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  • Will be planting a few varieties of hops in large containers soon as I can get my hands on the hops. I like to grow plants, and hops are very satisfying as they reward you with rapid growth; and some little gems, if you treat them right.
    I am responsible for a little pastime while enjoying a good brew- I call it "Underlining". It take a little bit of skill to do the underlining and read it.
    You take a free paperback book, preferably an action-type book.
    Go through the text and underline words to make new sentences, without adding new words. At the end of a new "sentence", just indicate with a vertical line. At best, the new sentences should be rather absurd, but readable out loud, even after a few brews. I shall cite an example from my first effort in 1982:

    " Splinters of panic-stricken mud fought to get the cage out of the trees"
  • Alternative.
  • None. Better things to do.
  • Remanufactured. See above.
  • Attempted home brewing with good dual carboy setup and 8-gallon stockpot. Too much going on at the time in my life, and my "assistant" was rather inebriated. One small mistake after another let to a beer that was not recommended for enjoyable consumption- dry as a bone. I was more disappointed than my wife- sold all my equipment. That was 3 years ago.
    Latest efforts: 1st batch in years- 5-13-12: Cooper's Lager Rev. 1.0- with the addition of 4 lbs Pilsen malt and 2 lbs Wheat malt; 1 oz Hallertauer for bittering, and 1 oz Saaz at the final 10 minutes for aroma. Now bottled. It must overcome some scorching, and high temp spike during early fermentation. Off to the closet to be forgotten...until one day..

    Tonight, 5-25: Brewed a T.Cooper's IPA kit. Did not boil wort. Added boiling water to kit, stirred in Cooper's Brew Enhancer 1, and 1# Light DME. Separately brewed 1 oz Amarillo for 7 minute boil in plain water for aroma and flavor. My goodness, if this holds up, there will def
  • American Wheat. Going to try ordering the LME to do 6 gallons then add water for five. Trying Willamette hops in tea form again for the aroma.
  • Thomas Cooper's IPA W/ 1 LB Light DME and 300 g enhancer.
    No boil. Added about a gallon and a half boiling water and stirred to dissolve. Hops prepared by making a tea for 6 minutes boiling in water only. Smells really good!
    36 hours in fermenter- The thick, fine krausen is dying down. Temp in fermenter has remained at 70-74 since pitching. Krausen only got 1 inch thick. Now I can see through it in spots. Big nose-hit of alcohol. Hops. Citrus. Spice. It's all there. Hope the concentration by reduction of water in the recipe wasn't too much for the Cooper's IPA yeast. But I must say it DID produce alcohol. No off-kilter smells, just needs its conditioning regime. I am feeling positive about what appears to
    by my first brew- and it is going smoothly. YES!!!!
  • Second-airy.
  • Batch 1, the Cooper's Lager (Rev 1), in intensive care until further notice. Will send in expeditionary force to determine condition in about 30 days.
  • Currently collecting Corny kegs and associated apparatus. I will be off early Friday 6-1, and will be on the prowl for a new CO2 regulator and 20#CO2 tank. The 50-mile round-trip for CO2 refills makes a 20# tank the best choice. Fewer trips. Done.
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  • Posted in thread: Biab (all grain) problems on 04-17-2014 at 05:40 PM
    Yep Until I got a clue about water chemistry, I attempted to use our system's non-chlorinated
    mountain tap water. After some failures, I decided to look into it. The water quality report
    included nitr...

  • Posted in thread: If you could only drink 3 Beers for the rest of your life, What would they be? on 04-16-2014 at 09:00 PM
    let's see here...1. Warka2. Zwierzyniec3. Boddington's Pub Ale still working on a homebrew
    recipe.... Cheers! gnarlyhopper

  • Posted in thread: Anyone ever had a Taprite Tank CO2 gauge fail? on 04-16-2014 at 06:50 PM
    Hi again, Thought I would upload a pic of mine. The plastic cover pops off when struck, then
    the case crushes the dial from the sides, Looks like this is a job for the Taprite Model 744
    GP, Gauges n...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone ever had a Taprite Tank CO2 gauge fail? on 04-16-2014 at 04:20 AM
    Hey, that's my gauge! Actually, the damage appears daughter moved the CO2 tank
    (regulator and all) to a closet...where it was knocked over onto the gauge. Damage appears
    identical. Sinc...

  • Posted in thread: Am I a homebrewer? NO! on 04-14-2014 at 01:05 AM
    and that is all there is to it."Artisan" just means "traditional". Traditionally, we have been
    called "homebrewers". uh...this could be a never-ending cycle.... -gnarlyhopper

  • Posted in thread: What do you drive? on 04-13-2014 at 08:11 PM
    ...and it's in the garage waiting for attention. For now, substituting 1980 Mercedes 300 TD.
    Can't say I am a big fan of computerized cars. No rush. -gnarlyhopper

  • Posted in thread: Midwest Supplies on 06-26-2013 at 01:30 AM
    Hi I recently ordered (a couple of weeks ago) a 20lb CO2 tank= through their Amazon store.
    Shipped in 2 business days. Tank appeared as in the picture, clean, shiny with a May 2013
    recert date. Not ev...

  • Posted in thread: Cows ate first-year hops. Should I prune? on 06-23-2013 at 10:06 PM
    Yes!! Prune the cows! They will be less of a menace on the grill..... -gnarlyhopper

  • Posted in thread: Home brew review channel. on 06-23-2013 at 10:04 PM
    Hi! Keep it up, it looks OK from here, sure, with about $100,000 worth of equipment you could
    really put the sparkle on it....but this looked like a couple of homebrewers reviewing a
    beer...exactly wh...

  • Posted in thread: Hello Fellow Washingtonians!! on 06-13-2013 at 01:36 AM
    Checking in.. East of Bellingham. Almost Canadia. Restarting my equipment. Finally got the 20lb
    CO2 tank. Going the BIAB route. Looking forward to many hoppy returns. -gnarlyhopper