexpensive because I already have an amazing Ibanez hollow body.

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Boil Wednesday, Dec 28 2011 

Here is the boil and the chiller right before its all done. So far this was the smoothest brew day I have had yet. Except I forgot to take my gravity reading prior to pitching the yeast. That’s ok, I will just remember next time. Hopefully my final gravity hits the mark.

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Mmmmm sweet hot wort Wednesday, Dec 28 2011 

Nice clear wort, almost ready for the boil.

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Mash Wednesday, Dec 28 2011 

Here is pictures of the mash, target temp was 151……not bad for a homemade mash tun!

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Kolsch Brew Day Wednesday, Dec 28 2011 

Today is brew day for my Full Draw Kolsch, I made a 1.2 liter yeast starter yesterday and I will be using new all glass fermenters. After the last 2 infected batches I am taking no chances and replaced everything and gave existing equipment a good cleaning. Here is a picture of the starter as of this morning.

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Fireplace photo Wednesday, Dec 21 2011 

I love the tenderness in this photo, my wife is gorgeous and I am a lucky man!
This is above the fireplace in our master bedroom.

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Family photos Wednesday, Dec 21 2011 

Just had to post up a few photos we had made.

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