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  • I sense a new obsessive hobby...........
  • Scouting,hiking,camping,music
  • Veterinarian
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  • eclectic- jazz,folk,some pop, classical, singer-songwriter
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • currently BBT
  • varied interests
  • 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: Winter brew? Ideas please!! on 10-22-2016 at 12:38 AM
    How do you lager your winter beers without temp control?I'm in Maine where the winter temps are
    regularly subfreezing(and sometimes subzero). I place the carboys in swamp coolers filled with
    water out...

  • Posted in thread: Bent Shoe Brewing: From Broken Backs To Broken Wallets on 10-18-2016 at 01:45 AM
    Good Luck!

  • Posted in thread: Another 'Starting A Brewery' Thread? on 10-17-2016 at 12:52 AM
    How about: Bent Shoe: Back Break? I'm a mixed animal vet that's works on just enough horse
    hooves to wonder how you guys work for more than a year or 2 and are still able to stand
    straight and uprig...

  • Posted in thread: Another 'Starting A Brewery' Thread? on 10-17-2016 at 12:04 AM
    Or, since you're a farrier, how about "From Homemade Shoe to Bent Shoe"

  • Posted in thread: First apple hard cider need help on 10-16-2016 at 09:39 PM
    I 2nd Dave- don't add sugar, unless you want rocket fuel. Fresh cider should come in at
    1.045-1.050, and ferment dry, giving you a 5%ish, tasty beverage.

  • Posted in thread: Another 'Starting A Brewery' Thread? on 10-16-2016 at 09:35 PM
    Personally, I live vicariously through other people living the dream. Even if it seems wicked
    hard. Post-on, I say. How about " From Homeshoe to Bent Shoe, a journey"

  • Posted in thread: Winter brew? Ideas please!! on 10-16-2016 at 09:21 PM
    I brew via the seasons, as I rely on swamp coolers and environmental temperatures to maintain
    consistent temps. So, here's my seasonal brewing routine: Fall- Ciders, Grafs, Altbiers.
    Winter- lagers (V...

  • Posted in thread: Hop Combinations and Suggestions on 10-16-2016 at 09:00 PM
    Centennial/Cascade is my favorite combo, and I believe I'm not the only one.............But, my
    god, I look at your lineup, and have a happy coma, a happy hoppy coma. It must be nice to be
    you. :D

  • Posted in thread: First all-grain batch (whew) on 10-13-2016 at 07:57 PM
    Shawn- here's a handy tip that will help you decide if you need to add some DME during boil (or
    boil longer than usual).Take your SG measurement of the combined runnings in points (in your
    case =32). ...

  • Posted in thread: Intro and request for wisdom on 10-13-2016 at 07:39 PM
    meridian says it perfectly- I wouldn't change a word. Must be a wicked wise brewer! ;) :mug:

Primary: October Kolsch Cold Conditioning: Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, 1G straight cider Bottle conditioning: Redrum Rye Ale, Grapefruit Moon, Maine Moon, Apricot Moon,1G RIS, Peach wine, Dandelion wine Drinking: PBR 4.0, Clarence Stout, German Pilsner 'Wannabe', Jamaica Mon Ginger beer, Fruit/Moon series, Moose Maple Slobber, Batch 64 Bock, several others