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  • I love homebrewing and gardening and growing things in my garden to use in my homebrew. I blog at
  • Homebrew,Gardening,Geocaching
  • Got into homebrewing in university, only started being serious about it a few years ago. I've done all sorts of brews, extract kits, partial-mash, all-grain. I press apples and make cider. I find I brew faster than I can drink, so I'm starting to focus on smaller batches; 1-3 gallons
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  • Posted in thread: Is over carbonation in bottles caused by high FG? on 02-02-2012 at 02:18 PM
    The Pilsner partial mash I did this summer, I thought, was going to be the best beer in the
    history of the world. And it is really good. But it's incredibly over carbonated. I used DME
    (and probably t...

  • Posted in thread: I love the smells of brewing beer on 02-02-2012 at 01:58 PM
    Whenever I'm brewing I'm always calling to my wife, "Come here, you've got to smell this!"
    Fresh crushed grains? Oh yeah. Mashing-in, Ooooh yeah! :)PS: Tasting the wort? Mmm-hmm. :)

  • Posted in thread: Batch 4 - Coopers Draught + stuff on 01-30-2012 at 05:13 PM
    Have you tried giving it a "swirl"? I know some folks say "no" to trying to rouse your yeast,
    but if you've got time, that's all it might take to get things going again. You'll need to give
    it time to...

  • Posted in thread: Beer keep on turning sour on 01-30-2012 at 05:04 PM
    It seems like the problem has been boiled down to sanitization in this case. But I'd like to
    make a comment in another vein...When you add your extract to your boil, be sure to take your
    pot off the h...

  • Posted in thread: Easy beginner recipe recommendations? on 01-25-2012 at 07:08 PM
    I'm in Canada, so not too far north of you. We've got easy access to much of the Cooper's
    extract kits here. I've found they age really well. When I started homebrewing a few years back
    I did a bunch ...

  • Posted in thread: Putting washed yeast into starter on 01-18-2012 at 09:01 PM
    Yeah, you should see three levels in your jar. The top level will be the left-over beer from
    your last batch, the creamy beige stuff in the middle is the yeast, the cruddy stuff at the
    bottom, the lef...

  • Posted in thread: What exactly does time do for my beer? on 01-18-2012 at 08:56 PM
    The higher the alcohol of the beer, the more time you let it "age" the more mellow it will get.
    You won't have that alcohol taste. But for what you're talking about, you don't need months, a
    couple we...

  • Posted in thread: Fermentation question: on 01-18-2012 at 08:53 PM
    Wow, that is a HIGH OG for sure. Glad things kicked in. If your yeast was still "waking up"
    from being in the fridge (even though it was up to temp) that might have accounted for the slow
    start. I'd r...

  • Posted in thread: Brew belt and 'quality' yeast on 01-18-2012 at 08:50 PM
    Oh sorry. That's not a good scene. The brew-belt comes in handy when you have to ferment in a
    Canadian basement in the winter, but it sounds like this might be a brew chalked-up to a
    learning experien...

  • Posted in thread: What are some of the mistakes you made...where your beer still turned out great! on 01-18-2012 at 08:47 PM
    Like a million others, I've made the mistake of grabbing the wrong sized stopper (by about a
    half size) and pushed it all the way into the carboy just after I had pitched the yeast. It was
    sanitized, ...

Darren Foulds: Canadian Homebrewer and Gardener