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Old 07-24-2012, 11:44 AM   #21
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PJM,

Charleston is kinda dry for draft beers. Soon there will be an English micro brew pub opening. I think next year is their plan. There was a blues BBQ downtown that had a huge selection of beers on tap but I'm pretty sure they are gone. I could be wrong. I usually have some home brews ready so you can always hit me up when you come to town. Maybe we can trade some brews or you can have some of mine if you promise to give me an honest review.

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Old 07-24-2012, 02:14 PM   #22
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I've got one keggle I built. I use two 10 gal igloo coolers for HLT and MT. I've also get ten hops plants in their first year of growth with five varieties. I should get a good crop still. I've been working on my own IPA recipe which is my goal for this fall when the tap water cools a little more.

Last week I brewed with my plate chiller for the first time which worked very well. Tap water is 80 and I chilled the wort down to 82 as fast as I could drain the keggle.

I want to make a few changes to my system. I want to make an electric HLT and build a RIMS or HERM MT. I also need to modify my burner for my keggle. I burn through a lot of propane during each brew because the burner sits too low for maximum efficiency due to the extra lip on the keggle.

I've been brewing for four years but switched to all grain this year. I already have 6 all grain brews under my belt which all turned out great. I don't know what it is but all the extract brews I did seemed to be missing something. Whatever it is I have it in the all grain brews so I'm very happy with my beers now. I also like the challenge of all grain brewing and trying to hit OG while brewing.

Saturday's I work at 4pm so maybe I could come by during one of your brews, meet you, and share a few brews I've made.

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Do you keep a constant ferm temperature i have found that has made a big difference in my all grain. I do brew in a bag and have found it to be extremely ease transition. Would love to swap a few brews I m dying to get honest feedback all my friends love it but they just love free beer....Also just got a new grain mill last week dying to try....I just never got time to brew family constraints and I'm addicted to these forums have learned and save so much.

ohh here was my last one the aforementioned watermelon wheat


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Old 07-24-2012, 02:33 PM   #23
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Kevin,

I'm able to hold my temps pretty good. I place my ales on the concrete basement floor. It holds them around 65. When I need to go colder I use my keggerator which has a temperature controller on it.

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That's a picture of my corona clone in the keggerator. I brewed it last week.


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My hops beginning to produce cones.

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Old 07-31-2012, 01:28 PM   #24
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Cheers Fellow CRW and WV brewers,

I live in Charleston, off of Lucado and Smith. I have done 30 -40 all grain brews, batch sparge, recirc chiller w/ pump. Still experimenting w/ the setup and would love to get together to brew sometime, share some homebrew and learn from others. Thanks for starting this thread.

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Evan,

We chatted in northern Brewer's forum. We will get together an brew sometime. I usually brew on thursday and Fridays since those are my days off right now. I've got 25 gallons fermenting and next week I plan to do my first ten gallon batch.

Soon my hops will be ready for harvest and I plan to start experimenting with them. I have five varieties and two if each growing. This is their first year but it looks like I will get a harvest from each one. It took a while to figure out their nutrient needs but now that I have that squared away they are kicking butt!

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would any of the Charleston or Wv home brewers be down for arranging a meeting some where. We can discus brews ideas, and hell even arrange a brew session some time. If people are interested I am sure we can set something up.

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I would be up for a meeting or what ever. I haven't brewed anythiing in a long time but I'm itching to get back at it. My schedule is pretty hectic most of the time but if you guys planned a meeting I could try to make. No promises though.

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Metzger22,

I'm not sure when my next brew will be. We recently lost two friends do my swmbo and I have been dealing with that lately. Kevin is probably the next one to make a batch. I'll see if he wouldn't mind having a big get together at his place. Where in charleston do you live? I posted earlier where I'm located. I accept texts too. You can text me anytime at 304-767-8034.

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Old 08-29-2012, 11:01 PM   #29
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Tim,
sorry to hear about you loss.
A brew day sounds great. I only have a few brew under my belt... all extract and some cider.
I would welcome the chance to get together with other Charleston Home Brewers to talk, learn and have fun home brewing.
If everyone wants to maybe we can set up a a meet and great sorta thing, som where like pies and pints or lolas, or somethinga
I live on the West side charleston edgewood area. I would down for a brew day.

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My schedule kinda blows when it comes to weekends. During the week I can usually do something. Thursday andfriday are my days off. If we do something then I will be there.

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