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  • I am a new brewer. I have been damn successful so far and my beer has been tasty...thanks to you all of course.
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  • I got into brewing because I think beer is delicious and I was given a still. I quickly realized that I knew nothing about fermentation when I tried to ferment my first sugar wash and it stalled. I felt like this was a great excuse to purchase a Better bottle and all of the other equipment for beer brewing.

    My first beer was a Newcastle clone and it turned out great. I borrowed a BOP from my neighbor and a kit from the LHBS, added an extra pound of DME and a cup of brown sugar, made a quart starter and here I am. My second brew was a kolsh from a kit and it just finished last week. It also impressed the friends.

    I am off to a good start!

    I also am working on a cider recipe that doesn't utilize any preservatives. It has to be something simple that relies on store bought juice, AJ concentrate, a sugar, yeast. Only natural stuff will go into my cider. My first attempt is possibly bust because I used Windsor yeast and it made the cider taste like sour rat turds dipped in
  • Clones: Fat Tire, Great White, Hoegaarden, Mac N Jacks African Amber, Lagunitas IPA or Dogtown, Obsidian Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Pilsner Urquell

    Smash utilizing 2 row and ?
  • nada, just the one gallon of cider
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  • Posted in thread: Cool Brewing Giveaway! on 06-27-2012 at 09:39 PM
    Heck yeah, let's brew this summer!

  • Posted in thread: Thick homemade yogurt? on 02-11-2012 at 05:11 PM
    I use an electric heating pad set on low. I put a small metal baking pan on top in which I
    place as many quarts or pints of mason jars filled with my yogurt mixture that I want to turn
    into yogurt. Th...

  • Posted in thread: First time cider - strong yeast flavor on 02-07-2012 at 10:37 PM
    I am still a cider making newbie, but my two cents are:Don't grossly overpitch your yeast,
    after fermentation is over or where you want it...rack to secondary and put in the fridge to
    get the yeast ou...

  • Posted in thread: HomeBrewTalk 2012 Big Giveaway on 02-07-2012 at 06:55 PM
    Please let me win! I'm a winner.

  • Posted in thread: Heinie and P. Urquell no good on 02-05-2012 at 09:56 PM
    Another thing...My cider tastes great and I have been hung up on the presentation, ie green
    glass. It stands on its own, even if it is bottled in a cleaned Stone IPA bottle. (Screen
    printed bottle for...

  • Posted in thread: Heinie and P. Urquell no good on 02-05-2012 at 09:49 PM
    I was afraid that I was going to have an explosion of green glass in the kitchen, my parents
    kitchen that is. I brew at their house, not mine! Luckily I had the good 'ol common sense to
    dump those bot...

  • Posted in thread: Heinie and P. Urquell no good on 02-04-2012 at 05:20 PM
    I am a newbie and I got the brilliant idea to bottle my beer in amber bottles (thats the smart
    part) and my cider in green glass. Well, the local bar had an ample supply of Heine and Pllsner
    Urquell b...

  • Posted in thread: Norcal newbie in San Rafael on 01-26-2012 at 07:57 PM
    Hello. I'm down in El Cerrito and got started a few month ago with some purchases at Oakbarrel
    Winecraft in Berkeley. They have excellent extract kits with everything you need for about $33.
    I did two...

  • Posted in thread: Hello from the San Fran East Bay! on 01-25-2012 at 11:20 PM
    I will go ahead an chew away!

  • Posted in thread: Hello from the San Fran East Bay! on 01-25-2012 at 06:02 AM
    I just started brewing because beer is freakin' delicious. I like wine and cocktails too. My
    next tool that I will acquire to enhance my cocktailing is a manual ice crusher. The reason
    that I mention ...