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  • I've wanted to get into home brewing for years. Then one day I saw an ad in the newspaper for my LHBS, with a coupon no less. So I said to hell with it, went down, and got an Ale Pail kit. Since that faithful day, I've been on HBT sporadically, and have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding proper brewing technique, etc.

    I've made a stir plate (yay!), bought a top-end grain mill -- among other things. I've brewed some really kick-ass beer, with the exception of one experimental batch that started off good, but then hit you with an after-taste that could gag a maggot. Lesson? Watch those off the wall experiments.

    But anyway...

    ...I have a number of good/proven recipes, so check 'em out.
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  • Posted in thread: Good Inexpensive Scotch? on 04-14-2014 at 02:51 PM
    I went to see UNDER THE SKIN in NYC this past weekend as they're not screening it in Philly.
    Stopped in a liquor store around the block and bought a bottle of Bank Note for $18.You know,
    it's not bad....

  • Posted in thread: Good Inexpensive Scotch? on 04-10-2014 at 03:52 PM
    picked this up from my local ABC, I want to say it was under $35. Not the greatest but I
    really enjoy it. McClellands also has whisky from all the other regions in Scotland as
    well.Black Grouse is a...

  • Posted in thread: Good Inexpensive Scotch? on 04-10-2014 at 07:47 AM
    You know it's funny, the person who bought this for me said the Macallan Oak was their second
    choice. Quarter Cask will most certainly be on my short list once funds start flowing into the
    black again...

  • Posted in thread: Good Inexpensive Scotch? on 04-10-2014 at 07:25 AM
    Hey there, I'm in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Bank Note seems a great choice but I'm
    only seeing it at BevMo and the like so it'll have to wait until I get back out west.Up until
    the recent...

  • Posted in thread: Good Inexpensive Scotch? on 04-10-2014 at 06:59 AM
    Wow that's an incredible deal. Unfortunately Costcos here don't sell alcohol but I'm moving
    back to Los Angeles in a few weeks so I'm sure they'll have it there. Indeed, part of my reason
    for going so...

  • Posted in thread: Good Inexpensive Scotch? on 04-10-2014 at 06:43 AM
    Hey there guys. As may be obvious I'm a craft beer drinker first, everything else a distant
    second. However a relative just came back from abroad and gave me a bottle of Glenlivet 12
    year, by my under...

  • Posted in thread: Alcohol/Eggnog in HDPE Milk Jugs? on 12-23-2013 at 07:30 PM
    Hey there. Making some homemade eggnog for the holidays. I'm wondering if this can be decanted
    into standard grocery store HDPE milk jugs (gallon, half gallon, etc). I seem to vaguely recall
    a recipe ...

  • Posted in thread: John's Red (English Barleywine) on 10-12-2012 at 08:12 PM
    Golden Naked Oats is a pretty unique product in my experience. If you can't track it down it
    may be worth it to place a small online order, or you can experiment with lightly toasted
    flaked oats.

  • Posted in thread: Kefir on 06-02-2011 at 07:59 PM
    Yeah, water kefir would probably be the best for doing up a lambic...not milk kefir, which
    tends to get weird in anything other than dairy. I want to get some water kefir and try this
    recipe for ginge...

  • Posted in thread: DC Raspberry Stout on 01-26-2011 at 08:52 AM
    Sounds interesting. Let us know.

On a brewing hiatus. Will get back into the fray eventually, methinks...

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