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  • Started with a Mr. Beer kit. After the second brew, I made a change to the third kit. After that, I designed my own recipes. Did three partial mashes, then graduated to all-grain BIAB. I do 2.5 to 3 gallon batches because I enjoy brewing more often and really don't drink more than one beer a day. I enjoy the variety available and being able to pair up the night's drink with the meal.
  • On hiatus for the spring... kids being born, new milkers to break in, back to farm chores twice a day... Just not enough time in the day! Now if we could make the days officially 30 hours long...
  • Christmas Porter, Scottish Heavy, Twist of Honey Brown, Sweet Gale English IPA, Pretty Little Ditty Scotch Ale, Sonni's Opus Oktoberfest, Longvu Cranberry Ale, Tangerine Surprise IPA, Mandarin Breeze APA, Margarita Visions APA, Wild Mahogany American Brown, Munich Dunkel, Intel Inside Bock, Kiwi Mango iFruity Wit, Dark Mahogany ESB, Northern English Brown, Wild Ebony Mild, Sea Spray Summer Ale.
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  • Posted in thread: 3 gallon batch in 5 gallon kettle? on 07-30-2014 at 08:26 PM
    I do 10 liter (~2.5 gal) batches regularly. I find the size just about right for my stove to
    handle and convenient for me to brew. It also gives me more opportunities to brew a greater
    selection of be...

  • Posted in thread: White labs on 07-25-2014 at 11:48 AM
    Make sure that you have the correct date for the vial you have entered on the yeast starter
    page. Depending upon your starting gravity and the age of the yeast, you may need a starter or
    multiple vial...

  • Posted in thread: Where can I get WPL yeast in NH? on 07-24-2014 at 12:26 AM
    I think all the HBS in NH have Wyeast in inventory. NFG in Leominster, MA carries White Labs as
    does Beer & Wine Hobby in Woburn, MA, but they're a bit of a drive...

  • Posted in thread: FastRack Party Pack Giveaway! - Open to All Members! on 07-22-2014 at 06:18 PM

  • Posted in thread: Best book to read after Palmers??? on 07-22-2014 at 04:24 PM
    So many ways to turn. For in depth learning on the ingredients, the Brewing Elements series
    will be the best bet as cited above. For recipe design, I'd turn to Daniel's 'Designing Great
    Beers' (a litt...

  • Posted in thread: Mr. Beer recipes on 07-21-2014 at 02:33 PM
    So I just bought two Mr. Beer kits at Sears for $6.24 a piece. Any suggestions on what I should
    try to do first. (besides the one that came with it)You can do the recipes that came with the
    Mr. Beer k...

  • Posted in thread: Scotch ale fermentation suggestions on 07-21-2014 at 02:22 PM
    Especially for a big beer like a scotch ale, I start my fermentation temperature low. I
    typically use the WY1728, which is roughly equivalent to the WL028. I start by cooling both the
    wort and starter...

  • Posted in thread: WYEAST 1968 (London) Not a fan! on 07-20-2014 at 02:02 PM
    WY1968 is certainly not the yeast to use if you want a dry finish. I find it works well in
    browns and milds, where it leaves a bit more body in the beer. I've seen attenuation range from
    68% to 73% wi...

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith Equipment Profile Help on 07-18-2014 at 11:43 PM
    I use a dip stick with volume markings.

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith Equipment Profile Help on 07-18-2014 at 08:09 PM
    I would recommend setting the loss to trub and chiller to zero as a start. Change it only if
    you find you consistently have some fluid left over when you fill your fermentor.


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