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Old 01-04-2013, 06:40 AM   #1
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Anyone brewing locally that I could bounce ideas off of?

I just got started brewing and in fact will be doing my first batch in about a week. I am working on making my wort chiller right now. Also I still need to wire up my temp regulator to my kegerator. I am using a keggle that i made for a brew pot and am thinking about making a stir plate for culturing my yeast.

My first brew is going to be a Hefewiezen since that is what I like to drink.

I would like to know what additions I could do to make a killer extract brew? Any thoughts? Type of hops?

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Old 01-10-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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Well, I got the stir plate made, the wort chiller made, and just got in my kit from Midwest brewers. I am ready and will be brewing this weekend! I will say how it went next week.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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Can you narrow down "locally" - it is a rather large state! Welcome to both homebrewing and HBT.

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
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It sure is, I am in Anchorage. Just put my first batch into the fermentor on Saturday, however, I really botched it and will likely have to dump it. I will brew another batch this weekend and learn from my mistakes on the first batch. Where are you located?

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Well hopefully you were able to let your first batch work through its process before dumping it out, and hopefully your second batch was a bigger success. I've got batches 20 and 21 fermenting now, and will bottle/keg them when I return from vacation next week. I'm a bit north up in Fairbanks.

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I checked the beer yesterday and it smelt fine and tasted like miller high life or something, supposed to be a heff. Checked the hydrometer and was reading between 1.10 and 1.20. About 1% abv. Added 3 lbs of DME to increase flavor and abv. Should finish at 4% abv and taste more like a heff. we will see, I will rack off in the secondary this Wednesday and leave for another week before kegging. However, I should be drinking my first Homebrew on the super bowl! Fairbanks is cold man! I don't think I could handle that, great summers though. I may be heading up your way in the spring to hunt a black bear.

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If you have done 21 batches thus far, then you will probably have some good tips on making a good IPA. What kind of recipe do you recommend?

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That sounds great man, hope the vacation went well. I finished my first batch and force carbonated it for 24 hours. After the addition of the DME it really turned out good. It is almost a spitting image of the Glacier Brewhouse Heffe. I think it's even better! Wildly surpassed my expectations. I will brew my next batch this weekend and will be either a raspberry wheat or a different Heffe recipe. I will try an IPA in the next few batches.

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