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  • I moved to Napa in 2009 and what better way to snub those wine-os than to brew beer. Though brewing beer isn't so new to me. I've been experimenting since early 2008. I use a keg system with 3 corneys in a fridge. I proudly brazen my North Coast Tap handles on the front. I've been using a home built single tear system with an Igloo tun for about 6 months now and it is working out great. I hope to build a new rack and add 31 gallon pots all the way across within the next year or so.
  • 120 minute IPA clone, Monteiths Black, Racer 5, Maybe Racer 10.
  • Dionysus - 19% barleywine (oak aged?), Red Seal clone
  • Imperial Irish Red ale 9.3% ABV
  • 2 year old Belgium Trippel partial mash.
  • Sierra Nevada "Old Chico" Wheat
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  • Posted in thread: citra hop rhizomes on 07-21-2012 at 04:18 PM
    I thought Sierra Nevada has the proprietary rights to that hop. I could be wrong but if that's
    the case all you would need to do is go to Chico with a shovel and be able to jump high and run
    really fa...

  • Posted in thread: HERMS I think? on 11-06-2011 at 03:56 PM
    day one for the build went well. I have about 25% of the brew stand welded together. I"m
    planning on putting a 2' backing on it so that i can braise the copper piping up and over the
    lip of the keggle...

  • Posted in thread: HERMS I think? on 10-08-2011 at 12:06 AM
    I usually am around the 1.1 water to grain ratio and i may even bump that up a little since now
    i have 15 gallons of room in my mash tun. I was also thinking of braising some 1/2" copper
    tubing around...

  • Posted in thread: HERMS I think? on 10-04-2011 at 05:40 PM
    Thanks for the input. I don't think my water to grain ratio will be too bad. I'm planning on
    converting a 15 gallon keg into a keggle for my mash tun. I also have 2 7 gallon aluminum pots
    and one 5 ga...

  • Posted in thread: HERMS I think? on 10-01-2011 at 02:15 AM
    I've been toying with the idea of getting a little more automated with my brewing. After
    completing the 8 hour process of sitting around and watching my 20% barley wine mash, i think i
    need to take th...

  • Posted in thread: Husband wants Mr. Beer for Father's Day, BUT... on 06-04-2011 at 01:21 AM
    They are all a gateway to bigger and better things. It's just a matter of where you want to
    start out. Mr Beer is cheap. Brewer's Best have some kits that start you off quite well. me
    about it, i st...

  • Posted in thread: Imperial IPA Thoughts? on 06-01-2011 at 12:53 AM
    I've been experimenting with the flavor profiles of hops as of late. I agree with you fully on
    the types of hops your using, however, depending on what your looking for out of your flavor,
    you may wan...

  • Posted in thread: Big Barley wine with Oak chip aging on 06-01-2011 at 12:44 AM
    quick update on the barley wine. i racked it to the secondary after 2oz of oak was sitting for
    two weeks. I kept a small bottle for a party we had and the tasting went over very well.
    However, a lot o...

  • Posted in thread: Big Barley wine with Oak chip aging on 05-13-2011 at 06:20 PM
    Jtakacs, i tasted today (i know, only a week) and the oak chips don't seem to be doing their
    job. You said you had a friend who was in the wine business here in the area who might have
    some kegs for s...

  • Posted in thread: Big Barley wine with Oak chip aging on 05-08-2011 at 11:17 PM
    Jtakacs,good idea. i might have to wait it out. though, it will have plenty of time in the next
    2-3 months to get that extra 0.001 for 20%.I threw in the oak chips yesterday. i went with 2 oz
    and thre...