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  • I started brewing in Bremerton, WA about 15 years ago as many of my friends were doing it on a weekly basis. I have a 3-keg system for all-grain brewing although usually substitute a 10 gal cooler for the mash tun.
  • I am working on an ESB to become my standard - similar Common Room ESB posted on this site.
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  • Posted in thread: Grainfather!! on 02-21-2017 at 02:12 AM
    2nd brew with the GF today. Managed to keep the cap on the filter this time and was happy with
    that. Pump/filter worked great! I used the GF online calculator and volumes were spot on.
    Thanks to sever...

  • Posted in thread: Grainfather!! on 02-16-2017 at 03:10 AM
    Hello all,First Grainfather brew today. 110V U.S. system with the grain coat.All went well,
    with small exception that I knocked the silicone cap off of the filter just as I came up to
    boil. My fault -...

  • Posted in thread: Using my Grainfather for the first time on 02-16-2017 at 02:31 AM
    Today was my first GF brew day as well. All went well, with a minor exception that I knocked
    the cap off of the filter. I think it could have been disastrous in a high hopped ale, but this
    recipe only...

  • Posted in thread: Should I secondary a porter? on 05-26-2014 at 04:56 PM
    I have always used a secondary, but not sure I'm getting any value out of it. My ABV is similar
    to yours and I'm planning on 3 weeks in the primary, then keg for the next one.

  • Posted in thread: Pump / chiller help! on 05-26-2014 at 12:16 AM
    I'm looking forward to learning more about this one myself. I'm in the process of buying a CFC
    (leaning toward the Therminator). Many thanks to any and all who provide info on their favorite
    ways to s...

  • Posted in thread: HomeBrewTalk 2014 Big Giveaway on 03-17-2014 at 03:20 PM
    A few lucky people are going to win some great stuff!

  • Posted in thread: Spike Brewing 12.5 Gallon Conical Fermenter Giveaway! on 01-07-2014 at 02:59 AM
    Count me in!

  • Posted in thread: Racking to secondary on 11-17-2013 at 07:19 PM
    I almost always rack to the secondary although I agree that for most it often isn't necessary.
    I only have a twin-tap system and I'm often not ready to keg when the ale is ready which means
    it can rem...

  • Posted in thread: My yeast starter went crazy on 11-17-2013 at 07:08 PM
    Fermcap-S definitely works as do the larger flasks, but all-in-all, I found starter solutions
    to be a PITA that I just don't want to work with. I've shifted to dry yeast whenever possible.
    Quality is ...

  • Posted in thread: NorcalBrewing Solutions Giveaway! on 10-14-2013 at 04:38 PM
    Great prizes - count me in!

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