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  • I've been brewing for about 6 years. About a year ago (thanks to some help from the HBT forum) I crossed over into all-grain brews. I've made some Scottish Ales and Irish Stouts I'm quite proud of, but (like many of us) I would ultimately like to perfect the art of Belgian brewing. I'm also really into wild crafting beers and wines.
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  • Between beers right now . . . I'm enjoying some wild-grape pygment, staghorn sumac metheglin, and dandelion metheglin.
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  • Posted in thread: Excessive tannins in my Stout. Clean-up using Gelatin? on 04-09-2010 at 01:45 PM
    Hey Yossarian - I'm having some tannin issues in a spruce beer. (It tastes like lemon juice!) I
    read through this thread . . . just wondering -- how did it turn out, now, ten months later?

  • Posted in thread: feedback on maple/spruce recipe idea on 04-07-2010 at 01:30 PM
    Update on the maple-spruce beer.I wound up following the Euell Gibbons recipe reducing maple
    sap boiled down to about 1/3 its original volume, then adding about 1/2 peck of spruce new
    growth. (I used ...

  • Posted in thread: Brewing when you're broke . . . on 03-17-2010 at 12:24 PM
    Those prices for a 55# bag are WAY cheaper than what I've been looking at! (NSM is selling
    55# bags for $40, while I was looking at bulk prices of about $130 for the same thing. I guess
    I needed to ...

  • Posted in thread: Grrrrr.... on 03-17-2010 at 04:07 AM
    I had a similar issue recently. I'm no expert on keggerators, but this seems to be working for
    me:I use priming sugar to carbonate the beer in the keg (about 3/4 cup for 5 Gallons). Then I
    set the keg...

  • Posted in thread: Brewing when you're broke . . . on 03-17-2010 at 03:58 AM
    I guess I'm crossing a threshhold into a new era a brewing here. I went into the brew store and
    realized I could only afford a couple packs of yeast and a 5# bag of priming sugar. I'm
    thinking through...

  • Posted in thread: feedback on maple/spruce recipe idea on 03-05-2010 at 04:25 PM
    Just wanted to update. I've continued to look for a recipe and found this really simple one
    from Euell Gibbons (the wild edibles guy). He says to take 20 gallons of maple sap and boil it
    down to 4 gal...

  • Posted in thread: feedback on maple/spruce recipe idea on 02-28-2010 at 06:00 PM
    I'm trying to come up with a recipe for a maple porter using spruce and maple sap. (We're
    tapping our own trees.)I've never used maple sap or spruce before -- any advice?Here's my idea
    for a recipe:Bo...

  • Posted in thread: Baby shower beer... on 02-28-2010 at 05:57 PM
    Cool idea for the baby shower brew. Three thoughts:1. Maybe try to get some Sierra Nevada
    bottles. They are short and squat and look smaller (even though they hold about the same amount
    of beer).2. My...

  • Posted in thread: Corona Bottles on 02-22-2010 at 06:00 PM
    I've re-used Corona bottles before with success. (Success = cap stays on and it carbonates.)
    Regular caps fit, but I usually have a higher screw-up rate of bent capsThis is an interesting
    thread. It's...

  • Posted in thread: Need help: Ginger beer won't ferment on 02-19-2010 at 03:47 AM
    You could try giving your bucket a gentle rocking, that might arouse some yeast. You should
    also give that 2nd packet of yeast some more time. perhaps your first Notty pack was expired or