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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.
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  • Posted in thread: Starting timing on 05-03-2016 at 05:14 PM
    With such a short time frame, you may want to try the Vitality Starter method described in that
    article. You won't decant, but works well on short notice.

  • Posted in thread: Bee Cave Brewery Robust Porter on 05-01-2016 at 12:19 AM
    So I just finished brewing this one up. I had to make a couple last minute substitutions. At
    some point I must have forgotten to remove inventory from BeerSmith on a prior brew and I ended
    up a little...

  • Posted in thread: Bee Cave Brewery Robust Porter on 04-30-2016 at 02:53 AM
    Going to be making this one for the first time this weekend. Looking forward to it.

  • Posted in thread: So who's brewing this weekend? on 04-02-2016 at 06:52 PM
    It's been over 5 months since I've brewed and my kegerator is almost empty. :( Doing my Blond
    Ale recipe using the Cascade hops from my first year plants from 2015!

  • Posted in thread: Popped my first top :-( on 03-20-2016 at 09:07 PM
    I always give my bottled beers a good 3 to 4 weeks for good carbonation. 2 weeks has never
    quite been enough for me. I bet they'll just get better from here.

  • Posted in thread: Any good bottle shops in SE Idaho? on 12-09-2015 at 10:33 PM
    I was wondering if there are any good bottle shops in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, Pocatello or
    surrounding areas? Even though UT liquor stores have gotten way better in the past few years,
    my beer enthus...

  • 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