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  • I always found our American history to be intriguing..American moonshiners past and present, the Whiskey Rebellion,the folly that was (and still is) Prohibition. I began to really enjoy local beers (Bells Beer in Comstock/Kalamazoo, MI) and at the same time began to garden and grow/can/pickle my own food. So, I thought, "If I can grow my own food, I can make my own beer." I actually made 5 gallons of hard cider as my first brew of choice, because it was fall and SW Michigan has many cider options available. It turned out very strong and too much of an astringent taste, but that didn't stop me from enjoying every last damn drop!
  • 2-Hearted Ale Clone
  • Skeeter Pee - Blueberry Mint (Mintberry Crunch!); Concord Grape/Blackbery Wine; Brown Ale (from Beer Kit); Chai Tea Beer (2 gallon batch)
  • several different hard ciders; brown ales; Hefeweizen; IPA's and DIPA's; several flavors of Skeeter Pee; several different wines
  • Hard Cider; Skeeter Pee (soon)
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  • Posted in thread: Welch's Concord Grape Juice Wine on 08-04-2015 at 07:16 PM
    I've made a few 1-gallon test batches with nothing but good results. It was when I used cheaper
    juices (like Juicy Juice or generic, store-grand juices) is where it tasted 'thin', bland, or
    just plain...

  • Posted in thread: Welch's Concord Grape Juice Wine on 08-04-2015 at 03:03 PM
    So shortly after I finished off drinking my 1 gallon sample batch, I started a 6 gallon batch
    of Concord Grape/Blackberry wine (somewhere in the middle of December; I'm not at home to check
    my notes)....

  • Posted in thread: What's the worst craft brew (commercial) you've had? on 08-04-2015 at 12:42 PM
    Pepper beers seem best for cooking and not drinking. I was at Bell's Eccentric Cafe 2 weeks ago
    and they had a habeņero infused Oberon, but I was to preoccupied drinking Kalamazoo IPA and
    other delici...

  • Posted in thread: Skeeter Pee on 08-02-2015 at 10:17 PM
    I don't know if I'll use preserves again. I should've read the labels more thoroughly than I
    did. The pectin in it will probably keep my wine hazy.I also assumed (falsely) that the
    preserves combined ...

  • Posted in thread: Skeeter Pee on 08-02-2015 at 06:36 PM
    Sweetening is very important with Skeeter Pee. It doesn't taste good dry! After Ii enjoy the
    nice weather this afternoon, I'll be doing what I alluded to in a previous post and sweeten my
    pee with a s...

  • Posted in thread: Skeeter Pee on 08-01-2015 at 03:02 AM
    I have 6 gallons of pee ready for sweetening tomorrow and, if all goes well, bottling in a few
    days. I'm sweetening with blueberry preserves and 100% blueberry juice. Oh, and I was going to
    infuse thi...

  • Posted in thread: HomeBrewSupply Amcyl Brew Kettle w/ 3-Piece Ball Valve Giveaway! on 07-28-2015 at 08:41 PM

  • Posted in thread: Show us your cider in a photo!!! on 04-19-2015 at 02:38 AM
    A cider I started on 10/23/2014

  • Posted in thread: Bell's Two Hearted Ale Clone (close as they come) on 03-13-2015 at 10:40 PM
    I chilled a beer for testing purposes ;-) it still needs to be carbed up a little more as
    expected but damn it does taste good!

  • Posted in thread: Bell's Two Hearted Ale Clone (close as they come) on 03-08-2015 at 02:50 PM


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