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  • Relative newbie.rn1st batch brewed 12/26/11(Christmas present)rnI can sense a new obsessive hobby...........
  • Scouting,hiking,camping,music
  • Veterinarian
  • same
  • eclectic- jazz,folk,some pop, classical, singer-songwriter
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • currently BBT
  • varied interests
  • too many to list
  • Have been thinking about brewing since I found a Hop vine at an old abandoned homestead 3 years ago, and transplanted it home. It grows up the side of my house.rnMy wife finally took the hint and got me a 'Truebrew' kit for Christmas 2011. 1st brew was an 'Oktoberfest' on 12/26. Surprised me by being quite tasty.
  • Upcoming in next month:rn1. Irish Redrn2.'Kitchen Sink' Stoutrnthen prior to summer, a cream ale, and a 'Blue Moon' clone. Probably will want to do a porter or brown ale as well.rnThen Fall will be an Alt, back to back with 'Ben's Double Alt', followed by another Oktoberfest and maybe a bock.rnFall
  • nothing at this point
  • Cascadian Dark Lager thats been lagering for a month now. Probably bottle in another 2 weeks.
  • Since 9/12:rn'Ben's Double Alt'rnCiderrn'Loghouse Honey Porter'rn'Novemberfest'rn'New Years Special Bitter'
  • none
  • Male
  • Married
  • Ellsworth
  • Maine


  • Posted in thread: Ginger Beer Questions on 04-13-2014 at 12:39 AM
    Welcome to the mad group!1. You've probably read in other posts that bubbles mean nothing. True
    dat. When you get your hydrometer take a reading, repeat it in 2 days. If the readings are the
    same, it'...

  • Posted in thread: Whats your Profession? on 04-11-2014 at 11:56 PM

  • Posted in thread: Need help improvising on 04-11-2014 at 04:32 PM
    My third batch ever, back in the 'hey let's try something and see what happens' phase that most
    everyone seems to go through at some point, I used maple syrup to carbonate a Honey Ginger
    Wheat. It car...

  • Posted in thread: Cooling question Worm? on 04-11-2014 at 03:12 PM
    Interestingly enough, just before I logged on to this site today, I took a look at the 'Beer
    and Wine Journal' blog. Chris Colby posted an article about using and cleaning CFCs.

  • Posted in thread: Slow conditioning? Temperature problem? on 04-10-2014 at 08:11 PM
    OP: Also 1.084>1.009 means you have a pretty high alcohol brew there and they usually take abit
    longer to carb up. If it were mine, I'd try to warm her up to 70-75, invert to resuspend the
    yeast, and ...

  • Posted in thread: Cooling question Worm? on 04-10-2014 at 08:04 PM
    You would be circulating the hot wort through the piping, correct? I don't see why it wouldn't
    work, although because of the heat transfer you might have to change the ice water at some
    point. The onl...

  • Posted in thread: Oxidation on 04-10-2014 at 01:48 PM
    Hotside aeration problems are one of those old myths that die hard. You don't have to worry.

  • Posted in thread: metallic smell on 04-09-2014 at 03:37 PM
    Hmm. No clue then. But hopefully the bottle conditioning will remove it. Good luck!

  • Posted in thread: First Lager - Oily Slick Mouth Feel on 04-09-2014 at 03:33 PM
    You don't need a stirplate to make a good starter. Stirplates do help to increase the yeast
    numbers, but aren't critical. Just keep it warm and give it a swirl every time you walk by.Let
    us know how t...

  • Posted in thread: You know you're a home brewer when? on 04-09-2014 at 03:30 PM
    ... you spend more time on this forum than your wife does on Facebook.

Primary:Caribou slobber Cold Conditioning: Bottle conditioning:Jim's Altbier,Mocha Cherry Stout,Das Terminator(dopplebock) Drinking: La Fin de L'Annee, Soxtoberfest, Pere Noel,Opening Day Vienna Lager, Ben's Doublealt, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf,Loghouse Honey Porter, several others