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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.
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  • Posted in thread: how to increase mouthfeel? on 11-06-2016 at 10:24 PM
    If you're looking at adjuncts I'd also suggest flaked wheat over flaked barley for an APA. I
    use 4 oz of flaked barley in my Irish Red and can definitely taste it there. In the case of an
    Irish Red th...

  • Posted in thread: English Ales - What's your favorite recipe? on 11-05-2016 at 10:39 PM
    Brewing tomorrow for the first time on someone else's system which is much nicer than mine.
    Anyhow, we decided on my export porter recipe with an of og 1.068 and hoppy. If I had to use
    dry yeast shoul...

  • 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...

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