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  • Mainly interested in older styles: small beers, milds, browns, alts.
  • Brewing,camping,reading,killing small expensive trees
  • Retired with start-up
  • Heart of the Valley, Oregon Brew Crew
  • Male
  • Married
  • Willamina & Oak Grove
  • Oregon, USA


  • Posted in thread: Outdoor Kegerator on 03-30-2016 at 09:31 PM
    Do you live in an area where it freezes? Unless you plan on shutting down and draining the
    system for the winter, you'll need something keep the taps from freezing.

  • Posted in thread: Why is getting rhizomes like pulling teeth? on 03-30-2016 at 09:22 PM
    Western Oregon had its wettest winter on record, so most farms are nothing but mud. It's
    impossible to harvest rhizomes right now without damaging the plants.

  • Posted in thread: Why DON'T I have bottle bombs? on 01-25-2016 at 04:48 PM
    Maple syrup is typically 65% fermentable sugars by weight. The first batch should be slightly
    under-carbonated. The batch with 1.75 cups of syrup are potential bombs, but if you keep them
    cold the yea...

  • Posted in thread: Safe alternative to pvc glue? on 01-19-2016 at 05:17 PM
    You will have to glue it and pvc glues are safe for use with potable water.

  • Posted in thread: Grapefruit IPA Recipee opinion on 11-25-2015 at 06:25 PM
    It wasn't intentional, but one beer I brewed with Cascade, Amaretto and Perle had a very
    pronounced grapefruit flavor. I mixed all three and portioned them out for each add.

  • Posted in thread: Feedback on first hard cider on 10-06-2015 at 03:41 PM
    Most of my ciders end up around 0.995. I like to use a K-series wine yeast without nutrient,
    but ciders are very forgiving. It's definitely easier to ferment out, kill the yeast and
    back-sweeten, than...

  • Posted in thread: Difference between beer and wine fermentation tanks on 10-06-2015 at 03:34 PM
    Anyone contemplating setting up a brewery should look into used equipment. It's not unusual for
    a brewing system to serve a half-dozen startups over its lifetime.This is a good source if you
    are in th...

  • Posted in thread: Your worst home brewing mishap? on 10-06-2015 at 03:30 PM
    When I was first getting started, my friend had purchased the makings for a rye IPA; except he
    bought twice as much rye as the recipe called for. The resulting "mash muffin" was consigned to
    the compo...

  • Posted in thread: Brew with unmalted grains! on 09-09-2015 at 11:09 PM
    Bottom line: yeast cannot ferment starches, it is the malting process that converts starches to
    fermentable sugars. Alpha and beta amylase enzymes are the primary drivers of conversion, so
    you can use...

  • Posted in thread: Simple collar-style keezer on 09-05-2015 at 02:16 AM
    I found out the hard way a major problem with collars; when the freezer dies, you may not be
    able to find another freezer that fits. My old one was 24x24, all the new ones are a little
    wider and not a...

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