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01-17-2012

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08-29-2015 9:34 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: Am I turning into an alcoholic? on 08-29-2015 at 07:54 PM
    Same thing with me, although I limit it to 2 beers per night, maybe 3 on the weekend. Plus I've
    designated Monday as a 'no-beer' night(mostly because I work until 8pm on Mondays). Before I
    started bre...

  • Posted in thread: New cider guy with various questions on 08-26-2015 at 01:07 AM
    I didn't see what yeast strain you're using. Some are pretty notorious for producing that
    sulfur smell. Especially if the yeast was stressed by underpitching, underairating, or high
    fermentation temps...

  • Posted in thread: Airlock issues on 08-26-2015 at 12:57 AM
    Maylar is probably correct, but I would just check to make sure the end of your airlock isn't
    clogged or sitting below the liquid level.

  • Posted in thread: i messed up on 08-23-2015 at 08:58 PM
    No, I don't believe you will have a problem.Have you tasted it? Seems like with the juice and
    zest of 5 limes already in there, you would have plenty of limeiness.

  • Posted in thread: Need a bit of Cider help on 08-22-2015 at 08:21 PM
    I'm thinking your 68-70 might be high, although I have not used the WY3068.Low and slow is my
    general motto(taken from Dave Taylor)

  • Posted in thread: adding fruit to kit on 08-22-2015 at 06:29 PM
    Ferment as usual. Then when fermentation is complete, rack onto the fruit. Or just add it to
    primary all depending on where you sit on that topic. Fermentation will kick back in, so I let
    it sit for u...

  • Posted in thread: Blow off beer/wort lose on 08-22-2015 at 01:35 AM
    For the 1st 3-4 days I'll keep it down around 62-64. After that I let the temp rise freely. In
    other words, I stop adding ice bottles(when necessary). By the end of the week I usually take
    it out of t...

  • Posted in thread: Blow off beer/wort lose on 08-21-2015 at 02:07 AM
    Joseph- I've used the yeast on mostly Irish reds- about 1/2 dozen. Also a couple of porters.
    I'm not a big fan of estery flavors, so I tend to ferment at low temps. My experience- Malty,
    with no off f...

  • Posted in thread: Adding another packet of yeast? on 08-17-2015 at 09:44 PM
    If you have signs of active fermentation, then the yeast have already multiplied to such
    numbers that adding another packet would be a waste.I say let her go, control your temps, and
    be ready with a b...

  • Posted in thread: To cold crash or not cold crash (during a heat wave) on 08-17-2015 at 09:39 PM
    This week you may not be able to get it down to the preferred 35-45, but in my mind, anything
    below current temps will help. Could also add some gelatin after an overnight cold to help out.

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Primary: on summer break Cold Conditioning: Nada Bottle conditioning: Nada Drinking: Ryecentennial PA,Memorial slobber,Memorial moon,Loghouse Honey Porter, February IR,Batch 50 Bock,December Marzen,Black Friday Vienna,Winter Solstice Moon,Ben's Doublealt,Jim's Altbier, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf,several others
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