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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Next Beer has been decided! Tuesday, Dec 20 2011 

I have decided on a Kolsch for my next beer. Something with minimal ingredients so that I can concentrate on the process and really start to improve the quality of my beer. I have melded 2 different recipes to make my own and it sounds delicious. I have also decided to start naming my brews based on my hobby of bow hunting, so this one will be named Full Draw Kolsch. Goofy I know but so are some of the craft brew variants out there such as in heat wheat and various other names.

Apfelwein Pictures Monday, Dec 19 2011 

Here is the German Apfelwein, just over a month in the fermenter and it’s clearing up nicely!

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Mead Pictures Monday, Dec 19 2011 

The mead has been going for just over 3 days now, here’s how it looks.

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Sanitization Monday, Dec 19 2011 

Well, after my back to back infections I decided to replace, clean and sanatize everything that touckes my beer post boil. Yesterday I replaced all CO2 lines, beer lines, pin lock connectors, CO2 manifold and autosiphon. Everything received a PBW bath followed by a Starsan bath. I was hoping my FIL could try some of my recently made Steam Beer, it was great after fermentation and I have been bragging about my beers, now I have to serve him storebought, Uggggghhhhhh. I did do a 1 gallon JAOM Mead on Friday and its fermenting nicely. Walked into the fermenting room(Spare Bedroom) and found that it foamed up into the 3 piece airlock! Now I need to think about my next brew, probably going Kolsch, need to peruse some recipes and get started. Update coming soon!!!

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