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  • Started home brewing on 25 DEC 1999 after my girlfriend (now wife) bought me an Ale Pail starter kit from the LHBS for Jesus' birthday. We ripped right into it after coming home from family dinners and parties and got right to work. - - - - It was an American Pale Ale kit with 6#LME, 1#specialty grains, 1oz. Nugget for 60 min., 2oz. Cascade for 10 min, and Dry Ale yeast. We remember it being soooo goood! - - - - - I did drink a couple of local micros from time to time, and I always liked them, but prior to brewing that first beer I was a 24-pack of Natty kind of guy. That brew day changed me instantly. I started brewing a lot, and never bought anything less than the local craft beer. I also found a taste for the more exotic (read:expensive) craft beers and styles. I continue to explore this fascinating and ever changing beer renaissance we are experiencing in North America. - - - - - Through the years I have gone through periods of constant home brewing once or twice a month for months on end, to periods of no brewing for a couple of years. And then when circumstance were right, another long brewing period, followed by more off time. But during all that time I have always remained a beer enthusiast (a few friends call me a beer snob. Sorry, I WILL NOT DRINK YOUR LIME-A-RITA). - - - - - In the summer of 2014, a brewer friend of mine had me over to brew with him because he knew i had done it a couple years back. He was doing all grain which I had never done in my 40+ batches that far. I had always been an extract/specialty grain brewer. When I decided to pick up the hobby again I knew the only option was all-grain. I still had all of my old gear, and nearly 500 clean empty bottles. I just bought a 16 gal. kettle and built a mash tun from a cooler and I was ready to go. Now I wonder why it took so long to make the switch to all-grain.
  • Cream Ale, Cream Ale sitting on vanilla beans
  • Common Room ESB, Honey Kolsch, CYBI Dead Guy Clone, Great Lakes Christmas Ale clone
  • Vin's Wild Pale Ale
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  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2015? on 07-19-2015 at 12:00 AM
    15157.5+ 5 ipa----------15162.5

  • Posted in thread: Funny things you've overheard about beer on 07-18-2015 at 11:41 PM
    ...West Coast IPAs, East Coast IPAs, Belgian IPAs, brown IPAs, sour IPAs...

  • Posted in thread: Beers You Used To Drink on 07-18-2015 at 10:22 PM
    Rolling Rock and Henry Weinhard's I considered "craft" beer back in the 90's. I always felt
    like I was going high end when I brought some to a party. I also used to drink Micky's, Country
    Club, and Lo...

  • Posted in thread: Expectations with Anti Foam and stir plate on 07-18-2015 at 10:01 PM
    I use fermcap-s in all my starters. I put them on a stir plate and never see a full on krausen.
    After 48 hours I can definitely tell there would have been a krausen by looking at the edge of
    the wort ...

  • Posted in thread: Decoction vs Infusion for step mash in cooler? on 07-18-2015 at 09:13 PM
    haha thanks though @mbobhat . I have done a lot more research on decoction mashing since I
    posted that. I still haven't tried one yet, but it's on my must try list.

  • Posted in thread: So who's brewing this weekend? on 07-18-2015 at 09:07 PM
    Last night I floated 3 kegs, all 3 were low, but still, I was surprised that they all went in
    the same night. This leaves me only 2 kegs of beer. :(The great thing about stocking bulk
    grain, hops and ...

  • Posted in thread: Speidel Plastic Tanks on 07-10-2015 at 08:45 PM
    I also use 3/8 silicone. I can drain my 30l Speidel in half the time it takes to rack from a
    carboy with auto-siphon.

  • Posted in thread: What I did for beer today on 07-10-2015 at 08:37 PM
    ^^^I switched to SaniClean (also by Five Star) for my kegs and carboys. No more snakes. It's
    the low foam version of Star San but requires a 3 minute contact time... no bigs.

  • Posted in thread: VIDEO: Brewing a Hillbilly beer on 06-29-2015 at 09:01 AM
    Excellent video, I loved seeing the experimentation. Lots of production value, and highly
    entertaining!!BOOM!An instant HBT classic. :goat:

  • Posted in thread: Speidel Plastic Tanks on 06-26-2015 at 05:24 PM
    I cold crash in mine, but I replace the airlock lid with sanitized aluminum foil. If you sealed
    it up I highly doubt it would collapse, they're pretty sturdy.


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