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  • I'm an intermediate level homebrewer. I've brewed a dozen beers so far and most of them have turned out decent. I'm pretty proud of the last two. I think I've finally nailed how this is done.
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  • I got into homebrewing a couple of years ago. I had a passion for beer along with one of my buddies. After he visited the local homebrew shop for a class project, he got the idea to start homebrewing. So that's where it all started. We did our first beer on the stove with crappy extract. It turned out terrible but we decided to try again with a new recipe. We had some trouble with a tea like flavor which kept haunting our brews which we suspected came from stale extract, so we decided to move to all-grain on our third beer. Considering how little gear we had at the time, our first AG was our first truly drinkable beer. And that's when we both got hooked. Now, my gear is still bad by most homebrewers standards, but I can make good beer with it so I don't complain.
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  • Posted in thread: Beer Philosophy - What is it about homebrewing... on 01-20-2011 at 08:27 PM
    The big BMC brewers have implemented a lot of cost cutting measures over time to reach the
    products they now have today. It's not that people were craving light lagers back then, but the
    American lage...

  • Posted in thread: Chimay Triple White Clone on 01-19-2011 at 05:50 AM
    There seems to be as many Chimay white recipes as there are brewers. This makes finding the
    definitive version of the this beer a bit difficult. However, there are a couple of things that
    could get yo...

  • Posted in thread: My beer came out watery? what happened on 01-18-2011 at 10:47 PM
    I'd let it sit longer. 5 days in keg is not a long time. Spiced ales take a little bit of time
    to develop. Try it again in a month or two before making a final assessment. You'll know
    something went w...

  • Posted in thread: getting ready for first brew, want to make sure I have everything on 01-18-2011 at 08:22 PM
    Because pouring 5 gallons of wort from a 10 gallon pot into a carboy isn't as easy as it looks,
    wouldn't recommend doing it yourself, but you can always siphon.Yeah, I would whirlpool your
    beer in the...

  • Posted in thread: Porter from 50% Brown Malt? on 01-18-2011 at 03:21 AM
    As I understand it, brown malt is the traditional malt for porters. If anything, your porter
    recipe would more true to style than most recipes currently out there. Maybe it's time to bring
    back the or...

  • Posted in thread: Forgot to sanitise the outside of my smackpack on 01-18-2011 at 03:04 AM
    If it's any comfort, I've used dozens of smack packs without sanitizing them and never had
    contamination issues. That doesn't mean it's impossible that something will go wrong, but
    caution is advised.

  • Posted in thread: How to improve finish? That last flavor at the back of your pallet after you swallow. on 01-15-2011 at 11:46 PM
    One thing that also can affect flavor profile is age. A beer that is too young may come out a
    little simple. Sometimes letting it sit for a few weeks will help it develop a bit more (not a
    good idea w...

  • Posted in thread: Chocolate Coffee Stout (Chocolate Jitterz) on 01-13-2011 at 02:23 PM
    I think this will be my next brew for February. I'm a little scared of the Kolsch yeast for
    this style so I've decided to go with Wyeast 1099 of which I will have a few mason jars.
    According to Wyeast...

  • Posted in thread: I like Natural Light. on 01-12-2011 at 10:22 PM
    Old Milwaukee was the goto beer in my teenage years. Use to split half a case of those with my
    buddy while watching cheap ass horror movies on Saturday evenings. It's funny since neither I
    nor my budd...

  • Posted in thread: What Beer Was Your Point of No Return? on 01-12-2011 at 05:36 PM
    For me it was kilkenny irish red. It's been a long time since I've had it, and I would probably
    not care for it much anymore. But it got me into craft brew so it's hard for me to bash that