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  • Been brewing since 1995. Of course made a lot of bad beers. Made some good ones too. See more of my brewing at
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  • Started off simple in 1995 just making hooch, raisin wine, etc... Got some beer equipment. Started bottling. Got into lagering with an old fridge. Took a few years off. Now i have the standard setup with two glass carboys. Lagering on the basement floor. Never made the same recipe twice. Mostly extract or partial mash kits with extra ingredients. Some wines when i get free fruit.
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  • Posted in thread: Basic Lagered Mead Recipe on 09-12-2016 at 12:13 AM
    Most dark malt has some caramel taste with the carafoam you'll get just a bit more. It's really
    personal preference. Find a beer you liked and google a clone recipe. Check out some kits and
    see what t...

  • Posted in thread: Basic Lagered Mead Recipe on 09-10-2016 at 12:07 AM
    It's got a slight caramel taste, but with the others your using, you probably won't notice it.
    Yes, i wanted more head too.

  • Posted in thread: Basic Lagered Mead Recipe on 09-08-2016 at 04:03 AM
    To kill germs. Honey is not supposed to have any but I prefer to not take any chances. There's
    a number of ways to go about it. You can bring the water and honey up to 160 and scrape off the
    scum for ...

  • Posted in thread: Basic Lagered Mead Recipe on 09-05-2016 at 08:17 PM
    When I made a braggot I used Carafoam malt to add some body to it.

  • Posted in thread: Diacetyl problems with ales and lagers on 08-10-2016 at 06:48 AM
    A big time for diacetyl is most often produced at the very first. Make sure to bring your brew
    down to temp before pitching. Also you can help get rid of diacetyl faster by racking right
    after your re...

  • Posted in thread: Had bad luck with priming with DME. How to convert to priming sugar? on 08-10-2016 at 06:33 AM
    an ounce a gallon is standard priming sugar. 5 ozs for 5 gallons. You can buy the 5 oz packages
    of corn sugar. I know it's a couple bucks for a pack but all you have to do is wipe the outside
    with san...

  • Posted in thread: Basic Lagered Mead Recipe on 08-08-2016 at 07:17 PM
    This is my basic recipe for lagering mead that I have been over brewing the last couple years.
    It's easy enough for beginners and extract brewers. It's affordable because it takes a lot less
    honey tha...

  • Posted in thread: Vanilla Spiced Methiglin on 07-23-2016 at 07:57 PM
    I know caffeine will do that. Made some beer with expresso. It was done with the primary in a
    day and a half. I have used canel spice before (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, licorice).
    Never had a p...

  • Posted in thread: Fairy Blood - Lagered Cherry Melomel on 07-18-2016 at 05:52 PM
    I got some free cherries last winter. Decided to try something new for summer. It turned out
    like honey cherry limeade. Whole roller coaster of flavors. Sweet honey at the start becomes
    tart refreshin...

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