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Award-winning Apricot Wheat Beer: Tasting Notes

Award-winning Apricot Wheat Beer: Tasting Notes

Last spring, I submitted a few entries to the 2013 Texas Bluebonnet Brew-off, the largest “single-site” homebrew competition. I did well for my standards, as a number of my beers were “pushed” to the second round. Excitingly enough, my apricot wheat beer, an American-style wheat beer brewed with loads of tasty apricots, won a 3rd … Continue reading

2013 Summer Solstice Brew: Blonde Barleywine

2013 Summer Solstice Brew: Blonde Barleywine

If you haven’t noticed, I like to brew big beers to celebrate the changing of seasons. For the 2013 summer solstice, I brewed a big English-style barleywine with a twist: using only Maris Otter malt. Hence Blonde Barleywine! After aging for 6 months in bottle (fairly young for a barleywine), I gave this one a … Continue reading

Naked Blonde Ale: Tasting Notes

Naked Blonde Ale: Tasting Notes

After anxiously awaiting over 2 months, the Naked Blonde Ale (an American Blonde Ale with a high proportion of Simpsons Golden Naked Oats) has completed¬†fermentation¬†and bottled-conditioning. Starting at 1.046, using US-05, this ale finished fermentation down to 1.009, attenuating over 80% (this was due to low mash temperatures). Fermenting around 68 F, the US-05 showed … Continue reading

Naked Blonde Ale: Brew Day

Naked Blonde Ale: Brew Day

As suggestive as the name of this beer sounds, it is really just an ingredient exploration brew using Simpsons Golden Naked Oats in a basic blonde ale, hence “Naked” ¬†Blonde. I have only used oats once before in brewing, and that was flaked oats in an oatmeal stout (when I was a beginner brewer). Thus, … Continue reading