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  • Outdoor recreation,mostly. Beer,of course. BBQ. Hockey. Running. Woodworking...
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  • I started brewing about a month before I turned 21, by way of a homebrew club at the tavern I worked in while at college. It was good to start with mentors, but for well over 10 years I didn't bother to learn anything new. I just kept making what I liked and doing what worked.

    A few years ago, I commited to trying to make my beer better, and to see what's new in the brewing world. To my astonishment, the body of knowledge available to homebrewers had exploded. Brewers with 1-2 years under their belt were far more knowledgeable and advanced than I ever was.

    Lately I've been making big batches of cider, after building and refining an apple press. I've been doing about 5 batches of beer per year, on average. I've moved into AG and am slowly working out the kinks. I've also got a few hops plants out in the garden.
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  • Posted in thread: backsweeten question on 07-10-2013 at 04:30 PM
    Yes It was .990 before then I added a cup and a half of sugar and have veen monitoring it
    closely. I tried it again the other day and it was right around 1.02 and its been ten days
    since I put tree th...

  • Posted in thread: First Hard Cider; Too Dry. Backsweeten and Keg with Carbonation? on 07-10-2013 at 04:26 PM
    Sorry, my last post was mostly from reading your first post, not the latest.What is it about
    the taste of the sweetened version that you dislike?Did you use ale yeast? How's it coming?

  • Posted in thread: First Hard Cider; Too Dry. Backsweeten and Keg with Carbonation? on 07-10-2013 at 04:23 PM
    I don't recommend doing what I did... this tastes horrible. I'm trying a new batch on Monday
    with no added sugar and an ale yeast instead of champagne.Sorry to hear you're not getting the
    results you'...

  • Posted in thread: cider press on 05-25-2013 at 01:27 AM
    Has anybody made a homemade apple crusher?If so could you post pics I'm trying to make 1 but
    don't no what to make blades from.Thanks for any help givenI've built a couple, but after see
    in the link a...

  • Posted in thread: Polar Bear Brew Club on 12-12-2012 at 01:27 AM
    Extra credit if you get your wife involved?I think a pair of shoes would also be acceptable.

  • Posted in thread: What I did for beer today on 12-12-2012 at 01:23 AM
    Does anyone read more than the last four posts?Secondary IPA on 3.5 ozs of Crystal
    hops.Secondary Pale Ale on 2 ozs of Glacier and 2 ozs of SterlingI often read a couple pages
    myself. But damn its a l...

  • Posted in thread: What I did for beer today on 12-12-2012 at 01:23 AM
    Dumped 5 Gallons of liquid Band-Aids down the shower drainAccidentally dry hopped The wrong
    beer, putting 2 ounces of Centennial into a Belgian pale ale (and left them there)Dry hopped
    the intended be...

  • Posted in thread: Tricks of the trade on 10-15-2012 at 12:58 AM
    My advice is to start simple. There are an incredible number of different ways to make cider.
    Think about how you want your cider to be...still or sparkling, dry or sweet, spiced or
    not...those are st...

  • Posted in thread: Fruit beer secondary: cold vs. warm on 08-11-2012 at 03:09 AM
    If it's in the fridge, it's not a secondary fermentation, as your yeast won't ferment anything
    at 35F. I would pasteurize or do it Amanda's way.Good point. It's so obvious that I completely

  • Posted in thread: Opening bottles warm on 08-09-2012 at 02:24 AM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that the priming sugar would be eaten up completely to
    carbonate. Leaving them longer shouldn't create more CO2. :confused:You're right. The prime
    culprit here i...