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  • I Have been drinking microbrews for a whlie.Love the taste of most but not the retail price. So, I decided to try to make my own beer. Bought my equipment and starter ingredient kit locally. Just doing partial mash extract kits for now and want to get into whole grain in the future, once I figure out the basic process. Made 2 brews so far, an American Amber(turned out more like an IPA) and a English Brown Ale(tastes real good out of the primary).
  • Light ales, Honey ales, IPA's
  • English Brown Ale
  • American Amber
  • none
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  • Wisconsin


  • Posted in thread: Pot size and boil over on 01-04-2016 at 03:17 AM
    I don't have much headspace in my pot. I use a 5 gallon pot, do 4 gallon boils, then top off in
    the fermenter. What I do is take the pot of wort off the heat at the hot break, then stir in my
    1st addi...

  • Posted in thread: First batch and hello! on 12-22-2015 at 05:36 AM
    welcome to home brewing. As far as the fermentation cycle, I usually do 2 weeks primary, 1 week
    secondary. alot of people don't do a secondary on this site, but i do. I think it makes a
    clearer beer. ...

  • Posted in thread: New To AG on 12-01-2015 at 03:42 AM
    I use a 5 gallon SS pot(4 gallon boil, with 2 gallon top up in the fermenter), 5 gallon
    rubbermaid round cooler that I converted with brass valve and fittings. Plastic fermenting
    bucket. Buy my grains...

  • Posted in thread: Help!Quick! My mash pH too low on 09-17-2015 at 03:52 AM
    I never worry about mash PH. Beer is always fine!

  • Posted in thread: Water top-off on 09-11-2015 at 08:31 PM
    I do 4 gallon partial boils, I cool the 3.5 gallons of wort remaining to about 85 degrees, then
    pour it through a strainer into the fermenting bucket, then top off with 2 gallons of
    refrigerated water...

  • Posted in thread: 92.69% efficiency on 09-03-2015 at 02:26 AM
    What is Splarging?

  • Posted in thread: Does this look normal? Photos attached. on 08-31-2015 at 11:12 PM
    Trub residue? from the stuff that sticks to the side after the krausen has fallen.

  • Posted in thread: Priming sugar on 08-19-2015 at 03:54 AM
    Table sugar can make the beer taste like cider. Dextrose is the way to go. I usually use 4.3-
    4.5 oz of dextrose for a 5 gallon batch.

  • Posted in thread: Am I screwed? on 08-08-2015 at 01:10 AM
    I just use spring bottled water.....never had a problem with it.

  • Posted in thread: mash tun issues on 07-29-2015 at 11:16 PM
    I use a Rubbermaid 5 gallon tun also. I always drain the tun after the mash time. Then I sparge
    2 times, splitting my sparge volume. Almost always hit my numbers. Another thing is check your
    crush of ...