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  • I started brewing a few months before I turned 21, and just ended up liking it so much that I kept on going. Before March of 2007, I was an extract/steeping grains brewer and have since moved on to all-grain. I brew at least one 5 gallon batch of beer a week. I brew a variety of styles, but don't really care for Pale Ales too much. My favorite styles to brew are browns, porters, Belgians, and stouts. I have tried brewing a variety of recipes, but I usually just come up with my own based on what ingredients I have on hand.


  • Posted in thread: First AG - Questions and a KISS recipe on 09-21-2007 at 07:29 PM
    Aeration. I donít have any oxygen or anything. Canít I just siphon high into the primary, like
    a rough pour and wonít that aerate it? All I do is cool my wort in the kettle and then pour it
    into my pr...

  • Posted in thread: re-pitching the yeast on 08-28-2007 at 07:56 PM
    Here's what I do for re-pitching yeast:Pour yeast cake into 3 or 4 sanitized plastic beer
    bottlesStore in the fridgePitch onto batch of beerSave yeast cake from that batch as wellI will
    usually do thi...

  • Posted in thread: Mash Paddle.....why? on 08-28-2007 at 07:48 PM
    Does this bend as you're stirring the mash, or is it ridged enough?It works great for me and
    doesn't really bend at all, but I use a 48qt rectangular mash tun so I hold the paddle more in
    the middle t...

  • Posted in thread: Stout/Creamy Stout on 08-28-2007 at 07:37 PM
    What's the plan/difference between your stout & creamy stout from the same wort? I um
    confused.Lactose would be my guess, but I've always added that later in the boil. I suppose you
    could add it to th...

  • Posted in thread: Mash Paddle.....why? on 08-28-2007 at 07:29 PM
    When I first started brewing AG, I just used the heavy-duty stainless spoon that I purchased
    awhile back. It worked pretty well, but I ended up getting a cheap plastic mash paddle that has
    worked even...

  • Posted in thread: barley crusher mill gap on 08-28-2007 at 07:17 PM
    I've been thinking about adjusting my Barley Crusher lately, but I get around 80% at factory
    settings. I suppose better efficiency means saving money, so I could always play around with
    different gap ...

  • Posted in thread: Fining beer on 08-22-2007 at 06:36 PM
    I recently starting using gelatin because I would always get chill haze in my beer. They would
    eventually clear out, but I wanted quicker results. In order for gelatin to fight chill haze,
    the beer mu...

  • Posted in thread: AG Technique Question on 08-22-2007 at 02:21 PM
    One other thing- depending on your setup (false bottom, braid, etc), you probably don't want to
    add all the grain and then all the water. I agree. I typically add all my water to the mash
    tun, and the...

  • Posted in thread: Recipe Help: Belgian Golden Strong Ale on 08-22-2007 at 02:18 PM
    Here's the recipe in case you're interested:TripelBrew Type: All Grain Date: 5/9/2007 Style:
    Belgian Tripel Brewer: Mike Young Batch Size: 5.50 gal Assistant Brewer: Boil Volume: 7.00 gal
    Boil Time: 6...

  • Posted in thread: Recipe Help: Belgian Golden Strong Ale on 08-22-2007 at 02:14 PM
    I would say don't bother using Belgian Candi Sugar and just go with straight table sugar. I
    made a Belgian Tripel that was a Westmalle clone using 2 lbs of table sugar a few months ago,
    and it turned ...

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