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  • Got into brewing because I needed another hobby where I could make things, and where the stuff I make doesn't take up space. What could be better than making beer?
  • An oatmeal stout, another winter brew, then into some more IPA's and summer ales
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  • Scottish Ale, IPA, Harvest Ale, Christmas Ale, Kolsch
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  • Posted in thread: Cold crash then keg condition warm? on 10-05-2013 at 12:10 PM
    Thanks for the tips! Looks like I'll be ok if i cold crash and then bring to room temp. But I
    forgot that my garage is around 40 during Dec, Jan, Feb. I could throw some kegs out there
    with just a li...

  • Posted in thread: Cold crash then keg condition warm? on 10-04-2013 at 09:10 PM
    Why not just keg, let the beer condition, and then cold crash in the kegerator when there is an
    opening in there? I don't understand the need to cold crash something and then keg it and let
    it sit out...

  • Posted in thread: Cold crash then keg condition warm? on 10-04-2013 at 08:53 PM
    i'm starting to get a stockpile of beer ready for the winter, but I'm running into a situation
    where I cant go directly from cold crash into the kegerator.The kegerator will be full of kegs
    when the c...

  • Posted in thread: Blue Balls Belgian Wit (Blue Moon Clone) on 07-23-2013 at 12:41 PM
    Thanks roastquake. protein rest it is.

  • Posted in thread: Blue Balls Belgian Wit (Blue Moon Clone) on 07-21-2013 at 01:27 PM
    I have some fresh wheat from the farm. Can I use this instead of flaked wheat? If so, any
    changes in the mash instructions?

  • Posted in thread: Show off your mash tun on 04-07-2013 at 03:26 AM
    Here's mine. I just put my 3rd braid replacement in - this time over a ss spring to prevent
    braid collapse. The upper "sparge arm" sags a little so I use bread wrappers to anchor it so
    that the sparge...

  • Posted in thread: Porter w/Jack Daniels - no carbonation on 12-17-2012 at 12:52 PM
    I brewed 2- 5 gallon batches of Porter. One on 10/5, the other on 10/26. Both have vanilla
    beans soaked in Jack Daniels (along with some Jack) added to the secondary. I bottled the first
    batch around ...

  • Posted in thread: My Projects on 11-09-2012 at 02:04 AM
    For me, the top level is too high to be able to look into the kettles. Otherwise looks good.

  • Posted in thread: Braid -vs- False Bottom? on 11-04-2012 at 03:04 AM
    Thanks for the spring info! I can't wait to get one. Then I won't have to hold back as much
    when I'm stirring close to the bottom.

  • Posted in thread: Braid -vs- False Bottom? on 11-03-2012 at 11:00 AM
    I use a 3/4" ss braid coiled up to cover the whole bottom of my cooler tun with a ss spring
    inserted inside the braid for support. The spring works great and the sparge goes off without a
    hitch.:DI'm ...

At home in the Feisty Bluegill Brewery Keg1: Oatmeal Stout Keg2: Wheat Ale Primary1: Vanilla bean porter Primary2: Vanilla bean porter Primary3: Nothing Secondary 1: IPA Secondary 2: Nothing Keg conditioning: nothing Bottled: nothing