Rugrad02

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02-23-2012

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08-11-2014 8:07 AM

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    ABOUT ME

  • Homebrewing,playing banjo,surfing,bowhunting
  • Old Time music, bluegrass, folk, rock, reggae.
  • I brewed my first beer in March of 2003 and have been hooked since. I have made some great beers and some okay beers. For years I brewed extract batches exclusively but have made the plunge into all grain brewing. It is not near as daunting as I once thought it was. I enjoy continuing my education in the brewing process, something that hasn't stopped since day one. I don't see myself going back to making extract or kit beers.
  • Belgian Dubbel
    Saison
    Oyster Stout
  • Belgian Wit
  • -Scottish 80/-
    - Stout
    - Rye PA
    - ESEB, Extra Special, Extra Bitter
  • Male
  • Married
  • Wilmington, NC
  • North Carolina

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: Brett L starter tastes sour!!! on 05-05-2014 at 09:04 PM
    Hey everyone,I posted this question to the Milk The Funk Facebook page and wanted to get a few
    more opinions. For the past months, I've been dabbling in all Brett beers using Brett B and
    Brett B Trois...

  • Posted in thread: Do I need a ball valve on a chugger pump? on 05-03-2014 at 01:17 AM
    I should have mentioned that I am batch sparging. I use a double batch sparge method. I'm just
    tired of lifting a keg full of hot water. I guess I could get away without a ball valve as my
    goal is to ...

  • Posted in thread: Do I need a ball valve on a chugger pump? on 05-03-2014 at 12:43 AM
    Hey everyone ,I'm in the process of getting my hands on a chugger pump for use only to transfer
    my hot sparge water into my mash tun. I use a keggle as a sparge water tank which has a 1/2
    ball valve. ...

  • Posted in thread: Is an IPA suppose it look like this? on 04-30-2014 at 02:41 AM
    Also, try to cool that thing down if you can. It looks to be around 78? Not sure what yeast
    you're using but 78 will cause some off flavors if it's an ale yeast. The process of
    fermentation will also ...

  • Posted in thread: Is an IPA suppose it look like this? on 04-30-2014 at 02:34 AM
    It's normal for yeast and hops to settle to the bottom before fermentation. I bet by tomorrow
    morning all that stuff will be churning. I would definitely be concerned with your lack of
    headspace. You ...

  • Posted in thread: Suggestions to prevent homebrew twang in next batch on 04-28-2014 at 04:54 PM
    Have you looked at mash pH? I know many brewers aim for a room temperature mash of 5.2 but I
    find that a bit low for my taste. If it gets too low, in the 4s, pH can cause that twang, a
    sort of thin ta...

  • Posted in thread: Ammonia odor from yeast nutrient? on 04-19-2014 at 11:28 PM
    I believe many if not most yeast nutrients contain food grad urea. I'm not sure from what
    source but this also could account for the urine/ammonia smell. Nothing to worry about as it
    quickly precipita...

  • Posted in thread: Windsor Ale Yeast, odd fermentation. on 04-15-2014 at 05:18 PM
    Cool! Thanks for the info! I found where you had a similar lull in activity, though mine
    appears to have been a bit longer at roughly 14 days from no activity to restarting of
    fermentation.I read that...

  • Posted in thread: Windsor Ale Yeast, odd fermentation. on 04-15-2014 at 02:06 PM
    I pitched a rehydrated packet of Windsor Ale yeast into a 1.059 British Bitter wort on 3/28.
    Fermentation started rather quickly. The ferm temp had risen higher than expected overnight and
    I dropped i...

  • Posted in thread: Rack to secondary or not? Too late? on 04-10-2014 at 07:42 PM
    Awesome info. Thanks for sharing. A lot of folks seem to rack to secondary for fruit additions.
    Would it be alright then to dump the fruit in the primary fermenter?

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