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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: Orange Peel in Primary? on 07-24-2014 at 03:51 PM
    With the 'Orange Moon' in my signature which is from Wayne/Nilo's BM clone thread, I thought
    there was not enough orange flavor. So, at bottling time I added another 1/2 tsp coriander and
    1/2 tsp. ora...

  • Posted in thread: Time to bottle carb a big beer? on 07-24-2014 at 03:11 PM
    Another possibility might be incomplete mixing of priming solution. A cautionary tale: I did a
    very tasty Ryecentennial PA, and at bottling time I filtered the siphon through a BIAB bag
    because I want...

  • Posted in thread: clarify the beer using gelatin on 07-17-2014 at 08:52 PM
    Agreed-it works. I've used cold crashing, following by gelatin on pretty much every batch I've
    done in the past 2+ years. I bottle and have never had an issue with a batch not carbonating.
    If you have...

  • Posted in thread: Serving temperature on 07-17-2014 at 07:59 PM
    I agree with the thought of "Drink your beer at whatever temp. you prefer it". For me, as a
    broad general rule, if it's light colored I like it cold, but darker brews I prefer a little

  • Posted in thread: How does everyone plan their brew schedule? on 07-17-2014 at 07:25 PM
    Only 2 1/2 years into this obsession, and I haven't brewed every variety that I want to try
    yet, but I have developed something of a routine:Fall- Porter and Browns. Cider when fresh
    squeezed becomes ...

  • Posted in thread: FirstBrew: RIS low SG @8 days What Next? on 07-17-2014 at 03:55 PM
    Was this an AG recipe that you added the extra DME to, or an extract recipe with the
    addition?The difference is that if it's extract (plus steeping grains), and you added the
    correct amount of water, ...

  • Posted in thread: Starting out kits on 07-16-2014 at 04:02 PM
    Welcome to the Forum, and to your next obsession.rtstiler's suggestions are great, but if
    you're looking for shipment to the UK, costs might be prohibitive. So, use those sites to make
    a list, then if...

  • Posted in thread: My first Oktoberfest! on 07-16-2014 at 03:48 PM
    You've already got this one going, but for future reference an easy way to make a large starter
    is to ferment a batch of a lower gravity beer in the style family and use that yeast cake for
    the bigger...

  • Posted in thread: Irrational Fear of Crystal Malt on 07-16-2014 at 03:07 PM
    There are some who don't care for the flavor profiles that the 'higher crystals' will give. If
    you are one, then perhaps use C40, or C20. Definitely keep it at 10% or below and the
    contributions will ...

  • Posted in thread: Quick question about overflow from bottles. on 07-15-2014 at 03:40 PM
    Three thoughts:1. How long did you wait after adding the raspberries until you bottled? It's
    possible that the extra sugar from the raspberries didn't fully ferment out until they were
    bottled.2. Ther...

Primaryn summer hiatus Cold Conditioning:nothing Bottle conditioning:Apricot Moon, Drinking: Orange Moon, Ryecentennial PA,Caribou Slobber,Jim's Altbier,Mocha Cherry Stout,Pope Gil's Red Shoes(Irish Red),La Fin de L'Annee, Soxtoberfest, Pere Noel,Opening Day Vienna Lager, Ben's Doublealt, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, several others