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  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • It is all about Hockey, Beer, and the outdoors.
  • Hockey,Beer,Hunting,Fishing
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  • BenC
  • Got into homebrewing fall 2008 after my dad tasted some homebrew a friend of his shared. We bought the initial kit together and brewed a couple of extract batches together. It might have been a bit technical for him, and being the engineer that I am, I wouldn't stand for DME after the first couple batches and started building basic equipment. That led me to these:

    MLT - igloo cooler with SS braid line loop
    Imersion coil chiller - 70 deg in under 10 min
    Swamp chiller - basic ferm temp control
    Fermentation cabinet, freezer attached (just finishing up but cools to lagering temps and plan to add heating option for winter)

    Next up: Kegging system (tired of bottling my "standby" brew"
  • Belgian Tripel
    Haymakers Ale (lawnmower style suitable for after hay is put up)
  • Biscuit Eater Ale (pale ale)
    Dubbel Trouble (Trapist style dubbel)
  • Biscuit Eater Ale
    Raspberry Wheat Wine
    Arrogant Amber
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  • Married


  • Posted in thread: Extra Malt Extract on 07-24-2010 at 01:24 PM
    Wow... I need to think and type faster as well. Two post before I could get mine in.

  • Posted in thread: Extra Malt Extract on 07-24-2010 at 01:23 PM
    Maybe it is just pre-hopped LME? If it isn't stale, it can surely be used. The trick might be
    calculating IBU. I'm sure Yooper could better suggest a usage if she knew exactly what it
    is.Either way, I...

  • Posted in thread: Fermenting to hot? on 07-24-2010 at 01:08 PM
    I have brewed pale ales in the mid 70's with Fermentis US-05 which is about the same as the
    1056. You do get a bit more fruity esters, but I like that in cascade hopped APA.

  • Posted in thread: Excited for first brew session tomorrow! on 07-24-2010 at 01:02 PM
    I had a old canning pot I was going to use when I started a couple years ago. It had an odd
    aroma I just couldn't get out of it even after boiling water in it a couple times. I just ended
    up going and...

  • Posted in thread: Does your local brew shop crush grain? on 07-24-2010 at 12:54 PM
    I'm in Homer's area and use one of the same LHBS. They put in a motorized monster mill that
    crushes lickety split. They used to have the hand cranks that customers could use. I think it
    came down to k...

  • Posted in thread: Outdoor Propane Burners... Worth It? on 07-24-2010 at 12:22 PM
    I use a turkey fryer with its included 7gallon pot. I do preheat my sparge water in a second
    5gal pot on the stove though, but SWMBO likes gas burners so that works suprisingly well. I
    wouldn't have a...

  • Posted in thread: Obligatory Freak Out Thread on 07-24-2010 at 12:12 PM
    Not at all. It is the hightlight of my day whenever I wake up to a bubbling airlock or blowoff.
    Just another hint... start sniffing your airlock to get that next fix.

  • Posted in thread: Playing the Waiting Game on 07-24-2010 at 12:07 PM
    Those are some nice bottles, but are they green and not brown? Keep them out of the light if
    they are green.

  • Posted in thread: Hello from SW MI on 07-20-2010 at 08:33 PM
    Hey neighbor. Welcome.

  • Posted in thread: Longer time carbonating at 70 = bottle bombs? on 06-30-2010 at 03:39 PM
    As long as you used to correct amount of priming sugar you can store your beer at room temp. No
    need to refrigerate until a day or so before drinking.If you overprimed or bottled before
    fermentation c...