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  • I am a beginning all-grain brewer. A buddy of mine and I split the cost of our gear and alternate who does the primary brew. He brews 5 g and I come away with a 6-pack, then I brew 5 g and he gets a sixer.

    Having way too much fun with this!
  • Initially got a Mr. Beer kit 4 or 5 years ago and enjoyed it, but never got the flavor I wanted out of my beer. Last winter a friend of mine invited me to visit a friend of his who runs a brew club. He invited me hoping to pique my interest and possibly get started ourselves. It worked! A couple of months later he and I split the cost of a basic all-grain setup. We made the lauter tun and the wort chiller and have been trying to refine our current process before adding more equipment.

    My first was an attempt at cloning New Belgium's 1554. It came out okay, but not great...but I was still hooked! He likes primarily IPA's and I like more ambers and stouts, but have found some wheats and pilsners that I like a lot. The possibilities are endless!!
  • I would like to try some lager styles once we figure out a way to maintain the lagering temp with our setup. Also on tap are some stouts and vanilla ales.
  • Granny Gear Ale (Fat Tire clone)
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  • Sam Adams Summer Ale Clone
    1554 Clone
    Rogue Red Ale Clone
    Double IPA
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  • Posted in thread: Rose water on 10-26-2012 at 06:34 PM
    I used rosewater a year or two ago in a grapefruit wheat and had to go extremely light with it
    (post boil, in the bottling bucket). Did tests with a dropper and a measured amount of a
    similar beer...1...

  • Posted in thread: Saison Recipe? on 03-28-2012 at 01:46 AM
    While high temps aren't necessary, they do help create some of the incredible esters from those
    yeasts. However, it is pretty easy to do it without sweating yourself out of your apartment!
    Get a big r...

  • Posted in thread: Wedding beer(s) on 03-24-2012 at 03:49 AM
    No matter what you choose for your dark beer, make sure it finishes clean. If it is an August
    wedding, people will want something refreshing, even if it is dark. Roasty stouts are great,
    but for a wed...

  • Posted in thread: Lavender on 03-20-2012 at 02:47 AM
    I used 7 tablespoons for 5 gallons. Did some tests and didn't have a scale around, so I used
    tablespoons! It's quite a bit for most beers, but the sour cherries had a pretty strong flavor,
    so I wanted...

  • Posted in thread: Lavender on 03-19-2012 at 06:42 PM
    I brewed a sour cherry lavender Saison a couple of months ago. Put the lavender in the last 5
    min. It took some time for everything to blend together, but ended up turning out great.

  • Posted in thread: April Fool's beer on 03-10-2012 at 04:58 PM
    I've had a few oyster stouts and really like them. Most just have a hint of brine to them and
    are really quite interesting! After seeing the Brewing TV episode mentioned earlier in this
    thread, I had ...

  • Posted in thread: crazy first time recipe? on 03-06-2012 at 07:51 PM
    How much total water did you put in? i.e. did you add anything to top it off to 5 gallons? If
    not, then yes, you will come up with a crazy bitter beer and probably right around the 5.5%-6%
    range depen...

  • Posted in thread: Summer beer recipe, few questions! on 02-24-2012 at 07:31 PM
    My biggest suggestion would be to use fresh lemon zest instead of dried lemon peel. With the
    profile you have, there's not much malt or hop complexity so you should be okay with zesting
    only one lemon...

  • Posted in thread: Can you help me save my brew? on 01-30-2012 at 07:26 PM
    Or use online calculators to adjust for the temp of the wort.

  • Posted in thread: ? about Fantome Saison sourness on 01-20-2012 at 07:35 PM
    Wyeast 3724 is supposed to lend a little tartness to the beer. I have a Saison fermenting now
    with it that I hope pulls in some of those characteristics. If the tart/sour flavor was more
    intense, it i...