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01-17-2012

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04-27-2015 2:57 PM

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58 years old

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    ABOUT ME

  • 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

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  • Posted in thread: Just bottled an IPA that was in fermentor for 2.5 years on 04-27-2015 at 06:46 PM
    If autolysis occurred, wouldn't it have an awful smell? I just looked at John Palmer's "How to
    Brew" book and it said that if it happens, you will know it right away from the smell.Who
    knows, maybe th...

  • Posted in thread: Infected German Alt? on 04-27-2015 at 06:01 PM
    That's a beautiful looking, clear sample! Looking like that with the SG you have, I'll bet
    she's finished. Take another SG in a day or two and if they agree, go ahead and bottle. :mug:

  • Posted in thread: Style that you can not brew on 04-27-2015 at 02:34 AM
    For some reason, Stouts. I have a kick-ass Porter that turns out great consistently, but after
    1 OK, and 2 so-bad-I-dumped-them Stouts, I've given up. Luckily, I only really like Stouts
    during the mon...

  • Posted in thread: Infected German Alt? on 04-27-2015 at 01:41 AM
    I agree, doesn't look infected, so I think you're OK there. Get a SG as soon as you can. Don't
    want to be a Debbie Downer, but a couple of observations. 1. I hope you rinsed that bleach
    really excepti...

  • Posted in thread: Any cons to this fermentor? on 04-23-2015 at 11:24 PM
    Other than it's glass? And looks kind of tippy?Can you find a stopper and airlock that
    fits?Other than that, if it's free, go ahead and use it.Don't know if I'd spend $ though.

  • Posted in thread: Need advice for approachable beer on 04-16-2015 at 02:10 AM
    Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde would make a great choice. Another one easily accessible for
    the general public is Wayne/Nilo's Blue Moon clone. It always goes over great with my BMC
    drinking family, ...

  • Posted in thread: Forgot to add Candi Sugar, need advice on 04-13-2015 at 12:48 AM
    With Big Belgians it's often fairly standard to add the sugar after 2-3 days. Gets the yeast
    working on the more complex malt sugars before they gobble the easy dextrose and sucrose. So,
    for your sais...

  • Posted in thread: Frementing/LAgering a Bock on 04-12-2015 at 02:00 AM
    I just started drinking a Bock that I brewed back on 12/27/14. Fermented at 45-50 for 1 week,
    then warmed her up to 65 for the 2nd week for a D-rest. Wasn't ready to rack it yet, so kept
    her at 60 for...

  • Posted in thread: Debate over Tap Water on 04-12-2015 at 12:52 AM
    Tyco- you're right. Your buddy's crazy. So now you'll have to take everything he says under
    advisement. :mug:

  • Posted in thread: First Brew on 04-12-2015 at 12:24 AM
    Welcome Jay.1st brew a Tripel- ambitious. Hope she turns out as well as you expect! :mug:

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Primary: nada Cold Conditioning: nada Bottle conditioning: Loghouse Honey Porter,February IR Drinking: Batch 50 Bock,December Marzen,Black Friday Vienna,Winter Solstice Moon,Ben's Doublealt,Jim's Altbier, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, Waldo Lake Amber,Apricot moon, La Fin de L'Annee, Das Terminator Dopplebock, several others
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