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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
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  • Posted in thread: Big Mouth Bubbler - Siphonless - Yes or No on 10-12-2015 at 11:41 PM
    I have a non ported one and I love it. I was going to pick up a ported one as soon as they were
    announced, but then I read that the harness made for them has the bottom strap running right
    across wher...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2015? on 10-12-2015 at 03:14 AM
    +5 NZ Hopped IPA---------------------21,210.5

  • Posted in thread: New Yeast Strain Chart! Searchable and Sortable on 10-10-2015 at 02:27 PM
    Your yeast chart has become my go-to for checking equivalent strains. Just wondering if you'll
    be adding the new Imperial Organic Yeast to your charts? Thanks! Keep up the good work.

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2015? on 09-22-2015 at 09:56 PM
    +5 wee heavy ---------------------= 19,909.5

  • Posted in thread: which yeast for wee heavy? on 09-21-2015 at 04:42 AM
    So I went with 028. The LHBS was out of 1728 the day I picked it up, or I might have gotten it
    instead. I know they are supposedly the same strain, but why then does White Labs state 65-70F
    but Wyeast...

  • Posted in thread: Reverse Dough-in on 09-18-2015 at 08:52 PM
    Deleting duplicate. Stupid phone app.

  • Posted in thread: Reverse Dough-in on 09-18-2015 at 08:20 PM
    ... I even starting milling grains straight into the MLT, no accidental spilled grain from the
    bucket or dust cloud in my face.Now that's an interesting technique I will have to try.

  • Posted in thread: Reverse Dough-in on 09-17-2015 at 11:32 PM
    I also have a 10 gallon cooler with just a bazooka screen. If I fill slowly, a quick stir is
    all it takes for no dough balls.

  • Posted in thread: What is your technique for caramelizing wort? on 09-17-2015 at 08:30 PM
    When boiling down that far has any one developed a butterscotch taste that can be mistaken as
    diacetyl? I've read that may be a possible concern when boiling down to a syrup and would like
    to avoid th...

  • Posted in thread: which yeast for wee heavy? on 09-16-2015 at 05:09 PM
    I think I'll pick up a vial of 028, I've read people using it for lots of different styles. I'm
    intrigued.... I think I'll over build and harvest for an upcoming ipa.


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