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  • Williamstown, MA
  • extract/specialty, full boils, 7 gallon glass primary, 3 - 5 gallon glass secondaries. Bottles, no keg. Peristaltic pump.

    Looking for a current source of Laaglander - because thick and chewy is what Laaglander does best - it's high in unfermentables because it's SUPPOSED to be high in unfermentables!!! It's a feature!.

    Have hops plants - contact for cuttings if local. Tettnanger, Hallertaur, Saaz, and some Cascade if it hasn't expired (getting a bit less love that the others). Tettnanger seems to do best here. No, I don't ship cuttings.
  • DME/chocolate malt, dry yeast, ale, thick & chewy.

    Some PM/small AG experiments.

    Trying Fawcett oat malt in things.

    Cider, mead - with plain old ale yeast.

    Lambic is a bit out of my league for making, though it drinks nicely.
  • Some sort of dark-beer thing at 1.058SG - pitched on cake. First ludicrous attempt at a PM.
  • New England Midnight Mild
  • Mead from 1996
    Mead from 2004
  • Male
  • Married


  • Posted in thread: Can I Backsweeten AND Bottle Prime? on 12-23-2008 at 03:45 AM
    [QUOTE=BrewOnBoard;1023728]Now there's an interesting idea.... How exactly would I do that? Put
    full (carbonated) bottles in water and heat to 170deg or so? Wouldn't that cause them to
    explode? If it ...

  • Posted in thread: Can I Backsweeten AND Bottle Prime? on 12-23-2008 at 01:44 AM
    Personally I can taste Splenda, and it's not a good thing. Stevia is more hit or miss - too
    easy to overdo, at which point it's horrid, but can be acceptable (to me) in small enough
    amounts.However, g...

  • Posted in thread: Cross pollination?? on 12-16-2008 at 02:12 AM
    If you have normal hops rhizomes, no - they are all female, as the bines are propagated
    vegetatively to maintain the same variety, so male bines are hardly ever seen outside of a
    breeding program. Whe...

  • Posted in thread: Barleywine Bottles on 12-15-2008 at 09:45 PM
    Clear or green soda bottles, use an opaque box, no problem. Beats $100 for brown bottles at the
    store for my money. Wrap the whole bottle in aluminum foil (or a brown paper bag :D ) if you
    need to pre...

  • Posted in thread: Glass carboy for 5g batches do i need a 6.5g carboy? on 12-15-2008 at 09:31 PM
    If you are buying "a second primary fermenter" where you are going to start and finish in the
    same container by leaving it there for 3-4 weeks, 6.5 gallon is good, and even that blows off
    sometimes. A...

  • Posted in thread: Bulk DME on 12-15-2008 at 04:58 PM
    Normally bulk DME comes in a bag - once opened, the bag is no longer airtight.I've got DME
    that's still perfect after more than 10 years (some long dry spells in brewing there) which I
    repacked into z...

  • Posted in thread: Tweaking your stovetop.. on 12-15-2008 at 03:27 PM
    Aside from the foil underneath (which does make a difference, IME) you could build a baffle
    from aluminum flashing to hold the heat near the pot on the sides (ie, a cylinder about 2"
    larger diameter t...

  • Posted in thread: Detrimental Effects of early racking to 2nd? on 12-15-2008 at 01:30 PM
    Leave it be, it will be fine.If I ever manage to get adequate time (did not happen over
    Thanksgiving) I'm going to be be running 2-3 batches in quick succession, and will basically
    rack from the prima...

  • Posted in thread: Tweaking your stovetop.. on 12-15-2008 at 01:13 PM
    Coil type stove or one of those irritating flat-top things?For coil type, a canning element and
    covering the reflector pan with a fresh shiny chunk of aluminum foil help heating, and covering
    the stov...

  • Posted in thread: Electric Stovetops - Preventing Scorching? on 12-15-2008 at 12:58 AM
    Best to get a "canning" element - sturdier, sits up a bit higher than the normal burner above
    the stovetop. Designed to hold oversized pots...I always line the reflector pan with fresh,
    bright aluminu...

Re-filling the pipeline - got a lot of brewing to do.