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  • Bangor Homebrewers
  • 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.
  • It's amazing to look back on my original post. Still brewing some of the original beers I started with in my 1st year. Have expanded a bit though. rnCounted this afternoon; I have 20 different varieties either in the process or ready to drink.
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  • Posted in thread: First Graff on 02-18-2017 at 03:08 AM
    It gets even better with more time

  • Posted in thread: A little gas leaking through the bottle caps... on 02-16-2017 at 01:19 AM
    I bottle, and I always twist the bottle 90 and then re-clamp. Don't know if I need to do this,
    but I've never had a leak.Same here. I've broken a few bottle necks, but maybe that means I'm
    related to...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2017? on 02-15-2017 at 02:49 AM
    1892.1+ 6 G Loghouse Honey Porter= 1898.1

  • Posted in thread: Starting from Cider vs Juice on 02-14-2017 at 02:41 AM
    Hey Mark- you entering any of that cider in NHC?

  • Posted in thread: Starting from Cider vs Juice on 02-14-2017 at 02:40 AM
    Following up, could I add something to replicate the cider flavor?I suppose you could pulp some
    apples and add that, but it's still a poor 2nd choice. I'm actually surprised you haven't
    gotten other o...

  • Posted in thread: Starting from Cider vs Juice on 02-13-2017 at 02:23 AM
    I'll jump in, although I expect there will be many differing opinions:To me, using real cider
    is the way to go, which means for me I have a window of about 4 weeks to get my cider in the
    Fall. Apple j...

  • Posted in thread: Mr Beer Oktoberfest on 02-13-2017 at 02:06 AM
    I'm a little worried about your description of a 'little vinegary' taste. That would be a
    bacterial or perhaps wild yeast contamination, and would be unusual for a 1st time, if you used
    normal sanitiz...

  • Posted in thread: New to all grain - which grains should I buy? on 02-13-2017 at 01:50 AM
    I'm going to recommend going in a slightly different direction:1. Plan your recipes on a
    on-line recipe creator (or choose a tried and true recipe).2. Get your base grains from your
    LHBS and have them...

  • Posted in thread: So who's brewing this weekend? on 02-13-2017 at 01:23 AM
    MegaBlizzard of 2017 has just started in Maine (8pm Sunday), and is predicted to continue all
    day tomorrow with accumulations of up to 2 feet. EVERYTHING has already cancelled for tomorrow,
    so what do...

  • Posted in thread: For Bock's sake on 02-12-2017 at 12:01 AM
    My advice is (unless you are pressed for time) to give the decoction a go - the beer may or may
    not be better (I think it is...but I might be biased) but the process is easy and fun. It takes
    a LONG t...

Primary: Loghouse Honey Porter, Valentine's Irish Red Cold Conditioning: Batch87 Bock, December Marzen, Bottle conditioning: Vienna lager, Nova Scotia PA, Ben's DoubleAlt Drinking: Jim's Altbier, October Kolsch, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, RIS, Redrum Rye, PBR 4.0, Clarence Stout, Jamaica Mon Ginger beer, Fruit/Moon series, several others