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  • Scouting,hiking,camping,music
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  • 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.
  • It's amazing to look back on my original post. Still brewing some of the original beers I started with in my 1st year. Have expanded a bit though. rnCounted this afternoon; I have 20 different varieties either in the process or ready to drink.
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  • Posted in thread: I'm Creating a Reality Show about Home Brewing on 09-28-2016 at 01:52 AM
    I like #1But whatever you do, cast real homebrewers, not pretty boy/girl 20 somethings.

  • Posted in thread: bottling a hoppy beer(big aroma) on 09-28-2016 at 01:09 AM
    Thanks guys.Quick question:how do you tell if its carbonated?Fill it as normal with your
    bottling wand, squeeze out the excess air and screw the cap on. When it's carbed sufficiently
    it will be filled...

  • Posted in thread: bottling a hoppy beer(big aroma) on 09-27-2016 at 02:13 AM
    If you want the bottles to carbonate properly, then you are going to need a good 2 weeks at
    70ish. Then chill. A handy hint is to bottle one in a soda bottle so you can tell easily when
    carbonation is...

  • Posted in thread: Lagering secondary? on 09-27-2016 at 02:07 AM
    Personally, I rack to a new carboy then put her out in my cold garage to chill. I don't think
    it makes much difference which order because during the lagering process, the yeast will settle
    out anyway...

  • Posted in thread: Should I turn the temp up? on 09-27-2016 at 01:58 AM
    With my lagers, I go 46-49 until activity slows and krausen drops(usually 5-7 days) then kick
    her up to upper 50's, maybe even 60 for another 3-4 days. I then take an SG, and if I'm
    good(and when I ha...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of Cider in 2016 on 09-25-2016 at 05:45 PM
    396+ 1G straight cider with Cote des Blanc + 6G Gunslinger Cranberry Graf with S-04=403

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2016? on 09-25-2016 at 05:43 PM
    16774+1G Grapefruit Moon+ 5.5G Redrum-a murderous Red rye ale=16780.5

  • Posted in thread: 2016 Hop Growing Thread on 09-22-2016 at 06:03 PM
    3 years of beautiful vegetative growth but no cones from the wild bines that I transplanted 5
    years ago. Weird, because I did get some cones the 1st 2 years, so didn't think they were all
    males. Anywa...

  • Posted in thread: Milky/cloudy Pils after fermentation & carbing. on 09-22-2016 at 05:58 PM
    Why is it cloudy? Don't know. Unlikely it was the pilsner malt unless you didn't get complete
    conversion, so might have nonfermentable starch. Did your FG hit where it was supposed to? The
    other possi...

  • Posted in thread: 80 degree bottle conditioning temperatures on 09-22-2016 at 05:52 PM
    As CH says, the 80* during bottle fermentation won't hurt because there is actually very little
    fermentation going on, and more importantly for off-flavors, very little new yeast growth,
    which is the ...

Primary: Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, 1G straight Cider, Redrum Rye ale, Grapefruit Moon, 1G Dandelion wine Bottle conditioning: Maine Moon, Apricot Moon,1G RIS, Peach wine Drinking: PBR 4.0, Clarence Stout, German Pilsner 'Wannabe', Jamaica Mon Ginger beer, Fruit/Moon series, Moose Maple Slobber, RyeCentennial Pale ale, Batch 64 Bock, Spring Snowstorm Porter, several others