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  • Married to the LOML, and have a total of 5 kids and 9 grandkids. Love the outdoors, love beer, love
  • woodworking,play guitar,brewing...
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  • I started with a gift kit from my LHBS - glass carboy, bottling bucket, appropriate hoses, and 12 oz. bottles. I think the first beer was a stout of all things (I didn't keep records then), and it turned out great - and I was hooked! Technique-wise, I use LME's and steep specialty grains - have been doing that from the very beginning. I'm on the verge of attempting all grain - I need to sort out how I'm going to handle boiling with my current setup first, and modify a cooler I already have. I used other's recipe's for probably the first 20 5-gal batches, and have only in the past year started experimenting with my own concoctions, which I'm finding is a heck of a lot more fun.

    In the next year, I'm planning to turn my little chest freezer into a kegerator, and start down the path of kegging.

    That's about it...nothing more to see here... ;)


  • Posted in thread: Spike Brewing Kettle Giveaway on 07-28-2016 at 09:53 PM

  • Posted in thread: 2011 LongShot Judging Sheets? on 09-19-2011 at 04:13 PM
    I entered two brews..... an Amber ale, and a Russian Imperial Stout.Don't have the sheets with
    me, but the overall for the Amber was a 28, and the RIS scored 36.3, and was checked as having
    made it to...

  • Posted in thread: Just got my first kegs!! on 08-24-2008 at 04:09 AM
    No doubt..whatcha kegging?As luck would have it, I finished converting a little chest freezer
    this morning, and filled my first keg this evening (SNPA clone). Have it sitting at about 13
    lbs of pressu...

  • Posted in thread: Kegerator build question on 08-23-2008 at 12:56 AM
    If I missed an answer somewhere in searching, my apologies...I have a very small chest freezer
    (big enough for 2 cornies) that I am converting. I decided to use a 2x8 to build a collar to
    add enough s...

  • Posted in thread: Thinking about a black lager... on 12-15-2007 at 09:00 PM
    Well.... if I watch the weather patterns for temps, I may be able to find a 1-2 week window
    where we're above freezing - out in the garage would be a few degrees warmer than that (maybe
    38 - 40F). It ...

  • Posted in thread: Thinking about a black lager... on 12-14-2007 at 05:20 PM
    Thanks all for the suggestions!!!Revised...hops would all be pellet. changed to dark LME for
    color reasons only (want this very dark, but smooth) - if there's a better way, I'm all ears...
    ;o).75 lbs....

  • Posted in thread: Brewery names--what's your story? on 12-14-2007 at 04:50 AM
    After a lot of pondering bear-themed names, I decided to stick with the Potowatami indian name
    for the town I live, Mequanego Brewing Co.Mequanego = generally, place of the bear, or
    place of k...

  • Posted in thread: Thinking about a black lager... on 12-14-2007 at 03:59 AM
    If you can get carafa, I'd go with that over chocolate. You'll have a smoother, rounder beer,
    and that's what the schwatzbier is all about. I bet that California Common yeast will make a
    nice beer out...

  • Posted in thread: Thinking about a black lager... on 12-14-2007 at 02:11 AM
    Ok - specifically thinking about Sprecher Black Bavarian. Here's the main problem I have - no
    suitable lager fermenting temps...about the best I can do is a steady 62 degrees. So, since I
    did a steam ...

  • Posted in thread: sierra nevada on 12-11-2007 at 03:52 PM
    Nothing wrong with steeping in a muslin bag - I've been doing it that way since I started, and
    have had fabulous results (grains in bag, bag in cold water, turn on heat and remove grains
    just before b...

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