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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: First batch on 05-28-2015 at 06:57 PM
    Well it's an American ale (I think it would be called a partial extract, I had to do a boil in
    a bag with one grain for 20 min at 150 to 165 then I added amber lme and amber dme) kit but I
    don't remem...

  • Posted in thread: Why rack lager at 70% attenuation? on 05-26-2015 at 08:53 PM
    I try to keep it simple myself. I let the temp rise when I see the Krausen start to fall. I've
    never bothered to draw SG samplesSame here.

  • Posted in thread: Fermentation puzzle on 05-26-2015 at 08:48 PM
    Welcome to your 1st post- it's a conundrum. It reads like you have covered the usual suspects
    and are doing things properly.So, what I would do next is double check my mash thermometer. Is
    it accurate...

  • Posted in thread: Temp dropped on 05-26-2015 at 02:03 AM
    Actually 62 is a bit closer to where you want it than 68. So, yes she'll be fine. Don't be an
    obsessive airlock watcher. Look for an old thread by Revvy. The essence is that airlock
    activity is NOT an...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2015? on 05-25-2015 at 04:18 PM
    11,783+2.5 gallon Memorial Moon2.5 gallon Blueberry Moon5.0 gallon Memorial Slobber= 11,793

  • Posted in thread: over carbonation? very bubbly IPA on 05-09-2015 at 12:39 AM
    Chill them in the fridge for 3-4 days and the carbonation might settle down some.

  • Posted in thread: Using Juicer to Capture Ingredients for Boil on 05-08-2015 at 11:52 PM
    Tip- use a vegetable peeler to get the zest without the pith. It's much easier than a grater.

  • Posted in thread: 2015 : Anyone have their hops growing yet? on 05-08-2015 at 11:47 PM
    May 8 and my shoots are just breaking through. Last year at this time they were at least 6 feet
    high.Oh well, at least the snow is finally all melted.:D

  • Posted in thread: Need to make a beer out of only these options... on 05-06-2015 at 01:08 AM
    Plug it into an online recipe calculator and play around with the ingredients. Off the top of
    my head, I'd probably start by steeping 1/2 lb of the cara2,and 1/2 lb of the biscuit. Use your
    DME and ho...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast Harvest After Gelatin??? on 05-06-2015 at 12:32 AM
    I've harvested multiple times after using gelatin without any problems. And I don't "wash" the

Primary: Memorial Moon, Blueberry Moon, Memorial Slobber Cold Conditioning: nada Bottle conditioning: nada Drinking: 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, Waldo Lake Amber,Apricot moon, La Fin de L'Annee, Das Terminator Dopplebock, several others

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