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  • I brewed 9 batches of extract with steeped grain and made several great beers. I then realized I could fit 12 lbs of grain into my 6 gallon pot; and jumped head-first into all grain as BIAB. I've now graduated to a kettle screen / bazooka screen and am rockin some all grain brews.

    My favorite thing about homebrewing: Crafting my own unique recipe and reaping the benefits. A beer after work tastes so much better when it's a fresh homebrew!

    My favorite style is Belgian, so I brew alot of Hefe's, tripels, etc. I am not a huge hop fan but certain hops appeal to me so I've brewed things like Noble Hop pale ales, and a hopped up kolsch but also fell for the big IPA appeal and brewed a 70 IBU Belgian IPA that was fantastic (Warrior and Willamete hops play well together in that one).

    My goal for 2012 is to brew 8 batches before my child is born in June. It's April right now and I'm brewing batch 5 tomorrow.
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  • Brewed the first 2 batches as straight extract, then discovered steeping fresh grain added a level of flavor I was looking for and brewed another 8 beers with steeping grains. I was hesitant to buy a ton of equipment for an all grain set up and a little squemish about the process until I stumbled across Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB). I've completed several brews on this method and am slowly adding equipment at about $100 / year. I recently bought a bazooka screen and will be brewing my first beer without the bag tomorrow. Mash tun is my old kettle replaced by a big 10 gall kettle that I love.
  • People often ask "What's your favorite beer?" and I honestly give them the answer "I like them all." To me it depends on what I'm in the mood for.
    I'm in Houston, Tx and it's friggin hot here 10 months out of the year and "crisp" the other 2. I love belgian beers but crave hoppy pale ales and IPAs in the summer heat.
  • Noble Hop Pale Ale
  • Imperial Saison
  • "Jude's Big Hefeweizen"
    "Dog of the Rapture" IPA
    "New Trick" Pale Ale
    "Sweet Cheeks" Blonde Ale
    "The Inklings" Porter
    "Hopgasm" IPA
    "Noble Hound" Pale Ale
    "Paddington Station" Pale Ale
    "Bad Ass" Porter
    "Warrior" Brown Ale
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  • Posted in thread: Coming up with a recipe on 01-09-2015 at 02:45 PM
    Search for Orfy's Mild Mannered Ale. It's a dark mildly and very good. I also second the above
    post about Northern Brewer's online recipes. I use them (often with my own tweaks) all the

  • Posted in thread: Yeast Washing Illustrated on 11-12-2014 at 11:35 AM
    I just wanted to share my success at yeast washing. The kolsch yeast (Wyeast 2565) that I
    harvested from a yeastcake & washed on a whim 3 months ago went nuts in the starter and spilled
    down the side ...

  • Posted in thread: Pitching Wyeast 2565 on 10-10-2014 at 05:29 AM
    Wyeast 2565 is a great yeast. I typicay let it ferment all the way out to FG and then go
    straight to bottling. There is no reason why you could not or should not extend time in the
    secondary for this ...

  • Posted in thread: Favorite malt for single malt batches? on 08-30-2014 at 03:53 PM
    I just did a kolsch smash with a kolsch malt from AHS. It seemed slightly breadier than pils
    malt to me. I think of pils malts as being cracker-like. Hopped with Tradition and it came out
    nice althoug...

  • Posted in thread: Wyeast 1007 on 07-27-2014 at 11:47 PM
    Did you pitch a starter? What was your mash temp? Your fermentation temps seem ok for the style
    and yeast. I used Wyeast 1007 in an alt use two months ago and was impressed by how clean it
    was. Also, ...

  • Posted in thread: brewing waste - hops, yeast, grain, water... on 07-27-2014 at 12:37 AM
    I compost the grains and hops. I just started washing my yeast. I run the water from my CFC
    into flower beds and the new trees in our front yard. I usually wash kettles, equipment and
    carboys in the b...

  • Posted in thread: Mash Tun Drain Problems on 07-25-2014 at 02:06 PM
    Spend $12 and buy a bazooka tube. I've never had a stuck sparge with mine and they are sturdy
    enough to support a lot of grain. Last weekend I made a rye kolsch with 20% rye and had no
    issues; and I c...

  • Posted in thread: Karbach Barn Burner Saison Clone on 03-29-2014 at 09:04 PM
    Barn burner turned me back onto saisons. I stayed away from them after I made one that came out
    WAY too spicy and with an alcoholic burn (fermented too hot) and tried another saison (one of
    the Icons ...

  • Posted in thread: What I did for beer today on 03-08-2014 at 04:44 AM
    Brewed a North German Alt all grain in 4 hours (a new personal record), hit 72% efficiency, and
    polished off a keg of hefe with the wife as I brewed. Good day all around. ;)Sent from my
    iPhone using H...

  • Posted in thread: Bazooka screen as false bottom? on 01-31-2014 at 03:09 PM
    I use a bazooka screen when mashing in a 5gal stainless kettle without any problems. A good
    vorlauf is part of my routine. I've made several great beers with this method. Adding a grain
    bag does help ...

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