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  • Started with a Mr. Beer, and after the second batch, I messed it up by washing it in the dishwasher. I then purchased some simple equipment to brew one gallon at a time and divided up a hopped malt extract (Bock) to make one gallon at a time. After two of those, I bought a basic starter kit for five gallon batches, including a primary fermenter and secondary glass carboy. I don't have homebrew going constantly, but am increasing the frequency every time.

    I have brewed several Brown Ales, a couple of Bock batches, and most recently a dark wheat. The early batches were all hopped extract using dry malt instead of sugar. The last couple of batches I enhanced the extract with some other steeped grains and flavors. The most recent (and also my favorite so far) was a regular wheat malt extract. I cracked and steeped some chocolate malt along with some orange peel to add to the extract.
  • Now that I've been adding to the extract, I plan on trying out a batch with all grain (no extract except for the dry malt instead of sugar). I think it'll be an IPA.
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  • Posted in thread: Anyone brewed a Russian Imperial Stout Brewer's Best kit???? on 11-10-2009 at 07:14 PM
    I've got one of these kits sitting and waiting for a free weekend to brew up. I've been
    thinking of adding a pound or so of lactose, but am not sure if that would work as well in an
    Imperial Stout vs....

  • Posted in thread: Never dump your beer!!! Patience IS a virtue!!! Time heals all things, even beer! on 09-30-2009 at 02:19 PM
    As far as temp control is concerned, I wouldn't place it next to a vent, as the temperature
    will fluctuate an awful lot there. When the AC comes on, the air directly from the vent is
    colder by quite a...

  • Posted in thread: How much vanilla for a vanilla porter? on 09-23-2009 at 12:58 PM
    Not a knock on Duckfoot or MrGneissGuy, but how are we supposed to get any useful information
    out of this?Not to speak for Duckfoot, because I don't know how long he let the beans sit, but
    I'll summar...

  • Posted in thread: How much vanilla for a vanilla porter? on 09-22-2009 at 04:46 PM
    I got my beans from Costco, a lot better price than beanilla. I cut and scraped two beans in
    the secondary and planned on letting them sit for two weeks. But, my brother was throwing a big
    family part...

  • Posted in thread: Rules for labels? on 06-16-2009 at 04:37 PM
    Just tested my latest, a smoked vanilla porter, and as it turned out well even with more
    conditioning time coming, and it's slated to join me at a large Independence Day party, I
    decided to name and l...

  • Posted in thread: oktoberfest style ale question on 06-01-2009 at 06:52 PM
    I was also thinking of a pumpkin spice in the fall. I was considering an amber or maybe a bock
    style, but the oktoberfest recommendations here sound really good as well. Though what I am
    considering i...

  • Posted in thread: Chai Stout on 05-26-2009 at 08:21 PM
    I'm in the middle of a batch of porter, that I was planning to add vanilla to, and then got to
    thinking that chai would also be good with it. I thought about just adding two or three tea
    bags along wi...

  • Posted in thread: How much vanilla for a vanilla porter? on 05-22-2009 at 05:37 PM
    I am also in the middle of making a vanilla porter and wondered how this one turned out. I used
    the Brewers Best smoked porter partial grain and it’s in the primary right now (5 gallon
    batch). I...

  • Posted in thread: Hey from Indianapolis on 08-18-2008 at 04:52 PM
    Welcome, I'm pretty new here myself. I commute to Indy for work from Yorktown.

  • Posted in thread: Rules for labels? on 08-15-2008 at 03:09 PM
    Please tell me you've worked a "lobstrosity" into your label.Alas no. OK, I'll risk it :o Ale
    extract with steeped chocolate malt and orange peel. ABV ended up higher than what I originally
    labeled ...

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