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  • First attempt at brewing: 1982. It worked out so well that my next attempt was 1987. Haven't stop since!
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  • I put myself through college bar tending at a VERY high end country club where one of the members had his own jet. He often flew beer in from Europe in the early 1980's. I never had anything that good and couldn't find anything in the US that I could purchase (at that time.) So, I tried home brewing. That didn't work out so well. I tried again in 1987 and the results were, "Hey, this doesn't suck!" I now do mostly all grain, but do extract when time is an issue.
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  • Posted in thread: Reflecting on Last Year’s Mistakes on 01-05-2013 at 02:49 AM
    I just hope that you were attempting to make a sweet stout and not a sweat stout.Good catch! It
    wasn't much sweat to dump it, but there may have been some tears.Mark

  • Posted in thread: should I put beer in second fermenter on 01-04-2013 at 10:24 PM
    Again, great beer can be made with many different techniques. However, yeast today is the same
    living organism for millions of years, and they all behave the same way. Yeast will become
    autolysized ye...

  • Posted in thread: Oxiclean ruined my bottles! on 01-04-2013 at 10:06 PM
    Instead of using just Oxyclean, try a mixture of 3 parts Oxyclean to one part TSP/90. This is
    very close to Powdered Brewery Wash which works very well, but is very expensive.Mark

  • Posted in thread: should I put beer in second fermenter on 01-04-2013 at 09:43 PM
    Well, I’m not going to disagree with anyone. I just want to give my opinion. As for your
    question, I would not put the beer in a secondary because of the style. However, I use a
    secondary for mo...

  • Posted in thread: does all grain beer taste better than extract? or is it just an experience thing? on 01-04-2013 at 08:29 PM
    I just want to give my two cents here (maybe it’s only worth a penny.) I do not believe that I
    can taste a difference if fresh extract is used. I am mostly all-grain now, but not because
    extracts have...

  • Posted in thread: Cost on 01-04-2013 at 05:14 PM
    Expense is relative. However, I do not think that the cost of home brewing is something that I
    considered when I first started. While home brewing is easy and relatively inexpensive, it is
    the duty of...

  • Posted in thread: Reflecting on Last Year’s Mistakes on 01-04-2013 at 04:55 PM
    Success is a poor teacher. A phrase that I live by. While I have been brewing for over 25
    years, I still learn from my mistakes. Of the 18 batches (110 gallons) I brewed in 2012, I did
    dump two five-g...

  • Posted in thread: Lager times on 12-20-2012 at 02:34 PM
    All beer can benefit from lagering. I read a book on Altbier by Horist Dornbucsh and he
    recommends lagering for about one to three months. The longer, of course, the clearer and
    'smoother' the beer ge...

  • Posted in thread: Smoked Habanero IPA on 12-19-2012 at 08:00 PM
    No,none of us could smell or taste any smoke at all. I tried the malt before I milled it and it
    was VERY smokey. Actually, we all joked that I should put some out in a bowl on my bar! But
    sadly, the f...

  • Posted in thread: Smoked Habanero IPA on 12-19-2012 at 07:21 PM
    I brewed a smoke Habanera beer, called Peppers Away, on September 9. For 10 Gallons:18 lbs
    2-row2 lbs smoked malt0.5 lbs carmel 60L1 lb carmel 40L0.5 lbs Carafoam1 lb biscuit malt2 oz
    Palisade 7.60% a...