Gift Premium Subscription To JimRausch

Join Date:


Last Activity:

11-23-2015 2:48 AM


58 years old

Likes Given: 167

178 Likes on 156 Posts 


  • 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: Pasteurization? on 11-25-2015 at 01:50 AM
    Properly done, pasteurization will kill any yeast hanging around. But if I'm reading you
    correctly, I would not pasteurize before bottling.For one thing, pasteurization temps. will
    drive off some of t...

  • Posted in thread: Primary Fermenter foam-bombed... is it ruined? on 11-23-2015 at 02:03 AM
    On the other hand, you just named this batch: Foam Bomb :D

  • Posted in thread: Still actively fermenting? on 11-23-2015 at 01:58 AM
    Interesting. I would have thought that the temperature drop would have slowed the yeast. But
    then the yeast ferment on their own schedule, not ours. It's actually a good idea to start at a
    lower temp,...

  • Posted in thread: Truebrew Nut Brown- Forgot to add Brown Sugar? on 11-23-2015 at 01:42 AM
    Adding sugar after a day or two, or maybe even 3 is somewhat common especially in Belgians, but
    after a week, your fermentation is probably about finished. You could boil it up in a little
    water and a...

  • Posted in thread: 8 gallon kettle, worth it? on 11-23-2015 at 01:28 AM
    I'm another with a 7.5G turkey fryer setup, doing fullboils for 5.5G batches. I actually start
    with about 7G in the BK, boiling down to 6G, and manage to do it without a boilover. Repeat
    after me- Fer...

  • Posted in thread: Using Gelatin on 11-23-2015 at 01:07 AM
    Nice pictorial Gavin!

  • Posted in thread: Apparantly I'm a beginner again - how do I mash? on 11-23-2015 at 12:01 AM
    wow- only 1.010 after 60 minutes? I'm thinking that either you thermometer is way off on the
    low side(like 20* off) or the 7 year old grain has lost all it's enzymatic ability. Or maybe,
    hopefully, yo...

  • Posted in thread: Cider makers, what do you want for Christmas? on 11-22-2015 at 12:21 AM
    A cider press. There's hundreds of trees with millions of apples just going to waste.......At
    $5-$6 per gallon of fresh cider, I limit myself to making 1 batch per year.

  • Posted in thread: What do I fill my bubbler with? on 11-22-2015 at 12:05 AM
    Yep- Fruit flies, also known as vinegar flies. Carry acetobacter that will turn your precious
    to vinegar. Keep them away! I've found cheap tequila in a shot glass attracts them and they die

  • Posted in thread: Champagne Style Cider on 11-21-2015 at 11:52 PM
    3 Years past, a straight cider(5G fresh cider +2 lb honey) bottled with two cans of frozen
    apple juice concentrate. Result= a highly carbonated, bone dry cider. Very much like a dry
    champagne. It took...

Primary: Sammy Lager Cold Conditioning: Gunslinger Cranberry Graf Bottle conditioning: Ben's DoubleAlt, Labor Day Alt Drinking: Ryecentennial PA,Memorial slobber,Memorial moon,Loghouse Honey Porter, February IR,Batch 50 Bock,December Marzen,Black Friday Vienna,Ben's Doublealt, several others

Newest Threads