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  • I've been wanting to try for years, but finally got a kit for xmas 2010. Then I just went nuts for a few weeks buying equipment and building contraptions.

    For main equipment, I current use:
    Midwest Brewing Starter Kit, 6-gal BB (secondary), 2@5-gal PET water bottle (for starsan & RO water), 2@5-gallon HD bev coolers; one is MLT, other is HLT, 30 qt turkey fryer+stand I picked up on Craigslist for $25, DIY 50'x3/8" Copper Immersion Chiller, DIY PVC "Hop Spider", DIY Stirplate, and a few other gadgets and gizmos...
  • Rye IPA, Common Room ESB, 70 Shilling, Irish Red...the list goes on and on.
  • Nut Brown Ale
  • air.
  • Deception Cream Stout...for St Pat's!
    Hank's Hefeweizen...now known as "Block-rockin' Wheats"
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  • Posted in thread: Thyme garden- any good? on 03-28-2011 at 11:29 PM
    Just an update...I ordered on 3/3 and received my Cascade, Chinook, and Fuggle today, 3/28. The
    rhizomes appear to be healthy with slight moisture in the ziplock bags.The Chinook and Fuggle
    rhizomes a...

  • Posted in thread: How long is starsan good once mixed? on 03-18-2011 at 01:31 PM
    As long as the Ph is about 3.0, it's still good. I've heard people pitch it when it gets
    cloudy, but mine was cloudy when I first made it. I got some cheap test strips and now I just
    check the acidity...

  • Posted in thread: When to plant around Kansas City on 03-15-2011 at 01:25 AM
    I'm in Overland Park...I order Chinook, Cascade, and Fuggles...but since I ordered kinda late,
    I asked Thyme Garden to substitute Centennial and/or Goldings if they run out of the others.I
    don't know ...

  • Posted in thread: Running twine for hops on 03-07-2011 at 03:35 AM
    I'd recommend using an old cinder block that's been out in the weather a while. Brand new ones
    will leach fly ash into your soil and considerably increase the ph to be somewhat alkaline.
    Remember, you...

  • Posted in thread: Running twine for hops on 03-06-2011 at 11:15 PM
    I was trying to come up with a way to do this too...I'm going to plant my rhizomes near the
    house (south side) and run my twine up to eyehole screws attached to the underside of the
    soffit, about 17' ...

  • Posted in thread: Trip to ireland on 03-04-2011 at 05:14 PM
    Im going to agree with some of the people here. I went to Ireland expecting the Guiness to
    taste so much better...I was disappointed. It tastes exactly the same (I live in a college town
    where lots of...

  • Posted in thread: Trip to ireland on 03-04-2011 at 03:19 AM
    Last time I was there I had soemthing called "brainblaster" from Porterhouse Brewing, I think.
    it was on tap at the pub down the road from where my relatives lived. Expensive! But
    tasty.True...on Nass...

  • Posted in thread: Thyme garden- any good? on 03-03-2011 at 11:54 PM
    I ordered from them about two months back. I sent them a friendly email just to hear if all is
    on track. They responded in about a day. They have gotten most of their rhizomes out of the
    ground now ex...

  • Posted in thread: My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station... on 02-22-2011 at 11:43 PM
    They both look good to me.....although your "conditioned" picture looks more like my crush, and
    I don't condition.Thanks for the second set of eyes...the crush just seems a lot finer than
    what I'd got...

  • Posted in thread: My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station... on 02-21-2011 at 06:06 PM
    Alright, I finally got this this mostly assembled and am currently trying to dial in my grind.
    I tried the the "tighten until you're scared" technique, but I want to make sure I don't shred
    the husks ...