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Old 04-04-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Well I just moved from Chicago to West Virginia and I thought I would take the chance to sort of start over in my brewing. I didn't brew for a 6 months before I left in order to empty out my 6 kegs, I did not want to move 6 kegs full of beer. I just got brewing classic styles and I'm excited to create a whole new line up of beers for my kegerator. I'm also taking the time to spend a little extra money and do some DIY projects that have been on my list for a while.

Here's the list of my first 6 brews to be on tap.

1-Peanut Butter Stout
2-Cascade SMaSH
3-Centennial SMaSH
4-BierMuncher's Litehaus Wheat
5-Maibock
6-Oktoberfest

Here's the list of projects I'm going to try and get done in the next few weeks.

1-Turn my crappy keezer in to a Jester clone



2-Wire an old fridge with a dual temp controller so I never have to worry about fermentation temperature again, and finally be able to brew lagers.

3-Build 2 stir plates.

4-Get my Cascade and Centennial hops out of pots and into the ground.

Lots of pics and questions to follow I'm sure.

But first thing is first, I brewed my peanut butter stout yesterday and it really smells like peanut butter! I hope it comes through in the final beer.

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Old 04-04-2011, 04:29 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your escape!

I have never thought about making a peanut butter stout before. I've seen a few threads lately. It just doesn't sound good to me. I have heard that too much oil can affect head retention.

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Awesome, and good luck. Why the move to WV?

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I have never thought about making a peanut butter stout before. I've seen a few threads lately. It just doesn't sound good to me. I have heard that too much oil can affect head retention.

I went to Odd Side Ales Grand Haven and had their Peanut Butter Cup Stout that was great. I was reading about the problems with head retention because of the oil. Going through the process of extracting all the oil was just too much the day after moving so I said screw it and just threw the whole jar in.



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Awesome, and good luck. Why the move to WV?
I just graduated from medical school and I'm starting my residency in a few months.
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I just graduated from medical school and I'm starting my residency in a few months.
Good luck to you! I'm finishing up my PGY1 year now, I'm sorry to say I left my brewing stuff behind when I moved I've been pondering getting back into it soon, my 4 months in the ICU next year seem like a perfectly reasonable time to fit it into the schedule What's your specialty?
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:32 PM   #6
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Subbed to see how these projects unfold, especially the peanut butter brew (also curious about the head retention).

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Good luck to you! I'm finishing up my PGY1 year now, I'm sorry to say I left my brewing stuff behind when I moved I've been pondering getting back into it soon, my 4 months in the ICU next year seem like a perfectly reasonable time to fit it into the schedule What's your specialty?
I'm doing general surgery. I'm trying to fill up the keezer while I have time, after July my brew time will be drastically decreased.




Well, I tried to brew both my SMaSH recipes today but my regulator on my burner broke. I ordered one, supposed to be in on Thursday so I guess it's stripping wall paper and painting until then.
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Not much progress yet, too busy cleaning out the garage of all the misc. boxes from moving. Finally got the freezer moved inside and went to Home Depot and got some wood and hardware for the build. Tonight I'm going to try and get the rust taken care of and take out the liner and insulation in the lid. I had some beer spill inside a tower and it does not smell good.



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Hey Brian, looks like I found you on HBT. Good luck on the move and the new brews. If you get to Wichita anytime soon we'll have some good beer ready for you.

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If you don't mind What recipe did you use for the peanut butter beer? It sounds like an amazing idea!

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