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01-17-2012

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12-07-2016 2:00 AM

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59 years old

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    ABOUT ME

  • I 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
  • Bangor Homebrewers
  • 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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  • Maine

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2016? on 12-05-2016 at 01:12 AM
    21,693.5+ 5.5G Vienna Lager=21,699

  • Posted in thread: Sam Adams Hoppy Red on 11-28-2016 at 10:41 PM
    If you like a hoppy red, IMO you can't go wrong with Denny's Waldo Lake Amber recipe.

  • Posted in thread: Finishing Steps on 11-21-2016 at 11:15 PM
    Perhaps those Canadian apples like to hold back on their sugars. Storing things up for winter.

  • Posted in thread: Finishing Steps on 11-21-2016 at 11:13 PM
    hydrometerOK, then 1.020 it is!Pretty weird though. I've had grafs that end at 1.015-1.020, but
    any straight ciders have all gone to 1.000-1.005. It sounds to me like you did everything you
    could to m...

  • Posted in thread: What's the difference? on 11-21-2016 at 10:39 PM
    To expand on Gila's answer- a cider might finish at 5-7% ABV, but with applewein you add enough
    sugar to bump it up to wine strength- 9-15%. At that % it's usually a tart, kickass
    drink.There's usuall...

  • Posted in thread: Finishing Steps on 11-21-2016 at 10:33 PM
    Just o be sure- are you taking the readings with a hydrometer or a refractometer?

  • Posted in thread: Finishing Steps on 11-21-2016 at 09:51 PM
    Bernard is correct in that the amount of sweetness is totally subjective. Try a starting point
    of 1 cup of xylitol per 5G.For my cold crashing /gelatin, I chill it down to as close to 32 as
    I can get ...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2016? on 11-20-2016 at 11:01 PM
    19,866.5+ 5.5G Ben's DoubleAlt= 19,872

  • Posted in thread: Daily fermentation temperature shift on 11-17-2016 at 03:55 PM
    Almost 5 years and closing in on 100 batches, and all I use for temp control are swamp coolers.
    Get a cheapish large bucket(or 2), put the fermenter in there and fill with water. The thermal
    mass of t...

  • Posted in thread: First competition - Bronze in category on 11-15-2016 at 02:44 AM
    Good for you Red! I entered a couple of competitions for the 1st time this year. Was pleasantly
    surprised with the results.

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Primary: Vienna Lager Cold Conditioning: Ben's DoubleAlt Bottle conditioning: Jim's Altbier, October Kolsch, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, 1 G straight cider, 1G RIS, Peach wine, Dandelion wine Drinking: Redrum Rye, PBR 4.0, Clarence Stout, German Pilsner 'Wannabe', Jamaica Mon Ginger beer, Fruit/Moon series, Moose Maple Slobber, Batch 64 Bock, several others
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