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  • I've been brewing for a few years and am always seeking to try new things and perfect what I know. I enjoy making beer and like when my family and friends enjoy it too. I'm in the Milwaukee, WI area.
  • Brewing beer (duh) and
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  • My neighbor up north started brewing a few years ago. He got really good at it and has then launched his own nano brewery. I don't aspire to do anything that adventurous, but enjoy brewing for myself and sharing with friends. I dove in with both feet, starting with two fermenters and an immersion chiller as well as all the fixins. The same neighbor helped my get my keezer set up to have a two tapper system which I converted to corny kegs right away when i started brewing... Like I said I jumped in with both feet. rnrnI now have 5 fermenters and have added a third tapper to my keezer as it will fit 3 cornies.rnrnI've just recently moved into all grain and am starting to build my ebrewery so i can move everything indoors.
  • Eventually I want to do a number of stouts and get a nitrogen set up.
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  • Posted in thread: using cocoa nibs and vanilla beans on 10-02-2014 at 12:04 AM
    On brew day I put my cocoa nibs in a small jar and add just enough vodka to cover them, then
    screw on the lid. I take the vanilla beans and slice them in half lengthwise. Then scrape out
    the seed goop...

  • Posted in thread: cleaning film off bottom of bottles on 10-01-2014 at 11:40 PM
    Hot water and oxy overnight... Then hit with one of these bottle jets.... Never had a problem.
    Going forward the best thing you can do is give bottles a quick rinse when you empty them.

  • Posted in thread: bourbon barral aged imperial stout recipe input on 09-29-2014 at 11:09 PM
    I've already got 2 pounds of flakes oats. I've used the chocolate and carafe in a chocolate
    stout where I used nibs. I know they are a bit lighter in taste so I added a pound of roasted
    barley instead...

  • Posted in thread: bourbon barral aged imperial stout recipe input on 09-28-2014 at 06:28 PM
    Thanks... A actually ditched the crystal all together and went Munich malt instead. I've used
    cluster before in a few stouts and am ok with them. Good point about first use barrel... I'll
    taste along ...

  • Posted in thread: bourbon barral aged imperial stout recipe input on 09-26-2014 at 02:25 PM
    Ok, So I bought a used 5 gallon bourbon barrel and plan to brew this recipe for a big imperial
    stout that I plan to age for 9 months to a year in the barrel. my target was to be close to
    12%abv and ha...

  • Posted in thread: Frozen fermenter on 06-20-2014 at 08:32 PM
    I use my temp controlled chest freezer fermenter to cold crash after fermentation is done. I
    made a 6.8abv brown ale and in the midst of taking another fermenter out so I could cold crash,
    didn't see ...

  • Posted in thread: Band aid smell is back - infection or overheating? on 06-12-2014 at 02:09 AM
    I had the same thing... It was weird cause it was only certain yeasts... Hefe yeast in
    particular. After several batches, changing one component at a time, I narrowed it my tap
    water. Made sure to use...

  • Posted in thread: crazy fermentation on 06-12-2014 at 02:01 AM
    Answers... No, minimal, and yes. You'll be fine. That strong of a fermentation created 100% CO2
    environment inside your fermenter. Clean up the mess and keep your fermenter closed and all is
    well. Hap...

  • Posted in thread: HomeBrewTalk 2014 Big Giveaway on 02-25-2014 at 11:34 PM
    Please count me in.

  • Posted in thread: First homebrew contest. on 02-23-2014 at 05:24 PM
    Thanks for helping to clarify. I am pretty happy with the stout. It was my 2nd time making a
    stout and was the first time I have ever made a milk stout and first time working with cocoa
    nibs and vanil...