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Football season kickoff

01 September 2017 - 06:07 PM

Smoking a couple of shoulders for tailgating tomorrow. Hopefully the timing works out where these will be about done when we leave in the morning. I'll wrap them up, head to Champaign, IL and tear um up.Attached File  IMG_6989.JPG   113.39KB   83 downloads

Ozzy's Sour Program

27 August 2017 - 06:36 PM

This past year I just started to really like sour beers.  So it's about time to start making them.  After doing a fair amount of research, I'm going to go about it slowly.  
To start this off I already brewed a French Saison.  I mashed the temp high on purpose to hopefully get more unfermentable sugars in hopes that the saison yeast can't eat them all up and the Brett yeast I'm going to add will have something to chomp on.  
Anyway, the saison yeast was tougher than I thought.  
OG 1.062
After primary 1.009.  
That gives me a 6.96% beer at the moment.  
Now I added 2 strains of Brett to the secondary.  

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I will let this sit in the basement and check on it every few months and check on how it's coming along.  It will take quite awhile for the transformation to occur.  I fully expect it to take until next summer to get what I'm looking for.  In the mean time I will probably brew another Belgian style beer and put a different strain of Brett into it and let it sit as well.  That way when the time comes, I will have another beer that I can blend with this first one, to get the best tasting beer possible.  With any luck, it will turn out great and then I can decide if I want to add some fruit to it as well.  The fruited sours have been my favorite.  
Updates to follow  :metal:


Brew gear deal

07 June 2017 - 10:17 AM

Figured I'd just make a deal thread for people to share if they see something good.

This is an awesome price for. 14" deep screen. I just ordered one. Wanted to share.


Ozzys small break from brewing 2017

29 May 2017 - 08:25 PM

Well, it's that time again. I actually didn't sow a single seed this year :(. I had way too much last year and honestly brewing is my number 1 hobby now. So I'm taking it a bit easier this year.

Still have these over winters.

I plan to sow seeds again next season, but this year I just couldn't find the motivation, not too mention we're are always crazy busy with my kids competitive swimming.

Anyway, I did manage to get planted for this season. Tomatos, cucumbers, plenty of jalapeños, bells, and some habs.



I still have room for a few more rows. I ordered some plants from Refining to fill those in.

The soil is looking killer. The last 2 seasons of compost added have really helped.


The black matting I put down worked out great too. At the end of the season, I just pulled it off and used the back of the rake to knock off any of the left over weeds. So I used it again today.

Also got a twine line for my Columbus hop plant. Hopefully I can get it to grow well and produce so I can use some in beer.

Also scored this planter at Sams the other day. We're going to load it up with herbs on the deck. Fresh herbs are my favorite.

Well, I'll update it again once I get the rest of the plants settled in. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck to everyone this season. I know I can't wait to get some fresh pods.


13 May 2017 - 11:08 AM

Pretty good read.