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  • I'm a nursing student in my second year of school. I have a daughter who's 4 months old and a husband who sure likes my brewing hobby :)
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  • I have wanted to brew for years after drinking beer on a visit to Germany but didn't because my parents would have never allowed it (or commercial beer, for that matter) in their house. Then one day, a few years later, married and moved out and drinking beer, I was talking with my midwife (I just had a baby in June '11) and I discovered that she brewed. I was inspired and went straightaway to the brew shop, bought some buckets and basic equipment, borrowed a pot and what else I couldn't invest in just yet from a friend, and made beer. It was great, and my husband and I finished off the batch. about 2 1/2 weeks after I bottled it. Oops. Next time we will be more patient, but it really was not bad!
    I love brewing for the very idea of it and also because it's economical. My first batch cost about $20 in malt extract, grains, hops, etc, and I would be willing to drink that again and not get fancy for a while.
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Pseudo-Edwort's Apfelwein (substituted cane sugar and Coopers for what's in the recipe).
  • American IPA - almost gone, in two and a half weeks :(
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  • Posted in thread: Kahlua Anyone? on 03-20-2012 at 05:11 PM
    Boiled off coffee? Eep. I'm going to try this but I'm going to use a cold brew because I can't
    imagine boiling being helpful to the flavor.

  • Posted in thread: Chill Haze, for realz on 02-05-2012 at 07:42 AM
    I guess it's immaterial to say that somehow without trying too hard I get crystal clear beers
    at temps down to low fridge temps. I don't know what temperature exactly. The things I've
    changed are usin...

  • Posted in thread: Homebrew equipment wanted! Need everything! on 02-04-2012 at 07:42 AM
    Aw, I thought you were in Portland, Oregon at first. I am near there and have found a great
    source for stuff fairly locally. But you're not in Oregon! I borrowed as much as I could when I
    started out,...

  • Posted in thread: How many carboys do you own? on 01-27-2012 at 09:03 PM
    1x5 better bottle2x6 plastic buckets

  • Posted in thread: Any Kitchenaid stand mixer owners? on 01-25-2012 at 05:25 AM
    My mom has always had a Kitchen Aid, and my grandmother did too. We have one of the Artisan
    models. I'm not 100% happy with it. It groans if I try to put a big batch of bagel dough in it
    - and who wan...

  • Posted in thread: Homemade LME is it possible? on 01-25-2012 at 05:19 AM
    I'd guess for the normal person it would be a lot harder to make LME than buy it (unless you
    have lots of free time on your hand). I mean, think about it -- you have to make wort, PLUS put
    it in some ...

  • Posted in thread: Second brew gone bad at 2 wks in bottle on 12-24-2011 at 06:51 AM
    Hm. I noticed at the beginning, I was happy drinking beer after a very short time in the
    bottle, as in, a few days after! I really could not tell the difference, I don't think (or I
    was just so impati...

  • Posted in thread: Citra Hops Unavailable After This Year?!!! on 12-24-2011 at 06:44 AM
    So, did I miss the citra hops? I guess I should have been looking for them when they were being
    harvested, but it just occurred to me to brew with them, since I liked the beer I had a few
    months ago w...

  • Posted in thread: Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale (AG and Extract versions) on 12-24-2011 at 04:25 AM
    I just made the extract version of this - I tasted on at 10 days and it's awesome! Thanks so
    much for the recipe. It shocked me how much it tastes like pumpkin pie. Next year I'll make
    some earlier fo...

  • Posted in thread: Knowing what you know now, what would you buy starting out? on 11-06-2011 at 07:09 AM
    Fermometers on all carboys/buckets! I would have gotten a normal hydrometer container to do
    measurements in, in addition to having a wine thief to get it out of the bucket. I still have
    to get one, ac...

Primary: Oatmeal Stout Secondary: Edwort's Apfelwein To brew: Irish Red and Milk Stout