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  • Relative newbie.rn1st batch brewed 12/26/11(Christmas present)rnI can sense a new obsessive hobby...........
  • Scouting,hiking,camping,music
  • Veterinarian
  • same
  • eclectic- jazz,folk,some pop, classical, singer-songwriter
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • currently BBT
  • varied interests
  • too many to list
  • Have been thinking about brewing since I found a Hop vine at an old abandoned homestead 3 years ago, and transplanted it home. It grows up the side of my house.rnMy wife finally took the hint and got me a 'Truebrew' kit for Christmas 2011. 1st brew was an 'Oktoberfest' on 12/26. Surprised me by being quite tasty.
  • Upcoming in next month:rn1. Irish Redrn2.'Kitchen Sink' Stoutrnthen prior to summer, a cream ale, and a 'Blue Moon' clone. Probably will want to do a porter or brown ale as well.rnThen Fall will be an Alt, back to back with 'Ben's Double Alt', followed by another Oktoberfest and maybe a bock.rnFall
  • nothing at this point
  • Cascadian Dark Lager thats been lagering for a month now. Probably bottle in another 2 weeks.
  • Since 9/12:rn'Ben's Double Alt'rnCiderrn'Loghouse Honey Porter'rn'Novemberfest'rn'New Years Special Bitter'
  • none
  • Male
  • Married
  • Ellsworth
  • Maine


  • Posted in thread: Bottled and nothing on 07-10-2014 at 08:10 PM
    A wise brewer (Nighthawk I think) posted the following tip a few years ago: Use an empty soda
    bottle to bottle one. Squeeze out the excess air before screwing on the cap. As CO2 is
    produced, it will f...

  • Posted in thread: Water Adjustments and Extract Brewing on 06-05-2014 at 08:31 PM
    MrH said it very well.When they make your extract, the companies adjust their water
    chemistries. So, for that reason you don't have to adjust.However, if you're making a hoppy
    IPA, then adding sulfate...

  • Posted in thread: Added too much honey to my red ale! on 06-05-2014 at 08:20 PM
    Just have to add that experimentation is a major part of this obsession/hobby. With my 1st
    batch I followed the recipe slavishly and the batch turned out real good. By the time of my 2nd
    and 3rd batch...

  • Posted in thread: Added too much honey to my red ale! on 06-05-2014 at 08:10 PM
    Potential mistake #1- if this was an extract batch and you added the right amount of water and
    everything that came in the kit, then you probably were much closer to the stated OG than you
    think. Mixi...

  • Posted in thread: How long will milled grain stay fresh? on 06-05-2014 at 03:46 PM
    I once used milled grains in a partial mash 6 months after they were ground, without any
    noticeable staleness. They were double ziplocked and stored in the freezer.Otherwise I have
    gone a month with m...

  • Posted in thread: Dunkelweizen too sweet on 06-04-2014 at 08:48 PM
    If it is sweeter than you were hoping for, then dryhopping will help your perception. Maybe
    1/2-1 oz. of your favorite hop for 5-7 days.

  • Posted in thread: Bottling conditioning - does it help to swirl bottles? on 06-04-2014 at 08:43 PM
    Interesting experiment Heavy.When carbing in the winter where the temp in my basement is in the
    low 60s, I put my bottles in an insulated box with a heating pad on top. The pad is slightly
    smaller tha...

  • Posted in thread: Just a few Questions from a Newbie on 06-04-2014 at 08:17 PM
    It sounds like you have some visible signs of fermentation, so you shouldn't need to pitch
    anymore yeast. Now, if you've read any number of "my beer isn't fermenting" threads, you'll
    know that lack of...

  • Posted in thread: Steeping Rice on 06-04-2014 at 08:09 PM
    Just a suggestion that I would guess the people with the answer to your question might more
    likely hang out in the 'gluten free' section of the forum. Good Luck!

  • Posted in thread: Calculating priming sugar for half batch on 06-04-2014 at 03:46 PM
    My understanding and practice is this: I use the highest temp. that I achieved during
    fermentation, because that is when the CO2 is produced. After fermentation is complete, no
    further CO2 is formed, ...

Primaryn summer hiatus Cold Conditioning:nothing Bottle conditioning:Apricot Moon, Drinking: Orange Moon, Ryecentennial PA,Caribou Slobber,Jim's Altbier,Mocha Cherry Stout,La Fin de L'Annee, Soxtoberfest, Pere Noel,Opening Day Vienna Lager, Ben's Doublealt, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf,Loghouse Honey Porter, several others

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