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  • I am a beer and beverage salesman and finally decided to brew my own beer after 10 yrs. of being in the business.
    I first got interested in brewing because I heard a documentary about it on the radio but also I wanted to learn more about the process and beer itself. Being in the business of selling beer is more of marketing and numbers and pushing the big brands (money makers) so I wanted to learn more about what I was selling and why people were so passionate about it. I have only been brewing for a very short time and have learned so much about the different types of beer and what makes them different and how the different ingredients make them the way they are. It's fascinating! I know you must be wondering 'how can he sell beer and not know this stuff'? Well, when the main concern is hitting number (making quota) it doesn't really matter what is in the bottles. But I wanted to know and at least change my attitude and learn to enjoy the finer side of beer and respect it a l
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  • I got into home brewing because I heard this piece on the radio about it. It was a documentary and they sounded like they were having fun and made it sound pretty easy. They mentioned the book by Papazian so I went out and got that, did a little reading, and was at my local (not so local) brew shop getting my set up about a week later.
    My set up is 2 - 5 gal. food grade buckets, one is a fermenter and the other is a bottler. The kit also came with a bottle capper and siphon hose with btl. filler, sanitizer, and bottle brush. Not a bad little set up. I do have some brew kettles and other little but important equipment I still need to get.
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  • Posted in thread: Question about Kolsch Yeast 2565 on 07-30-2013 at 01:40 PM
    I never thought about them getting too hot in the sun! That could certainley be problematic!Im
    doing the same Kolsch recipe so its true to style, in theory. I used the Brewmasters Bible to
    formulate t...

  • Posted in thread: Question about Kolsch Yeast 2565 on 07-30-2013 at 01:54 AM
    Used that yeast for last two brews myself. First time smack pack, second with recultured.
    Recultured yeast was super animalistic!Sounds like underpitching as the pack didnt swell. Id
    recommend putting...

  • Posted in thread: Question about Kolsch Yeast 2565 on 07-29-2013 at 02:46 PM
    Two_one_seven,I was thinking I may have under pitched. I didn't make a starter for it and I was
    having a little trouble getting cooled. I was under the gun time wise and pitched in high 70s.

  • Posted in thread: Question about Kolsch Yeast 2565 on 07-29-2013 at 10:49 AM
    I have an all grain Kolsch that has a OG of 1.040 and i used the Kolsch 2565 Wyeast smack pack.
    I smacked it early in the day and put it in a good spot and it never swelled like the other
    packs I have...

  • Posted in thread: Mead bottling prep. on 03-25-2013 at 11:13 PM
    Great response that was the info I was looking for. Thank you

  • Posted in thread: Mead bottling prep. on 03-25-2013 at 03:59 PM
    I am going to bottle my first mead soon and was hoping to get some advice on the steps for
    still and carbonated versions of bottling. Sorry for such a broad and noob-y-ish question but I
    would rather ...

  • Posted in thread: how to use my grains on 03-28-2012 at 08:21 PM
    This a two part question about a partial or mini mash extract beer.Part 1: I am using 12 oz. of
    crushed pale 2 row malt. Since it is a base malt does it need to be fully mashed for 45 min at
    a specifi...

  • Posted in thread: When is it mine to name? on 02-09-2012 at 02:16 PM
    I have brewed about a dozen beers and they have all been extract and partial mash kits or using
    someone else's recipe from a book or magazine. How much modification to a recipe does it take
    for me to ...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap and Easy Bottle Cap Labels on 11-13-2011 at 01:15 PM
    Hey jcbrewer. I noticed your labels in the thread for bottle cap labels and I really like the
    graphics that you came up with. It is better than just text in black and white. Did you do that
    using the ...

  • Posted in thread: gravity reading doesn't match up on 10-02-2011 at 02:53 PM
    Great advice and insight. I do realize there is nothing I can do at this point but looking back
    I aerate the wort back and for between the brew pot and fermentor through a fine strainer and
    created a ...