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  • I brewed 9 batches of extract with steeped grain and made several good beers. Then I realized 12 lbs of grain would fit into my 6 gallon pot and jumped head-first into all grain as BIAB. I currently use that 6 gal pot as a mash tune (with bazooka screen) and am rockin some all grain brews.rnrnMy 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!rnrnI don't really have a favorite style and tend to brew what I am in the mood for. Generally, that means dark and roasty in the winter and light and hoppy through the summer.rnrnI made a great stout last winter using some Brown Malt for a deep roasty flavor, then brewed a very good Belgian similar to Rare Vos. I am playing with a Kolsch recipe using honey malt that has been a success. My latest was a rye IPA using Centennial and Cascade hops - that recipe quickly became a house recipe.rnrnMy goal for 2015 is to brew 8 batches.
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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. rnI'm in Houston, Tx and it's friggin hot here 10 months out of the year and "cool" the other 2. I love belgian beers but crave hoppy pale ales and IPAs in the summer heat.
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  • Posted in thread: Propane Burner Cleaning on 10-07-2015 at 06:25 PM
    After 2 years of brewing (about 15 batches) on a cheap $40 burner, I noticed the same problem.
    Rust and debris will clog the orifice beneath the disk that send gas to the fire. I used the
    brush attach...

  • Posted in thread: Common Room ESB on 08-24-2015 at 01:31 PM
    This is a great recipe. My goal was an ESB / Mild with a big floral aroma and this delivered. I
    swapped 0.25 lb of medium crystal for some biscuit malt and really enjoyed the results. My mash
    temp was...

  • Posted in thread: Sour Mash odor behind your house? on 03-04-2015 at 04:33 PM
    I agree that spreading it out thin will help the spent grain dry faster, equating to less funk.
    Try covering each layer with soil or mulch. Microbes in the soil will break down the sugars
    faster befor...

  • Posted in thread: Ommegang Rare Vos - recipe needed on 03-04-2015 at 03:40 PM
    I brewed the original recipe in November, let it ferment and age in primary until March. I ust
    tapped the keg last night (March 3) and really enjoyed it. I wouldn't call it a rare vos clone,
    but it is...

  • 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 04:29 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 02:53 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 10:47 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 07-26-2014 at 11:37 PM
    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...

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