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    ABOUT ME

  • Toronto
  • I am a newbie brewer in the Great White North... Just getting my feet (and maybe my mouth) wet.
  • I started with a beginner LME kit, and quickly moved into all-grain, purchasing a mill from the U.S. for my grain... I've been using the Brew In A Bag (BIAB) method for this, and it how worked out really well. This has been especially good for smaller batches (1-3 gallons).
  • I'd like to get my cooler mash tun sorted out!
  • Victorian Bitter LME kit
  • 2.5 gal all-grain stout
  • Male
  • Married

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: BIAB Brewing (with pics) on 05-28-2012 at 02:28 AM
    I have used a thermometer like that without issue - just make sure it's in your boil for > 15
    mins so that it won't contaminate anything. Thermometers vary.... some are very accurate, some
    are less so...

  • Posted in thread: Liquid Malt Extract (LME) expiry date on can on 01-14-2011 at 09:22 AM
    I've used a couple of cans that were a year past their best-before dates with no issues, but
    five years is a pretty long time... For the cost of a new can of Extract, and the effort
    involved in brewin...

  • Posted in thread: (newbie question) Can you reuse store-bought beer bottles for homebrews? on 12-12-2009 at 01:07 PM
    That's where ALL of my bottles come from!Mine, too. While I generally try to stick to
    non-twist-off style bottles, I also have used twist-off cap bottles with great success. I
    haven't had one lose its...

  • Posted in thread: Liquid Malt Extract (LME) expiry date on can on 10-26-2009 at 10:27 AM
    Just in the interest of science, I thought I'd follow up on this one...I used the expired
    extract kit, it did not seem to be fermenting very well. After about three days I opened it up
    to pitch more y...

  • Posted in thread: Using a hop sack - sanitize first? on 08-23-2009 at 12:32 AM
    Anything that spends 15 mins or more in your boil will be sanitized. Even the leaves and bugs
    that fly in during the boil (I do my brew outside). Jay

  • Posted in thread: YES! A flawless bottling session! on 07-12-2009 at 02:37 AM
    Congrats!Of all the bottling sessions I've done, I think only the last two have gone really
    well, so I know how you feel.Actually, it was after I got a couple of kegs that the bottling
    really improved...

  • Posted in thread: Cooling a full boil without wort chiller on 06-08-2009 at 12:27 AM
    Yeah, that amount of liquid is going to be tough to cool without a chiller... +1 on stirring
    often, just be careful not to splash.I stayed away from full boils for 5 gallon batches until I
    had a chill...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone know of/use Bru-Mix extract? on 05-18-2009 at 07:12 PM
    I happened across a little can of extract called "Bru-Mix Pale" that appears to have been made
    here in Ontario, Canada. It looks to be roughly half the size of the cans of liquid malt
    extract (LME) th...

  • Posted in thread: Pitched yeast on top of krausen... did I kill this batch? on 04-02-2009 at 09:06 AM
    Harvest that yeast cake when the beer is finished and you'll have enough to start up 20 more
    batches.If I just re-pitched on top of the yeast cake do you think I would be over-pitching?
    I've only ever...

  • Posted in thread: Pitched yeast on top of krausen... did I kill this batch? on 04-01-2009 at 09:31 PM
    Thanks for the reassurances, gents! Much appreciated!This batch is slated to be my first
    attempt at kegging, too... there's so much to learn yet!Thnx!Jay

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