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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'
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  • Male
  • Married
  • Ellsworth
  • Maine


  • Posted in thread: HomeBrewSupply Amcyl Brew Kettle w/ 3-Piece Ball Valve Giveaway! on 07-28-2015 at 11:42 PM
    I'm in

  • Posted in thread: OG confusion. Any ideas? on 07-27-2015 at 02:11 AM
    I think you figured out the 1.072- with a sparge it's possible to get some wort stratification
    unless you stirred it well. But it seems like either your intraboil 1.050 reading was too high
    or more ho...

  • Posted in thread: Higher than calculated OG? on 07-26-2015 at 01:40 AM
    Agreed with Kharnyb about the mixing. If you used the proper amount of extract and added the
    correct amount of water, then your OG HAS to be within a couple points of prediction. This
    question is an i...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast, fruit, and beer on 07-26-2015 at 12:46 AM
    No, it won't change it.The only thing I might consider is that if there's a thick layer of
    fruit puree on the bottom, you might have to rinse the yeast rather than just repitching the
    slurry. But sinc...

  • Posted in thread: Self-Stirring Coffee Cup (read: Cheap Stir Plate Alternative?) on 07-25-2015 at 11:47 PM
    Interesting. I would wonder how long the motor that drives the stirrer could go without burning
    out. Also, at 350ml capacity, that's pretty small- only about 1/3 of a liter. I suppose it's OK
    if you'r...

  • Posted in thread: Stout w/ Smoked Maple Syrup - Smoke Flavor Too Strong on 07-25-2015 at 12:31 AM
    I've used the Cherrywood Smoked malt(Briess, I think) multiple times. Usually in the 4-6oz.
    range for a 5G batch. The smokey phenols do fade, and fairly quickly too- within 4-6 weeks
    after bottling.If...

  • Posted in thread: Mash temp issue on 07-24-2015 at 11:00 PM
    You think I could still add it today? Or nvm I would have to boil itYou would have to boil it
    to sanitize it and at least get a hot break. Probably more of a pain in the butt than it's
    worth. But sinc...

  • Posted in thread: Mash temp issue on 07-24-2015 at 01:17 AM
    Another good reason to keep a pound or two of DME around just-in-case.

  • Posted in thread: Yeast in lager secondary on 07-24-2015 at 12:55 AM
    Leave it. By the time you're finished lagering, it will be a nice compact layer.Although, I
    will say that I don't rack for lagering until I'm sure I'm at FG. You probably have a bit more
    yeast than ex...

  • Posted in thread: Critique Irish Red Ale on 07-23-2015 at 01:53 AM
    Their SRM of 30 seems way too high for a red. IME, a SRM around 15 is more likely to get a nice
    red color. Don't be afraid to add 1-2 oz. of roast barley to help get a nice red. With that low
    amount y...

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