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  • About 8 years ago, I purchased a basic brewing kit (carboy, wort chiller, fermentation lock etc.) and brewed and bottled several batches from extract kits. The beer turned out great but I got involved in alot of home improvement projects and didn't brew again. A buddy at work asked if he could borrow the equipment to try brewing so I loaned him everything. Well that was the last I saw of the equipment.

    I purchased a brew structure and kettles on Craigslist and have cleaned these up and put them in working order again. I also purchased some kegs and a 7 gallon MoreBeer conical that was missing parts from the same seller. I converted the kegs into fermenters using hardware from and purchased additional parts from MoreBeer to complete the conical. I now have 2 primary and 2 secondary fermenters. I also purchased a refrigerator and made a kegerator with taps for 4 5-gallon sanke kegs.
  • Austin Hombrew Pliny the Elder (Russian River) Clone
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  • Posted in thread: What should a dry mead taste like? on 01-13-2012 at 07:24 PM
    I used 9lbs of honey for a five gallon batch. The final specific gravity was just under 1.0, so
    it was fully fermented and dry. The only ingredients were raw wildflower honey, yeast nutrient,
    WYeast d...

  • Posted in thread: What should a dry mead taste like? on 01-12-2012 at 11:32 PM
    OK, so I just finished the second fermentation on my first batch of mead. This is a dry mead (9
    lbs of honey for a 5 gallon batch). The honey was from my bee hives and I used a dry mead yeast
    from Wye...

  • Posted in thread: ? About Mead Fermentation Temperature on 11-21-2011 at 01:37 PM
    Thanks Insomniac and Biochemedic, I appreciate the guidance.

  • Posted in thread: ? About Mead Fermentation Temperature on 11-20-2011 at 04:59 PM
    Need some advice from the forum as I may have accidentally overheated my Mead.I'm using a
    fermentation heater and controller to keep the mead at temperature since it's brewing in my
    garage. The temper...

  • Posted in thread: Beer Brewing Service San Francisco Bay Area on 08-12-2011 at 04:18 AM
    Hi All:Hoping some of you may recall the name of this company....At one point, I believe there
    was a company that let you brew beer using their equipment. It was positioned as a party
    service where a ...

  • Posted in thread: Mashing and achieving the correct OG on 01-02-2010 at 02:40 AM
    Hi Impatient:The hygrometer reads 1.000 in water. I did make an adjustment for temp when I
    calculated the specific gravity. I think the water was 95 degress which called for an upward
    adjustment of .0...

  • Posted in thread: Mashing and achieving the correct OG on 01-02-2010 at 02:36 AM
    Hi Folks:I went back and reviewed my notes and think I found the answer.... I fly sparged but
    the water temp was probably lower than 170 -- maybe 150 or 155 degrees. Let me know if you
    think that woul...

  • Posted in thread: Mashing and achieving the correct OG on 01-02-2010 at 01:45 AM
    Hi Folks:I'm new to all grain and tried the "Pliny the Elder" clone kit from Austin Homebrew.I
    followed the instructions in the kit but when I took the OG of the wort it was way too low. I
    should have...

  • Posted in thread: Grain Infographic on 12-15-2009 at 01:43 PM
    Norwegiangeek, thank you for doing the work to create a chart on grains but please include a
    legend to the chart so I can understand what each color band means.With regard to hops, perhaps
    the group c...

  • Posted in thread: Grain Infographic on 12-14-2009 at 02:21 PM
    I'm a visual person, and just found this infographic about hops and was curious if there was
    something similar out there about Grains? Not really sure what info it would show (SRM, etc?)
    but just curi...