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  • I'm a beginning homebrewer, have done it perhaps 5 times in the past 8 years but I'm finally trying to get into it seriously. I live in southern California, though I'm a transplant - from Maryland.

    I'm probably one of the least "handy" people you'd ever meet, anything like this is a huge challenge for me which is part of why I like it. Well, that and I do really enjoy a good beer.
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  • When I was around 12 I bought a dog-eared copy of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing from my local library, it was in their sale bin. I'd never had beer at the time, I was just fascinated by the idea of being able to make it and read that book end to end probably 3 times. I couldn't see any way to convince my parents to let me actually homebrew, so I finally put it away. Many years later I was picking up some beer and noticed the store had a corner with a small selection of homebrewing kits. I remembered the old book, and thought I'd give it all a try.
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  • Posted in thread: Fly larvae issue on 09-01-2011 at 07:58 PM
    Hi, thanks for the advice everyone! What I should have mentioned is that my kegerator is a work
    in progress, I don't actually have a tower/taps yet. I've been using the black hand held
    faucets. I'll t...

  • Posted in thread: Fly larvae issue on 09-01-2011 at 03:57 AM
    Hi, I've held off asking for help on this for as long as I can, frankly because it is
    disgusting. But I'm losing at least 50% of my beer to this, and can't take it any more. I get
    fly larvae in my bee...

  • Posted in thread: Frigidaire Model FRC445GB Mini-Fridge Kegerator Conversion on 08-22-2011 at 05:22 PM
    I've been running using the newer Lowe's model of this fridge for my kegs, for a little over a
    year. No tower or faucets yet, but I did have to cut out most of the ridges in the door just so

  • Posted in thread: Carbonation for Ordinary Bitter on 12-04-2010 at 05:42 AM
    Hi, I keg and carbonate with CO2, set it to serving pressure for a week etc. I brewed my first
    ordinary bitter, and when looking up what pressure to use on the CO2, to my surprise the answer
    was 0. Ac...

  • Posted in thread: Better bottle question.... on 11-24-2010 at 06:41 AM
    There are different accessories you can get for the BB, racking adapters etc, but basically you
    just need a different bung as mentioned before.

  • Posted in thread: Erdinger Hefeweizen clone... on 11-19-2010 at 03:48 AM
    Interesting discussion, and it explains something I've always wondered about - the bottled
    Erdinger Hefe-Weizen is significantly different from the "same" beer drunk from a keg in
    Bavaria. Bottle yeas...

  • Posted in thread: Anything You Wish You had Known on 11-17-2010 at 05:21 AM
    So much has been covered. Probably obvious but - keep old towels around when transferring,
    racking etc, underneath wherever you are moving the beer to. Makes it easier to clean up! Also,
    +1 on the adv...

  • Posted in thread: Expensive Rogue Beer on 11-05-2010 at 04:52 AM
    Odd, I can get a large pitcher of Dead Guy for $8 at my local bar. What irritates me is $14 for
    a 4 pack of dogfish head 90 minute IPA. I love their beer but dang. Anyway, my 2c is that
    pricing is an ...

  • Posted in thread: Low starting gravity on 11-01-2010 at 05:27 PM
    I did a 6.5 gallon boil, which left me with just about 5 by the time I was done - no topping
    off. This is why I was puzzled. It is a new hydrometer, perhaps it is off. Thanks for the
    advice everyone!R...

  • Posted in thread: Low starting gravity on 11-01-2010 at 04:44 AM
    Hello, I've just brewed an english pub ale (extract) from the recipe section. The recipe showed
    it should have about 1.035 - 1.040 OG, mine came out as 1.028. I did a full boil, but I did
    convert from...