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  • I'm 33 and work as a Sys Admin for research firm. Just sold my house, had a baby, and moved all within 30 days. I'm ready to brew and have a beer. I enjoy sports, cooking, music, journalism, guitar, smoking meats, the outdoors, and of course beer!
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  • I had been wanting to brew for years and I randomly came across some free carboys. I borrowed pots and buckets until I had the needed stuff to brew. Once I brewed I was hooked. I brew all grain on a 5 gallon 3 vessel system that I've built up over time. I love to brew American ales and age specialty ales on wood. I'm a big seasonal beer drinker so I usually brew to the season and brew various styles within the season. I've been brewing for 4 years and I continue to get better, expand and upgrade my equipment, and come up with some pretty good recipes. I just got into kegging about a year ago and it's great to have the freshest IPA's at home that you can't find anywhere else. Homebrewtalk has been a saving grace! This forum is awesome.
  • Indian Brown Ale, VT IPA, Stocious Stout, Barley Wine, Black Ginger Ale, RIS,
  • Bourbon Oak Brolic Strong ale
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  • Posted in thread: Refractometer and BeerSmith on 09-20-2016 at 05:11 PM
    Good advice guys on using a hydrometer to make sure that the refractometer is calibrated
    correctly. Unfortunately I don't have a hydrometer at the moment. I guess I'll just hope that
    it is close for t...

  • Posted in thread: Refractometer and BeerSmith on 09-20-2016 at 02:37 AM
    I've been using beersmith for a few years, and I just got a refractometer, and I have no idea
    BS had a tool for it. I'll check it out.It's a good idea to use the refractometer with your
    hydrometer for...

  • Posted in thread: Will (some) the Vanilla Flavor Drop Out on 09-20-2016 at 02:30 AM
    Most of the natural flavors I've used have faded over time. Same with spices, coffee, and I've
    even had it happen with wood. I like to think all the beer collides together over time and only
    certain f...

  • Posted in thread: Disaster brew day on 09-19-2016 at 03:59 PM
    Awsome. As far as the heating element goes while it fir d dry for a couple minutes, probably
    just throw that out and get another correct?of course running the element without any liquid
    around it is f...

  • Posted in thread: Disaster brew day on 09-19-2016 at 02:57 PM
    Really? So glad to hear this. Forgot to mention that also while transferring into the fermenter
    from the kettle, only to realize the ball valve on the fermenter was open and a good 2 gallons
    of sticky...

  • Posted in thread: Stupid Stupid Stupid on 09-19-2016 at 12:37 PM
    The good news, I suppose - I was going to have only a half pound of lme to create a small 1/2
    gallon batch of something. Now I have a whole pound to create a third whole gallon batch of
    something. :Dm...

  • Posted in thread: The Next Step? Anyone have any good resources? on 09-19-2016 at 12:33 PM
    I did a few extract batches then made the small jump to 2.5 gallon biab ag batches. I found I
    had a lot more control over the outcome of the beer with ag and it was much cheaper than buying
    the extrac...

  • Posted in thread: First Batch - Band Aid/Phenolic Aftertaste on 09-19-2016 at 12:08 PM
    I've had chloramine issues as well fermentation control issues in the past. Both produce pretty
    bad tasting beer. Chloramine most definitely tastes like band aids though so I suspect that is
    your issu...

  • Posted in thread: Cold crash question on 09-19-2016 at 11:58 AM
    I don't see any real issues. The only issue I'd be thinking about if it were me is if I was
    bottle conditioning or not. I've cold crashed for a day or so then bottled before and it was
    fine but after ...

  • Posted in thread: What's on your homebrewing Holiday list? on 09-17-2016 at 03:18 PM
    Just some extra time to brew! Some gift cards would be cool too to put towards grain and other

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