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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: Need advice for approachable beer on 04-16-2015 at 02:10 AM
    Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde would make a great choice. Another one easily accessible for
    the general public is Wayne/Nilo's Blue Moon clone. It always goes over great with my BMC
    drinking family, ...

  • Posted in thread: Forgot to add Candi Sugar, need advice on 04-13-2015 at 12:48 AM
    With Big Belgians it's often fairly standard to add the sugar after 2-3 days. Gets the yeast
    working on the more complex malt sugars before they gobble the easy dextrose and sucrose. So,
    for your sais...

  • Posted in thread: Frementing/LAgering a Bock on 04-12-2015 at 02:00 AM
    I just started drinking a Bock that I brewed back on 12/27/14. Fermented at 45-50 for 1 week,
    then warmed her up to 65 for the 2nd week for a D-rest. Wasn't ready to rack it yet, so kept
    her at 60 for...

  • Posted in thread: Debate over Tap Water on 04-12-2015 at 12:52 AM
    Tyco- you're right. Your buddy's crazy. So now you'll have to take everything he says under
    advisement. :mug:

  • Posted in thread: First Brew on 04-12-2015 at 12:24 AM
    Welcome Jay.1st brew a Tripel- ambitious. Hope she turns out as well as you expect! :mug:

  • Posted in thread: Carafa Special III for color on 04-11-2015 at 08:38 PM
    At what point is this beer? If it's not at the serving stage, then I'd wait and not panic.
    There are so many changes during fermentation and conditioning. Less than 1 oz. in a 5G batch
    seems like spit...

  • Posted in thread: Temperature control question on 04-11-2015 at 08:30 PM
    My viewpoint, and my practice, is to do whatever needed to control the temp in the range
    needed. I am, like you, living in a Northern cold (sometimes damn cold) climate. I generally
    control temps pret...

  • Posted in thread: Messed up my first all grain brew on 04-09-2015 at 08:43 PM
    If I'm gonna go down adding the dme road how much water should I use and should I siphon some
    out and add to the brew or should I use purified water.Wondering that myself, as I don't know
    how dissolva...

  • Posted in thread: Messed up my first all grain brew on 04-09-2015 at 08:33 PM
    I think adding to much water is what are I went wrong. The recipe called for the batch being 6
    gallons so I added enough water to get there. I think it would have turned out for if I stuck
    with 5 gall...

  • Posted in thread: Messed up my first all grain brew on 04-09-2015 at 08:30 PM
    P.S. This is the perfect reason to take a preboil SG, doing the math, and figuring out what
    your postboil SG will be. That way, if you are low, you can correct it by adding some DME late

Primary: nada Cold Conditioning: nada Bottle conditioning: Loghouse Honey Porter,February IR Drinking: Batch 50 Bock,December Marzen,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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