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We bottled six of our most recent beers for the national homebrewers conference competition.

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Using the Blichmann beer gun and newly purchased speed racks, the event went smoothly.

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We have two versions of Kölsch, two Gose, a barleywine, and a pale ale. 

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Today we brewed 12 gallons of a California Lager, inspired by Anchor’s version. Ingredients are 23 lbs of two row and 3.5 ounces of Cluster hops. This old school approach is gaining a serious foothold these days. Homebrewers are finding out that simple recipes help you evaluate ingredients and yeasts unlike a more complex recipe. In simple terms, this is a classic SMASH brew, (single malt single hop).  We are using a WLP 810 California Lager for 6 gallons and WLP 029 Kolsch yeast for the other 6. We are hoping that a cooler fermentation will help the style and get us to where we would like to be.

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It was a simple brew and almost everything went right. However, we were shooting for a 151 degree mash temp and missed low by 2 degrees. Only time will tell whether this will be a bad thing. The beer might be super dry, but who knows, this might be good.

We also kegged our Kolsch and Blond from previous brews. We tasted our aging Berliner weisse (not ready) and our barrel aged barley wine (maybe ready for kegging).

Lastly, we popped open a few bottles from our collection and did a little “quality control.”  This was fun…

Most of the beer tasted great and it was great to taste what the judges had commented on all spring and summer.

We even tried some of our Barleywine.

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We also received ribbons for three beers we entered into the California State Fair:
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Ribbons arrived!

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I got home today to find a big box at my doorstep.   Here is what was inside:

Bronze medal for our Kolsch.

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Bronze medal and bar towel

A bag of freebies from NHC.

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Freebies

A recipe kit from Epic Brewing.

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Epic 5gal IPA kit

Pretty cool!