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  • Southwest Iowa
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  • I don't like American light lagers, but when I tried Paulaner Octoberfest, I wondered what made it so different! I kit from the LHBS appeared under the Christmas tree, leading me down the rabbit hole. I now do twin 15 gallon batches in parallel on a 4 burner natural gas rig.
  • Who knows which way the wind will blow?
  • Roggenbier, ESB, altbier, American wheat
  • I don't use bright tanks.
  • I keg, and don't bottle.
  • Oktoberfast ale, porter, saison, brown ale
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  • Posted in thread: Cider apple trees for new house on 08-30-2016 at 03:21 AM
    Arkansas Black? Have you looked at these folks? are in Virginia, which is
    not zone 9, but much warmer than the usual cast of chara...

  • Posted in thread: My cal common just tastes...boring. on 07-08-2016 at 03:52 AM
    Keg? Pitch some orval dregs in there for a month or three at 70f.. boring no more.If you go
    down this path, beware of the slippery slope into the world of sour beers! Also, a gentle
    reminder is in ord...

  • Posted in thread: Zach & Jack's African Amber on 07-06-2016 at 02:38 AM
    Thanks, Brewcat! I will give this a try soon.

  • Posted in thread: Zach & Jack's African Amber on 07-01-2016 at 03:50 AM
    This is basically what I changed my clone to so we will see. I haven't had this in 5+ years. I
    only remember the Cascade dry hop.I read the 2-row for Mac & Jack's is locally sourced. I
    bought somethin...

  • Posted in thread: Heat Stick on 03-25-2016 at 03:39 AM
    I drilled and tapped the flange on the base of the water heater element, and screwed the ground
    wire down there. Since it's in an area that is all covered with food safe RTV silicone anyway,
    it avoide...

  • Posted in thread: One week brew time? on 03-16-2016 at 03:46 AM
    I have served hefeweizen at Christmas that I brewed on December 18th. Not something I would try
    with a porter, pale ale, etc, but the hefeweizen worked nicely for those circumstances.

  • Posted in thread: Brutus 10 Gas Valves question on 03-07-2016 at 06:09 AM
    If you go the ASCO valve route the valves just need to fit your pipe and be rated for gas. I
    use a gas manifold of 1" black pipe feeding to 1/8" pipe input burner valves for my 3 ring
    burners. My rig ...

  • Posted in thread: Aging cider in oak barrels on 02-14-2016 at 05:16 AM
    Why not add toasted oak shavings or pieces to your glass or stainless steel fermenter instead?
    $80 for 5 liters with limited re-use seems a bit much. It's a hobby, and isn't expected to make
    economic ...

  • Posted in thread: What types of apple trees to plant? on 02-13-2016 at 03:22 AM
    Have you looked at Fedco trees? They have about 15 cider varieties, though some are sold out
    already. At $29/tree I'm not sure if they fit your idea of a reasonable cost. Their default is
    to Antonov...

  • Posted in thread: The Magical 1.2:1 Ratio for Brew Pots on 02-09-2016 at 04:52 AM
    I bought the Update International 25 gallon kettles that are similar to the older MegaPots,
    about 20 inches wide and 20 inches tall. I have seem to have more boiloff than most guys with
    keggles. I'm d...