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01-17-2012

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03-29-2015 3:50 PM

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    ABOUT ME

  • 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

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  • Posted in thread: BM's Centennial Blonde-Doubled the Hops?? on 03-29-2015 at 09:43 PM
    You'll have a Centennial Pale Ale rather than a Centennial Blonde. When I do this recipe, I
    intentionally up it to PA range with a OG between 1.055-1.060 and an IBU around 40-45. It's
    quite nice. Nice...

  • Posted in thread: Cold crashing on 03-28-2015 at 07:42 PM
    I cold crash(and usually use gelatin) out in my garage a week before I plan on bottling. Then
    the day before, I move the bucket back inside to the area where I do my racking to the bottling
    bucket. I ...

  • Posted in thread: OG and suggar on 03-28-2015 at 07:20 PM
    Yes. Typically the OG would be measured just before you add the yeast. In other words, after
    all fermentables have been added.

  • Posted in thread: How to achieve great chocolate flavor in a stout? on 03-26-2015 at 05:43 PM
    I've tried cocoa nibs before(8oz. in a 5G batch) without getting much chocolate notes. But my
    porters have a great chocolate aroma and flavor. They feature brown malt and chocolate malt, no
    actual cho...

  • Posted in thread: Ingredients from Cidermill on 03-26-2015 at 05:35 PM
    I tried an Angry Orchard the other day, just to see what it was like. For me, the artificial
    "apple" flavor was overpowering, plus the level of sweetness was too much. I think you'll find
    that a well ...

  • Posted in thread: Still having problems with clarity on 03-23-2015 at 06:07 PM
    Sounds pretty normal 2 weeks in. Can you work up a swamp cooler with ice bottles to do a cold
    crash? If you can get her down to 40-45, things will settle out within a day or so. Then if you
    really wan...

  • Posted in thread: Big ABV / Strong bite on 03-23-2015 at 05:31 PM
    If it's an alcohol bite, rather than some other type of off-flavor, then time is your ally, my
    friend. And by time, I'm thinking 6 months- 1year. Last year I did a 8.9% dopplebock that took
    6 months t...

  • Posted in thread: First brew - solo on 03-22-2015 at 07:21 PM
    Hee,hee. Just thinking of the highschool science fair volcanoes that use vinegar and baking
    soda.:)But seriously, you don't have to bother with sanitizing anything that contacts until
    postboil.

  • Posted in thread: Maple Sap Smoked Amber- 2Row or MO? on 03-22-2015 at 07:15 PM
    Too late for this batch, but I want to share my experience with smoked malt. I've used the
    Briess Cherrywood Smoked malt multiple times up to 1/2lb in a 5G batch. LOVE the stuff. Lends a
    nice subtle s...

  • Posted in thread: Bottle sanitation question on 03-22-2015 at 12:00 AM
    I confess, I'm a dishwasher user for bottle sanitation. The bottles are triple rinsed
    immediately after emptied and stored upside down, so I know they are clean. My dishwasher
    anyways, does a good job...

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Primary: Loghouse Honey Porter Cold Conditioning: nada Bottle conditioning: February IR, Batch 50 Bock,December Marzen Drinking: Black Friday Vienna,Winter Solstice Moon,Ben's Doublealt,Jim's Altbier, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, Waldo Lake Amber,Apricot moon, La Fin de L'Annee, Das Terminator Dopplebock, several others
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