Emerald Coast Beer Festival Beer Pairing Dinner

If you plan to attend this on Thursday night of the festival, it is an extra $55…but I would call and get it reserved.

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Dee’s Berliner Weisse Process

This is a RIMS (recirculating infusion mash system) mash with a bucket heater attached to a digital temp controller to maintain mash temps. It’s very efficient and holds temps within one degree across the mash for 90 minutes. I use gas heat for a mash out when I begin sparging.RIMS_photo

I’m using a bucket heater attached to a digital temp controller to maintain 100-110 degree temps in a water bath. This is done to promote lactobacillus growth (souring through lactic acid production) for 10 gallons of Berliner Weisse. After 5 days of inoculation, I cooled the water bath to 72 with ice, pitched yeast into the 1.032 wort and fermentation was complete within 24 hours. This is the world’s most refreshing beer!

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July Meeting Recap

Hey Hopheads! Despite the rain, everyone had a great time this Saturday. We had a great turn-out. There was a plan to get a big group photo but that turned out to be impossible with the rain. We really appreciate the work that Dee put in to have our canopy, banner, and jokeybox set up. We talked about the upcoming Emerald Coast Beer Festival, arranging for rooms and transportation, and the mini IPA contest we will be conducting at the next meeting at Bobby Brown’s house. More details about this will be coming out soon. We also really appreciate Big Dave volunteering to use his van to help transport all the brew.

If you are planning to join us in Pensacola at the beer festival and have not reserved your room yet, please do so as soon as possible. We plan to leave on Thursday at 9 a.ml, wheels on the road from the Chattahoochee Brewing Company, so get there by 8 a.m. to help us load things up. Reserve your room for the nights of September 5, 6, and 7th. The hotel is the Days Inn Pensacola Beach and reservations can be made at 1-800-934-3301. Make sure to do this soon. Refunds can always be made, but once the rooms are booked that is it. Also, email us if you need a room mate and we will get you in touch with others wanting a room mate.

We tried several great homebrews on Saturday’s meeting and some interesting commercial beers too. For homebrews: Kurt brought his dry stout, Ben brought an Engllish Mild, Brian brought a double chocolate oatmeal “cookie” stout, Ken and Lisa brought a wheat beer and a mango wheat beer, Bobby brought a Sculpin IPA cone, and Dee brought his famous Kolsh. Let me know if I forgot anyone in that list. We had a nice surprise appearance of our neighboring, Auburn Homebrew Club. They also shared some interesting homebrew with us as well. One of them was a brew done with brett. They also shared a few beligains and other goodies. We also had some interesting commercial beers shared. There were several IPAs, a cucumber Saison by Cigar City, and few Imperial Stouts.

Several of you pre-bought your T-shirts and we really appreciate it. Please, if you have not purchased your shirts yet, use our paypal button and do so. This money will help us cover the cost of everyone’s tickets that are attending. You can purchase the shirts at this link:https://hopheaded.wordpress.com/tshirts-and-brew-stuff/ You don’t need a paypal account to do so. It will take your debit or credit card. Please include the size and colors you want in the comment section of the paypal checkout.

Between the T-shirt sales and the raffle we have raised enough money to cover the cost of the shirts and buy several tickets for members to attend the ECBF in September. We still want to encourage anyone that has not paid dues or bought their shirts to do so as soon as possible so we can cover the festival tickets for everyone. Speaking of the festival, a separate email will be coming to you soon asking for information to help us get organized. Please respond to it when you get it.

It was great to see everyone, share different beers, talk about homebrewing, meet new people, hang out, ave a good time and end the night with a fireworks display. We appreciate Derrell allowing us to use the area so close to his business, and everyone who participated and attended. The club is growing fast and that can only be a good thing. Keep an eye out for an email that will be asking you for some information, and have more details on the beer festival. Another email will be coming in the next few weeks that will have details on next month’s meeting. If you plan to enter the IPA contest, let us know as soon as possible. It was great to see you all, and hope you all keep brewing and sharing with us for many meeting to come!

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Shit Beer Geeks Say

This video is hilarious and true. My favorite line is, “this is hideously infected, unless its a lambic…in which case its awesome!” Or, “its like I was smashed in the face with a Christmas tree with mangoes in it!” If you got a good beer geek saying throw it in the comments.

