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  • Started with a Mr. Beer that had been given to me for Father's Day. Didn't use it until that autumn. The beer turned out good and I wanted to try something more challenging. Went to extract/steeped grains on the stovetop. Then a few months later to all-grain. Currently brewing in my garage, 5 gallon batches, with a huge freezer/fermenter set up that can handle up to 6 batches at a time.
  • 4 tap keezer has a steady rotation of different brews. Depending on the season the lightest may be a hard cider or cream ale and the darkest an oatmeal stout. I enjoy American IPA's, Pale Ales and ambers.
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  • Always have a supply of Amber Ale, Cream Ale, IPA and APA on hand. I've also tried making some hard ciders and they've been well received.
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  • Posted in thread: Too Much Water on 06-04-2016 at 11:59 PM
    Hi guys, I brewed my first batch about a week ago using BIAB. I did a full volume mash in order
    to skip sparging, but I ended up with about 2.75 gallons of wort instead of my intended 2.5
    gallons. Ini...

  • Posted in thread: Will my grains last? on 04-04-2016 at 03:23 AM
    Most sources I've read indicate that crushed grains are probably good for a month or more if
    stored dry and cool. Whole, uncrushed malts stored properly can last for years.Cheers!:mug:

  • Posted in thread: First ever brew Cream of Three on 03-29-2016 at 01:53 AM
    Would Pale Ale malt be a wise choice with this recipe?.Just curious if anyones tried it at all
    for the 2 row sub.It would be an interesting experiment. Pale Ale Malt is usually a little
    darker than Do...

  • Posted in thread: New Castle Clone - Accidental on 03-26-2016 at 05:54 PM
    This beer has now been kegged and has carbed up properly. I've been serving it for several days
    now. I completely agree with others who have made it that this is an excellent English brown
    ale recipe....

  • Posted in thread: Secondary Fermentation Container Questions on 03-26-2016 at 03:31 PM
    I'd be a careful with dry ice- Yes it will add CO2, but what else might be frozen in that CO2?
    Dry ice is commonly used as a carbonating or special effects agent in foods. You need not be
    concerned ab...

  • Posted in thread: Secondary Fermentation Container Questions on 03-25-2016 at 06:23 AM
    As mentioned earlier the use of a secondary vessel isn't really necessary. (BTW, the term
    "secondary fermentation" comes from wine making - brewers use a "brite tank".) That being said,
    the use of a s...

  • Posted in thread: To Glass Jug or not to Glass Jug? on 03-23-2016 at 04:45 AM
    I'm not sure the gallon jugs are all that subject to exploding but, just the same, I don't
    think I'd go that route. Most microbreweries sell growlers that are designed to hold the
    pressure of carbonat...

  • Posted in thread: Is it too early to start the dry hops? on 03-22-2016 at 03:58 AM
    I may cold crash in the secondary, but if you look at the second picture it really cleared well
    and settled nicely before the transfer to the secondary. I will be using a Wilser hop sock for
    the one o...

  • Posted in thread: How long is too long in the fermenter??? on 03-22-2016 at 02:23 AM
    Instead of thinking "this Should be bottled after 2 weeks" think "You can bottle this as soon
    as two weeks" which is more accurate imho^^^^ this is a balanced and accurate view.

  • Posted in thread: Ready to move to all grain, any equipment kit suggestions? on 03-22-2016 at 02:11 AM
    Great to hear! One of the things I keep seeing is in order to compensate for the loss of
    efficiency is to increase your grain bill by ~10%?Gotcha! I'm a little surprised it takes you
    10-20 minutes to ...

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