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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: Effective life of sanitized water on 02-12-2015 at 06:28 PM
    I found a bucket that had been mixed months prior but got lost in the shuffle for a while. I
    tested with a digital ph meter, it was still 3.3 if my memory serves me right. That was when I
    stopped mixi...

  • Posted in thread: What do i have? on 11-06-2014 at 03:47 AM
    You can probably slap an airlock on that puppy and let it ride. There's not much point in doing
    anything else now. The wild yeast in there probably outnumber any yeast you will pitch. Send us
    tasting ...

  • Posted in thread: First cider help on 11-06-2014 at 03:36 AM
    We made out first cider, apple from the yard that we juiced. We pitched champagne yeast. In 1.5
    weeks, it hit 1.000. So we cold crashed it. Before cold crashing, it tasted great but after two
    weeks cr...

  • 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 02:27 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 02:23 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 02:23 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...