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  • If I ever win the lottery, it's goodbye grad school and hello to opening my own brewery.
  • Brewing,painting,soccer
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  • One of my friends from college brewed, and my dad used to brew as well when I was a kid. I decided to give it a try after tasting my friend's pale ale, which was pretty amazing. My first homebrew was a dunkelweizen kit. It turned out great! I then tried a pale ale kit before finding a partial mash wheat beer recipe online. There was one problem, however: every beer I made with extract had a similar flavor. There was this toasty flavor in the background which we attributed to the DME. It was then that I tried an all-grain IPA recipe from Popular Mechanics, of all places. It was my best beer so far! I have never gone back to extracts ever again. Since that IPA, I have altered and adapted the recipe 3 or 4 times to make something that was truly my own. I have also made an all-grain trippel and a Belgian pale. I now re-use my yeast to save money and make my beer more efficient. Home brewing has changed my life, how I think about beer, and is probably my favorite hobby so far.
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  • Posted in thread: Messed up mash pH on 08-02-2015 at 05:52 PM
    I was scraping out my mash tun today, just as I started my boil, and took a bite of the spent
    grain. It was tart, because apparently all of my acid malt went to one spot. This wouldn't have
    happened i...

  • Posted in thread: Significance, S-bubble or 3 Piece Airlock? on 07-07-2015 at 03:17 PM
    It doesn't really matter. However, if you get a crazy fermentation that spews out through the
    air lock, the three piece is much easier to clean :)

  • Posted in thread: Propane Regulator Issue on 07-06-2015 at 11:58 PM
    I didn't touch the side of the tank during the boil, so I'm not sure if it was cold or not.
    However, I am in AZ, and it was around 105F outside while I was brewing. I'd think that would
    be enough to k...

  • Posted in thread: Propane Regulator Issue on 07-06-2015 at 04:17 PM
    I just used my new Edelmetall burner yesterday, and I was pretty impressed with how quickly it
    got a boil going. However, something weird kept happening. About every ten minutes or so, I'd
    lose the ro...

  • Posted in thread: Fermentation puzzle on 05-26-2015 at 08:37 PM
    It might be due to the specialty malts. Those have more unfermentable sugars. Use fewer
    specialty malts, and see if that helps.

  • Posted in thread: First IPA - Suggestions? on 05-21-2015 at 11:22 PM
    For your grain bill, that is way too much crystal malt. No more than 5% of the malt should be
    crystal malt for an IPA. I would also use 0.25-0.5# biscuit, 1# might be overwhelming.

  • Posted in thread: Tis' The Saison - Spiced Raspberry Ale on 04-14-2015 at 05:08 AM
    Looks great! Glad it turned out well for you :)

  • Posted in thread: Your three favorite hops for an IPA on 03-12-2015 at 05:17 AM
    Mosaic, Simcoe, cascade.

  • Posted in thread: Anyone brew 5 gallon batches on your kitchen stove? on 03-10-2015 at 01:51 AM
    I have a small gas stove and use a heat stick to achieve a rolling boil. I do 5 gallon batches
    and usually start with 7 gallons of preboil volume.

  • Posted in thread: What are you drinking now? on 02-27-2015 at 04:49 AM
    Helles - first lager I've ever made!

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