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Peach Cobbler Wheat Ale Recipe

Peach Wheat 5 gallon
Fruit Beer

Type: All Grain
Date: 8/10/2012
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Brewer: Barn Burner
Boil Size: 7.00 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (7.5 gal) and Igloo Cooler (10 Gal)
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
5 lbs Maris Otter (3.3 SRM) Grain 41.67 %
4 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 33.33 %
1 lbs Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 8.33 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4.17 %
2.00 oz Mt. Hood [6.00 %] (60 min) Hops 35.8 IBU
1 lbs Milk Sugar (Lactose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 8.33 %
8.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM) Sugar 4.17 %
2 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [Starter 35 ml] Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.065 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.057 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.55 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.61 %
Bitterness: 35.8 IBU Calories: 255 cal/pint
Est Color: 8.8 SRM Color: Color

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 10.50 lb
Sparge Water: 5.23 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE Mash PH: 5.4 PH

Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 13.13 qt of water at 170.1 F 154.0 F

Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage

Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 4.2 oz Carbonation Used: –
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F


Add one box of peach tea bags at flame out with one cinnamon stick. Put onto 8 lbs of pureed peaches in secondary. Boil another cinnamon stick in one cup of water to add at kegging time with one split vanilla bean and peach extract to taste.

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Beer Raffle for Family in Need

AmeliaampZoe1_zpsfa9fd8d7Via BeerAdvocate member BigGene:

It is with a heavy heart that I reach out to the BA community to help a family very close to me that has suffered a tragic loss. My best friend Dave and his wife Tabitha were expecting twins. Dave has 2 sons from a previous marriage that are 6 and 9 (Ryan and Connor). Everyone was very excited that there were going to be two additions to the family.

On June 1st Tabitha was admitted to the hospital to have the babies delivered via C-section. That afternoon Tabitha complained of a severe headache, the Doctors gave her some pain medication and something for nausea. She fell asleep from the medication. Around 8pm the nurses came to take her to surgery and they could not wake her up. No matter what they tried she would not wake up.

She was rushed to surgery to deliver the babies, two beautiful and healthy identical twin baby girls named Amelia and Zoe. Tabitha was then rushed to a CT scan and they found what looked like a bleed from a stroke. The neurologist operated and was able to clear the area. Doctors then did another scan and found a much larger bleed deep in her brain. She had an aneurysm and they could not operate without doing more harm than good.

Over the next 10 days Dave and the family were keeping a vigil and caring for precious little Amelia and Zoe, hoping for Tabitha to recover. Both babies were eating, gaining weight and being just so darn cute. They were able to go home on June 10th but their Mother was still in the Hospital.

According to the Doctors and specialists Tabitha showed no signs of recovery and little to no brain activity. On June 11th at 8pm Dave made the excruciating decision to remove Tabitha from life support. She fought for 10 hours and passed away at 6am on June 12th. Tabitha was never able to hold her Daughters and Amelia and Zoe will never know their Mother.

Dave has a good job but they were a 2 income family, now that Dave has 4 children to care for his pay is not going to go as far. Pictures below. I will try to get more up but Dave does not know I am doing this so its hard to ask for pictures of the boys and the whole family.

I am holding a raffle to raise money for the care of Amelia and Zoe as well as Ryan and Connor.

Please donate using PayPal ForAmeliaandZoe@gmail.com Please include your BA name in the comments.

For every $20 donated you will get one entry into the raffle. I will keep this open until August 1st. I will post a video on You Tube of the drawing.

I reached out to Cigar City and VP Justin Clark was extremely generous and offered bottles from his own cellar. (the top 4)

Here is the list to start (hopefully it will grow)
This is an EPIC box with 2 beers that take an act of Congress to get a hold of.
1-2011 Cigar City / Bruery Morron Acidifie
1-2011 Cigar City Campeador Greaves Bottle 236/240
1-2011 Cigar City Hunahpu’s
1-2013 Cigar City BA Hunahpu’s (YES Cali Brandy BA Huna)
1-2013 Three Floyds Dark Lord
1-2013 Cigar City Gates of Hell

I reserve the right to split the above into 2 boxes if I feel that the BA community has been exceptionally generous.

The Campeador and the BA Huna will NOT be in the same box if I do split this up.

If you cannot afford to Donate but you would like to add bottles to the list please let me know. The more we can raise the better the future for these 4 children.

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Homebrew Alabama | A Photo Project


I thought this might interest some of you….

Finally, Alabama has made it out of the brew closet! Homebrewing is now legal in Alabama and I am looking for homebrewers to help me tell your beer story. As a homebrewer myself, I would love to meet you and help share your beer story with others. What made you interested in craft beer? Why homebrew? What does it all mean to you? What are you brewing? What’s your story?

Go here for more information.

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