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  • Brewing,obviously
  • Production peon
  • I had been interested in home brewing for years, but just never took the plunge. This past winter our LHBS had beginner classes in both beer and wine making. We went to both, I picked up some used equipment on Craigslist and started. Pretty basic setup. Plastic fermenters, glass carboys, propane turkey fryer burner and a plastic cooler converted to a mash tun.
  • American Wheat, Oktoberfest Ale, more Mac and Jack's, Eventually a lambic
  • Whatever I last brewed
  • I don't usually secondary except for wines and ciders, or fruit beers or a really big beer.
  • Some of what I last fermented
  • What I last fermented
  • Married
  • Strum
  • WI


  • Posted in thread: My plans for converting to electric, what do you think? on 10-30-2014 at 03:53 PM
    I think you will want a simple controller for your boil. What I did is buy an SSVR (auberins
    has them for $26.50) and a heat sink and put them in a small box. I also added a contactor and
    a light swit...

  • Posted in thread: Some Questions About the All Grain Jump on 10-28-2014 at 05:46 PM
    I have done full boils for five gallon batches on a glass top stove with an eight gallon stock
    pot. But I also use a 2000 watt heatstick. No problem with the glass top on the stove but if
    you have a b...

  • Posted in thread: Why do large (10+ gallon) batches? on 10-28-2014 at 03:40 PM
    It really doesn't take any longer to brew ten gallons than five so if it is a beer you really
    like, why not?

  • Posted in thread: Help -> All Grain Newbie on 10-23-2014 at 05:41 PM
    As has been mentioned, your mash temperature is too high. You should check out the Recipe
    Database and see what mash temperatures people are using for the types of beer you want to
    brew. That will giv...

  • Posted in thread: Milwaukee on 10-16-2014 at 12:52 AM
    If you like Belgian beers check out the Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa. A great selection of beers
    and their mussels are really tasty.

  • Posted in thread: Fermenting sauerkraut risk of contaminating beer equipment? on 10-16-2014 at 12:16 AM
    As long as you aren't making the kraut in your bottling bucket I don't think there should be a
    problem. That being said if there are no other pressing projects on the horizon a hazmat room
    that would ...

  • Posted in thread: Max's last call; Lager yeast for this Amber Ale??? on 10-09-2014 at 07:30 PM
    WLP810, which this recipe calls for is the California Common strain. It can ferment up to 65
    degrees and give a beer lager characteristics or can be used at lager temperatures for a true
    lager. Rather...

  • Posted in thread: What is the worst ingredient you have ever added? on 10-08-2014 at 04:48 PM
    Molasses. I only added 4-6 oz to a five gallon batch of Porter but once the sugars are
    fermented out the residual flavor was not at all what I was hoping for. I also added some
    sucralose to a batch of...

  • Posted in thread: Electric Brewery setup question on 10-07-2014 at 04:07 PM
    Just tell her you are planning on brewing in the kitchen. That will make the laundry room look
    like a better option. :D

  • Posted in thread: HERMS coil? on 10-07-2014 at 03:41 PM
    I was planing on using a 3/8x25' coil for my system. It was an old copper immersion chiller I
    got in the deal when I purchased some kegging equipment from someone getting out of brewing.
    Being as I al...

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