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  • Modesto, CA
  • I have recently started brewing and am always looking for ways to improve the quality of my brews. I am curently using extracts but plan on making equipment to switch over to all grain this year.
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  • David Garber
  • Classic Rock
  • I was introduced to homebrewing by a friend in Denver. I got my own equipment 2 years ago and have brewed about 15 batches since then. I am currently doing extract and partial mash brewing but will try to convert to all grain this year. I have made an IPA, a double brown, a honey amber, peach wheat, chocolate porter and currently have a classic mead in the fermenter.
  • I plan on trying some lagers and pilsners this summer and would like to try a few things off the beaten path.
  • Classic Mead - 18# raspberry honey and champagne yeast
  • Chocolate porter, honey amber
  • Female
  • Married


  • Posted in thread: Questions about "easiest beer i ever made" on 06-07-2011 at 06:52 AM
    I agree with CB. Active fermentation is probaly close to being done so go ahead and switch back
    to your 3 piece. Also leave it in the bucket of water to help control temp swings. I wouldn't
    give up on...

  • Posted in thread: Amount of water to start... on 04-20-2011 at 06:41 AM
    The quick and easy answer is Yes. You can boil with less water and still make beer, you just
    won't get the same hop utilization that you would've from a full boil. Another option is to
    only add half o...

  • Posted in thread: Specific Gravity, help! on 04-20-2011 at 06:33 AM
    Your gravity is what it is, using extract you really can't do much to affect your OG. As far as
    the lower than expected FG, that is not unusual as most of my beers end up with lower than
    expected FG's...

  • Posted in thread: Pancake layer in bottles on 04-16-2011 at 08:44 AM
    Really depends on how thick the layer is. A thin little line of yeast at the bottom is normal,
    however a really thick layer may represent that you are stirring up your cake from the bottom
    of your fer...

  • Posted in thread: Just completed my first extract brew... on 04-11-2011 at 03:12 AM
    Congrats on your first extract kit. I usually dont bother with a secondary and just leaave it
    in the primary for 3 weeks. Keep going and it will get easier, I have about 40 batches under my
    belt and c...

  • Posted in thread: after taste of multiple batches off flavor on 04-11-2011 at 03:02 AM
    I agree with mrduna the problem could be from fermenting at too high of a temp. Try getting a
    hand on your fermenting temps and see if this corrects the problem. Also with extract, if the
    extract is o...

  • Posted in thread: Storing Yeast on 04-02-2011 at 12:26 PM
    I usually keep my smack packs in the fridge and pull them out the night before to warm to room
    temp. Smack it when I start brewing and it's good to go when I'm ready.As far as yours is
    concerned if th...

  • Posted in thread: Adding priming sugar to fermenter before kegging on 04-02-2011 at 12:21 PM
    If you are going to force carb the beer there is no need to add priming sugar.

  • Posted in thread: any good IPA extracts? on 03-31-2011 at 04:59 AM
    My basic extract IPA recipe is.8 lbs LME1 lb Crytsal 402 oz Magnum2 oz Chinook2 oz CascadeI
    steep the crystal at 160 for 30 minadd 1/2 the LMEmix the Magnum & Chinook and add .5 oz of
    mixture every 10...

  • Posted in thread: OT: CNC Router/Plasma Table on 03-28-2011 at 06:00 AM
    Awesome build, and being a Parker employee real happy to see the selection of Parker products
    in this build.