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11-28-2011

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08-08-2012 10:51 PM

    ABOUT ME

  • Primary 1: Light IPA
    Primary 2: empty
  • secondary 1: Barely Wine
    Secondary 2: Giner Cider
  • Keg 1: 'Hershey Dark' Milk Stout
    Keg 2: Mulled hard Cider
    keg 3: Pumpkin Wheat
  • Married
  • colchester
  • Connecticut

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: bottling to kegging then back to bottling? on 08-09-2012 at 03:05 AM
    I will usually bottle a portion of my, usually the last couple of gallons. I brew mostly
    seasonal beers and with three taps for the wife and i we just don't get through it. Bottling
    some of it makes i...

  • Posted in thread: pump trouble with mash tun recirculation only... on 02-29-2012 at 09:16 PM
    What you are struggling with is called net positive suction head (NPSH). If you are still
    getting suction then you have not surpassed the maximum that can be developed but at this point
    you are pretty...

  • Posted in thread: Questions on buying gear on 02-29-2012 at 12:07 AM
    Coroboto has it right, just go for it.And, because you asked for my $.02. I personally would
    not pay $100+ for someone else to convert a keg for me. I am middle of the road as far as DIY
    goes. That sa...

  • Posted in thread: Lesson learned on 02-28-2012 at 12:35 AM
    I'm still a bit curious as to your recipe and fmash temps. Also, (read learning for me) what
    makes you think that it is a wild yeast vs too high of a mash temperature. The high tannic,
    buzzy alc taste...

  • Posted in thread: When is it ok to ask people to chip in for ingredients? on 01-11-2012 at 12:31 AM
    While already hit on a few time I want to toss in my $.02. When I bottled it was easy to
    control what went out vs what I made. Having gone to a keg system on casters (it follows the
    party) it is much ...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone have a Chocolate Porter recipe on 12-24-2011 at 12:03 AM
    Just to add my $.02. My wife and I love chocolate beers. Our favorite way to get chocolate
    flavor is to use coca powder with lactose in the boil. Our most recent batch we used 8oz
    Hershey's special da...

  • Posted in thread: mash now,,,,, boil later??? on 12-23-2011 at 11:52 PM
    I have done this once, and maybe I was just lucky but it worked fine. I did an Imperial Ale.
    While the initial 7 gal was boiling we spargerd out another 3 gal. We put it in a clean pale
    with an air lo...

  • Posted in thread: Late Malt Addition on 12-20-2011 at 11:49 PM
    You will be fine either way. There will be little difference between 60 and 70 minute boils. If
    you move into all grain you will find that many recipes ask call for 90 minute boils. There are
    a lot of...

  • Posted in thread: Hello from CT on 12-20-2011 at 11:32 PM
    Greetings all, My name is Mike. I have been brewing all grain for about two years, kits and
    partial mash for about 6. I am a long time stalker of the forum but with my recent foray into
    cider I had to...

  • Posted in thread: carbing problems on 12-19-2011 at 11:47 PM
    If you are only giving it 10 hours I don't think that you are giving the gas enough time to be
    adsorbed into the liquid. The bottle getting firm means that the gas is on the gas side. I
    would suspect ...

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