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  • Started with a basic kit as a gift.

    Currently brewing in 5 gal batches. Using basic gear. I have a 5 and a 7 gallon kettle, beverage cooler converted to a mash tun, 1 glass carboy, 3 plastic fermenters. Am planning to make an Immersion Chiller soon.
    I make a Canadian Maple Ale every year during Maple Syrup season. Yummy!!


  • Posted in thread: Poor Attenuation on 12-08-2011 at 10:48 PM
    Hi AllI have a continuing issue with poor attenuation in ales. As an example here is the porter
    I did 3 weeks ago. 5 gallon batch9.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 77.25 %1.00 lb
    Mild Malt (...

  • Posted in thread: Determining AA% on 09-27-2009 at 10:36 PM
    I would suggest making a tea with a known amount of your hops, as well as with a known amount
    of a hop with a known AA and compare. It's not exact, but it'll get you in the ballpark. I've
    heard the pa...

  • Posted in thread: Pumpkin Ale using.....real pumpkins? on 09-12-2009 at 12:45 AM
    So, I will be buying some left over pumpkins from this year to aquire more seeds for next year.
    I am not sure I would do that.Unless you know your buying heirloom types, you may very well be
    buying hy...

  • Posted in thread: Wet hop ale - suggestions? on 09-03-2009 at 01:38 AM
    You guys have solved my conundrum.I have been growing Willamette for a few years with moderate
    (2 or 3 oz dried) results. Last year I founds 3 Cascade plants which I grew in pots with good
    results.I h...

  • Posted in thread: Dumping old Star San on the lawn? on 05-16-2009 at 10:31 PM
    Having spent 15 years in the landscape/turf industry I have to ask, why are you worried?This
    country spends WAY TO MUCH time and money of how the grass looks. Think about it, we feed,
    rake, lime, blah...

  • Posted in thread: 'Short' fermentation & possible solutions on 05-16-2009 at 03:13 PM
    Sometimes we do things just to see if we can. Everything does not revolve around money eh?

  • Posted in thread: 'Short' fermentation & possible solutions on 05-16-2009 at 01:01 PM
    I brewed 2 batches of my IPA last weekend. Recipe below:Whale's Back IPAextract with steeped
    grains3.00 lb Amber Dry Extract (12.5 SRM) 3.31 lb Amber Liquid Extract [Boil for 15 min]1.00
    lb Caramel/Cr...

  • Posted in thread: Water Fermentation Chiller on 05-02-2009 at 02:05 AM
    I too have been dealing with temp issues, primarily in lagering, for some time. I have a
    converted 10 gallon MLT/Cooler and have pondered using it as a lagering cooler when I am not
    mashing. I have al...

  • Posted in thread: Hmmm. What happened here? on 11-19-2008 at 12:00 PM
    I brewed an English Ale with a friend about 10 days ago. We racked to secondary last night and
    the beer has a mildly sour aroma and taste. Recipe:3 lbs Muntons Amber LME1 lb Muntons Amber
    DME1 lb Crys...

  • Posted in thread: making pear wine on 10-01-2008 at 09:53 PM
    Thanks for the advice Yooper. I wish I could freeze em but, with the hops and veggies in there,
    I have no room in my freezer. I do have ways of mashing though.I have taken the recipe you
    suggested and...

The Brewhouse at Alewife Cove No matter how much I miss my target, I still make beer. DBM Primary 1 - Nada Primary 2 - Zip Secondary 1 - Secondary 2 - Ocean House Coffee Porter Kegged - Iron Clad Pale Ale Cascade 2011 Bottled - Drinking - Oak Pond Somerset Lager, October Fest & Nut Brown. Ocean House Coffee Porter. Iron Clad Pale Ale Cascade 2011.