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  • I am married 19 years, two children (daughter 17, son 13) and I live in a small town in Northwestern New Jersey. We have 2 cats, a dog and 2 guinea pigs and are soon to have a corn snake (or some other slithery reptile).
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  • I started brewing in May 2011 with kit from Midwest Supplies, and it was love at first boil. I've brewed three batches, I have one in secondary now, and I have scheduled my batches out until June of 2012!
  • Autumn Amber Ale
    Carabou Slobber
  • Zippo...
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  • Autumn Amber Ale (aka: Padre's Summer Solstice Ale)
    Irish Red Ale (aka: Padre's Western Ale)
    John Quincy Adams Marblehead Lager (aka: Padre's Uncle John's Ale) Turned out horrid...
    Bavarian Hefeweisen (aka: LRCB's Hot as Hell Hefeweisen)
    American Amber
    Cream Ale (aka: My Dad's Beer)
    Holiday Ale (aka: Padre's Holiday Brew)
    American Amber (special brewing)
  • I kegged the Irish Red Ale using the tap-a-keg system. The process was easy and fast... the beer had a much fresher taste. I kegged my Uncle John's Ale, and part of my hefe.
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  • Posted in thread: Spike Brewing Kettle Giveaway on 07-29-2016 at 02:03 PM
    I'm in

  • Posted in thread: Dry hopping with a lot of headspace? on 06-18-2016 at 12:43 AM
    Chances are you will not oxidize the wort when adding the hops. During fermentation, as you've
    stated, CO2 stays on the surface of the beer... as long as you are not stirring or splashing
    the hops in,...

  • Posted in thread: Safale S04 Yeast Newb Question on 06-17-2016 at 01:27 AM
    theseeker4 is correct, but recall that the fermentation process also yields carbon dioxide, and
    that stays as a layer over the top of the fermenting beer. You don't want to mess with it, as
    theseeker ...

  • Posted in thread: Bucket fermentation time & bottling sugar amount on 06-17-2016 at 01:19 AM
    Another option is carbonation tabs, or Cooper's carbonation drops. You will not always get the
    spot on carbonation the style calls for, but it beats measuring out sugar bottle by bottle.
    Just let the ...

  • Posted in thread: Cleaning with OxiClean on 06-17-2016 at 01:10 AM
    I've used oxyclean for 4 years now... I use it to clean everything. I don't soak anything in it
    for more than 15 minutes as it does leave residue - and I rinse everything that's come in
    contact with i...

  • Posted in thread: Convert Doppelbock to an Ale - Please Help on 06-17-2016 at 12:58 AM
    If you end up brewing both, put the Doppelbock in the chamber (assuming it's refrigerated and
    can maintain temps between 45*f and 55*f), and leave the trappist to ferment in a room 65*f to
    75*f. If yo...

  • Posted in thread: Gravity readings and losing CO2? on 05-15-2016 at 11:57 PM
    I've never worried about oxidation during gravity tests, and for a couple of reasons. First,
    there is CO2 present in the beer as a result of fermentation... it rises and maintains a layer
    over the bee...

  • Posted in thread: BeerSmith Software on 05-11-2016 at 12:52 AM
    How good is the mobile version? I am looking for something on my tablet to take in the garage
    for note taking etc.It's an uber light version of the PC version. I bought it, played with it a
    bit, then ...

  • Posted in thread: Hydro reading on 05-09-2016 at 12:22 AM
    You'll need to plug your recipe into a calculator to make that determination. If you are not
    using a software, like BeerSmith, look at John Palmer's book, "How to Brew". He includes the
    efficiency cal...

  • Posted in thread: So I sampled before bottling and.... on 05-09-2016 at 12:15 AM
    IPA's get some interesting flavors, unless it's a hop bomb, and then it's just that. The
    flavors are coming from the hops and yeast... influenced by the temperature the wort was
    fermented. ChemErik hi...