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Old 02-18-2014, 02:42 AM   #51
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I was actually thinking of something along those lines. Adding some leftover Crystal, some German Magnum, some DME, then maybe a little lime or orange zest and seeing what comes out.

The problem isn't making potential trash- that'd be a waste of a whole 40 cents at this point. The problem would be if I ended up making something I really like, and trying to replicate it without spending a fortune on overpriced Mr. Beer refills!

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:18 AM   #52
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I'm the DYI type, and like a good beer- so a natural fit. Combine that, some 14/15yrs ago, with less income, single dad raising a daughter and thought I could brew good beer and cheaper too! I did. Then life got in the way, and somehow 13yrs slipped by without brewing any beer! Then, this past Christmas, my brother who jumped back in after a similar dry spell, bought me an IPA extract kit (DME)... nudge, nudge. So, here I am, back in it, first partial mash complete, and loving it! IPA turned out great, Oatmeal Stout is just coming into its own and tasting great (will do a Founder's Breakfast Stout for next winter) and just brewed a Lagunita's Sucks clone. Next is a Nugget Nectar clone!

Absolutely love brewing beer. How could 13yrs go by so quick (truly shocked when I saw my old brewing notes).

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:26 AM   #53
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I started brewing beer because, well,... beer.


Ale yes, I'm from Texas!

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:15 AM   #54
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My ex-wife bought me a Mr. Beer kit, thus causing me to maintain two eternal sources of bitterness, one being her absolute craziness and the other being the hops I keep for brewing.

Ha! Seriously though, I started the whole homemade alcohol thing while I was in college with a mead. A very complicated, highly involved mead. I had never tasted mead, and I wanted to try it. I sure as heck couldn't buy it in my area. It was really a melomel or metheglin or whatever the hell it was. It took 4 years to finish (no lie), but it was very good.

The Mr. Beer got me into brewing beer when, at the time, I only liked BMC; I did three batches, kind of liked it, and decided to up my game. I did two extract batches, and went straight into All-Grain. Since my first extract brew, I have loved craft beer and I haven't had a Miller Lite since I had a really awful week several months ago and bought a case just because I wanted to get hammered and not waste good beer doing so.

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