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  • Saltwater fishing,surfing,gardening,home brewer
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  • Started because a friend handed me some hops. They grew well the first year, so figured I had to use them, thus, started the homebrewing hobby in Nov 2009. Not shy of failure, my first shot was all-grain IPA. It was drinkable beer, but 6 month later I'm on batch 15 and the beer is much improved. I started with a 5 gal MLT that did not allow proper mash volume for high grain bill beers like IPA's, so some astringency was present in older beers. My new 48 qt MLT and ice-bath fermentation control have really improved the last few batches, to a point that I prefer these to most craft brews. Getting there, but still a lot to learn about styles other than PA's and IPA's.
  • Mead
  • Oatmeal Creme Stout, Celebrate Pale Ale
  • Belgian Strong Ale
  • Mojo IPA clone (Amarillo dry hop)
    Mojo IPA clone (Cascade dry hop)
    Belgian Strong Ale
    Celebrate Pale Ale
    Choc. Oatmeal Creme Stout
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  • Posted in thread: What do advanced homebrewers ferment 10 gallon batches in? on 12-03-2013 at 02:16 AM
    Like a few others, half barrel sanke is my go to with the 15 gal batches. Just threw 15 gal of
    chocolate oatmeal stout on a weaker brown ale yeast cake and it was blowing off within 2 hours.
    If you ev...

  • Posted in thread: Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout-had it? on 10-15-2013 at 12:28 AM
    Took a trip to England last year and wanted a bump up from the 3-4ABV English ales. A small pub
    in Lancaster had this Hercule Belgian stout. Very good if you can find it around. I attempted a
    stout wi...

  • Posted in thread: How much do you keep in the pipeline? on 06-02-2013 at 01:05 PM
    I have 4 kegs on tap and 6 backup kegs. Since last fall I've kept all available kegs full.

  • Posted in thread: Do you guys set a limit on your drinks? on 04-08-2013 at 05:34 PM
    I don't drink at all Monday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday is open season and I don't
    put any limits.Same here. When I started homebrewing I was doing 1 glass of wine during the
    week. That tu...

  • Posted in thread: Belma Hops on 04-05-2013 at 04:48 PM
    First time browsing this thread. I've had a lot of Belma in stock since last fall and used in
    several beers... IPA's and pales. One was heavily dry hopped. The comments about lack of aroma
    makes total...

  • Posted in thread: Cut back on Beer because the belly is too big? on 01-30-2013 at 07:11 PM
    I don't eat bread, pasta, or starches. I get my bread from the beer ;-)Eat a high protein diet,
    veggies, fruits, cheese, eggs, etc. Cut the bread and starches and you can have a few beers a
    day withou...

  • Posted in thread: White house beer on 01-02-2013 at 07:34 PM
    I ended up brewing this so it would be carbed and ready by early Nov. Not an exact clone as I
    did not have amber malt and used aromatic instead. I used my own honey from a June 2012 harvest
    (mostly po...

  • Posted in thread: Heading to Boulder Co on 11-20-2012 at 09:02 PM
    Boulder Beer Co is my favorite watering hole when I visit once a year. Mojo IPA on Nitro...
    wonderful! Their food is pretty good to boot.Walnut Brewery is pretty good. I love their Indian
    Peaks Pale t...

  • Posted in thread: I've been getting free eggs from my spent grain on 01-24-2012 at 09:00 PM
    I dump my grain over my back fence into my neighbors woods. He has 12 hens and a rooster that
    love the stuff. I still pay him for the fresh eggs because we eat a lot of eggs, but enjoy the
    symbiotic q...

  • Posted in thread: Long night of bottling ahead on 01-24-2012 at 06:19 PM
    Congrats!I keg mostly, but bottle some of my stronger non-session beers or brews like porters
    and stouts. While it's not a super fun task, the feeling when finished of seeing cases of beer
    stacked on ...

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