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Post by jacinthebox » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:50 pm

Big congrats to mark for winning 2 gold and BOS at the 2016 Ales club open.
Big win for the Mark...the brewnosers community...and the east coast.
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Post by RubberToe » Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:44 pm

Wow, that's awesome! Congrats, Mark!
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Post by mcgster » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:10 pm

Thanks!! I'm shocked I was fortunate enough to be watching live as I was wiring up my panel and was stunned. I appreciate the shout out :)


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Post by Keith » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:43 pm

Congrats. 2 golds is an accomplishment, BOS is impressive!
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Post by LeafMan66_67 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:50 am

Great job Mark! Congrats!
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Post by mcgster » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:35 am

Thanks Keith and Derek!

Gose has become one of my favorite styles of beer that i try to search out whenever i travel (needless to say i don't think a gose has ever been sold in Newfoundland).

There definitely is an aspect of luck in something like this, and i also need to give credit to Dave83 who brewed this batch with me (it likely would have been a disaster if he didn't keep me on track, i'm easily distracted). It was definitely a 2 man job since we did three different styles of beer from one huge mash and pulled some grist to do a decoction with Dave's grainfather. Then we pulled 5.5 gallons for a Berliner Weisse, used Dave's grainfather to boil the hefe, and the boil kettle for the gose. We came within 2 points of hitting our gravity on all three beer.

I added salt and lactic acid to the gose at kegging, and was worried about ruining the batch and all the hard work. I would add a small amount of salt, purge the headspace in the keg, mix it and try it. Then when i thought the salt was where i wanted it i did the same with lactic acid... which then threw off the salt level so i had to repeat the process, needless to say all the "sampling" made it for an interesting morning :rockin:
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Post by mcgster » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:38 am

Mash to the max:
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Post by BBrianBoogie » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:10 am

Excellent showing Mark, congrats! :cheers:

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Post by chalmers » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:47 am

Well done, Mark!

Reading the results @ Everwood Ave (http://www.everwoodavebrewshop.com/v/re ... s/ales.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;), has you from both St Johns, NB and St Johns, BC. You get around! :)

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Post by mcgster » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:55 am

LOL good catch, i don't think it has "Saint John, NB" correctly for any of them!

I noticed on the live stream they were saying i was originally from Halifax and now in Saint John. That must just be an artifact of brewing under the "Brewnoser" club based out of Halifax.

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Post by mumblecrunch » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:13 am

Extremely well done Mark, congratulations! Like Keith said, the two golds are impressive but the BOS is really amazing.

(And a little shout to Dave and Everwood for stepping up to the prime sponsorship role for a comp so far from home.)

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Post by mcgster » Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:21 pm

Thanks!

Also, great point about Dave's sponsorship of this competition. Thanks Dave!! The title sponsor would have been a big commitment but it was nice to see your logos on all the banners!

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Post by LiverDance » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:23 pm

Awesome stuff Mark! How much lactic did you add in the keg? I did this once with a Flanders that I wanted a bit more tart. Not an easy thing


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Post by mcgster » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:55 pm

I found that ~ 10mls per attempt was the point where i could taste a noticeable difference in the keg, so i just kept adding 10mls until it hit the acidity i was hoping for (or thought i was) total was around 80mls in the 5 gal keg. I had found reports of people using 90 or 100mls to hit the acidity level they wanted so its probably pretty subjective.

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Post by amartin » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:04 am

Whoo! Go Mark!

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Post by jacinthebox » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:39 am

Mark...did u get ur score sheets? Was hoping to read the feed back on the 2 beer I sent
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Post by mcgster » Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:16 am

Not yet, someone asked them on Twitter and they said that they were all going to be posted electronically though.

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Post by Keggermeister » Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:21 am

Congrats on the win! Bring some to Big Strange Brew June 10th weekend, and win BOS there too!

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Post by jacinthebox » Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:20 pm

mcgster wrote:Not yet, someone asked them on Twitter and they said that they were all going to be posted electronically though.

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Post by mcgster » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:15 pm

Keggermeister wrote:Congrats on the win! Bring some to Big Strange Brew June 10th weekend, and win BOS there too!
I would love to but I'm stuck in NL again this year for this one!

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