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  • Continuing my journey with all grain brewing. Have a 10 gallon gas fired HERMS system.
  • Music (banjo,harmonica,vocals) Hiking,fly fishing and other outdoor things. Film photography. Riding my Harley
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Mike Fraley
  • Bluegrass and folk
  • Began with extract brewing back in 1995. After a few years of that, slowed way down due to work commitments. Moved to Maine in 2007, and started back up. After only a couple of extract batches, jumped into all grain brewing. Have continued to learn, and develop my own beers. I am currently brewing only my own designs. Growing hops in backyard. Recently got a 2-tap kegorator, and started kegging. A couple of years ago, I moved up to a 10 gallon batch gas- fired HERMS system. In April, 2015, I moved to Bennington, VT, ad a good buddy and I are continuing this brewing adventure.
  • Classic American Pilsner, Cerveza, American Barleywine
  • "Bobby Burns" Wee Heavy Scotch Ale x 5 gallons. , rn"Sunny Afternoon" American Pale Ale x 10 gallons.
  • None.
  • "Good Ol' Slugger" Kentucky Common Ale x 5 gal.
  • Cherry Wheat ale., rn"Good Ol' Slugger" Kentucky Common Ale x 5 gal.
  • Male
  • Married
  • Bennington
  • VT


  • Posted in thread: Removing stitches DIY on 02-05-2016 at 04:06 AM
    Don't they dissolve these days?Some do... Some don't. :mug:Mike

  • Posted in thread: First Extract brew, Did I screw up? on 02-05-2016 at 03:51 AM
    So how about saying it in a way which doesn't require you to say, "no offense". We all make
    mistakes.I only meant to point out the mistake, so the OP wouldn't get confused. The "no
    offense" was added ...

  • Posted in thread: First Extract brew, Did I screw up? on 02-05-2016 at 03:48 AM
    You're right, my bust for responding in middle of a work day! OP I got flipped around. Ale
    yeast ferment on top (hence the Krausen on top) and once Krausen drops, the yeast steadily fall
    out of suspen...

  • Posted in thread: Can't wait to see how this turns out! on 02-05-2016 at 12:19 AM
    all I can think about is how much it smells identical to horse sweet feed, which smells nice,
    As a former horse owner, I have to say that sounds awesome! I cannot wait to hear how this
    turns out! Cong...

  • Posted in thread: First Extract brew, Did I screw up? on 02-04-2016 at 11:48 PM
    Keep in mind typically ale yeasts bottom ferment meaning they form their cake on bottom while
    lager yeasts ferment on top and thus form the cake on top. I guess you meant krausen
    here?Ummm... No. Ale ...

  • Posted in thread: I Stuck My Whole Arm in the Fermenter ... on 02-04-2016 at 11:32 PM
    I have done this with, at least, 3 beers. I have not yet had an issue. That is not to say, I
    won't, ever. But I'd relax, and see how the beer turns out, if it were me. :)Mike

  • Posted in thread: The best bottles for bottling. on 02-04-2016 at 11:19 PM
    One of my favorite are the old fashioned bottles that "Switchback" (in Vermont) uses. I also
    like the ones that Sierra Nevada uses.

  • Posted in thread: Horrible off flavor. on 02-04-2016 at 11:11 PM
    Since we started using the local spring water, all beers have been great! It seems to favor
    dark brews. Our recent Sweet oatmeal stout was incredible! We are going to check out the other
    local spring....

  • Posted in thread: WYeast 1272 recipe needed urgently on 02-04-2016 at 05:18 AM
    If it were me, I'd make a starter from it. That would give you plenty of time to formulate a
    good recipe for it, and then use it. If you make 20 gallon batches, a starter is a good idea

  • Posted in thread: Propane question(s) on 01-18-2016 at 02:41 PM
    My experience have shown that most trolls have fun. Cheers!:D

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