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02-04-2008

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    ABOUT ME

  • Howard County, MD
  • Running,Guitar,Homebrewing
  • Alt-Country, Classic Rock, 70's, 80's
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  • In the mid-80's, brewed 2 terrible batches while in college with pre-hopped extract.

    Started brewing again in November 2007 (just in time for the hops shortage).

    Over past 3 months went from 4 gallon brewpot to 7.5 gallon aluminum turkey fryer to 10 gallon SS. Outgrew stove and now using propane turkey fryer burner. Homemade Immersion Chiller (ain't pretty, but it works). Currently still using Extracts with steeping grains but looking to move to AG in the Spring.

    5 batches of Ales under my belt so far, consistently improving.

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: Sound the horns: Dumping a batch on 09-07-2013 at 06:14 PM
    I love S05 for most beers but i've found that peach flavor can be quite overpowering in light
    beers fermented on the cold side (low 60s). For some reason this yeast seems cleaner in the
    high 60s. Beha...

  • Posted in thread: Check your thermometers! on 09-21-2008 at 12:15 AM
    Make sure you have good batteries in your digital. I had a batch right before my digital
    thermometer's batteries died and I way missed my efficiency due to inaccurate readings. Put in
    new batteries an...

  • Posted in thread: Racking technique to Bottling Bucket for clarity? on 06-24-2008 at 01:56 AM
    The 2" off the bottom seems like a good idea, especially when moving primary to secondary.I had
    a feeling there was a better way than what I have been doing, dropping the autosiphon all the
    way down. ...

  • Posted in thread: Racking technique to Bottling Bucket for clarity? on 06-23-2008 at 09:30 PM
    I always use the hop bag over the racking cane when filtering out dry hops, but never when dry
    hops weren't present. Makes sense, I will try using for others to filter out yeast.Your comment
    of puttin...

  • Posted in thread: Racking technique to Bottling Bucket for clarity? on 06-23-2008 at 08:10 PM
    What techniques do people use with an autosiphon to transfer from the secondary to the bottling
    bucket to ensure the most clarity? Do you put the autosiphon all the way to the bottom, pump
    and let go?...

  • Posted in thread: Are whole leaf hop worth the trouble on 04-28-2008 at 04:59 PM
    I've been using whole leaf hops from Freshops just thrown in the wort. After cooling, I use an
    autosiphon without any filter on the end to get as much wort into my ale pail as possible. I
    have to clea...

  • Posted in thread: Tangy Taste on 04-17-2008 at 01:20 PM
    Full boils and patience seem to have gotten rid of my "extract twang." I noticed a twang in the
    first 4-6 weeks of my early partial wort boils, but after about 2 months of aging the twang
    seems minimi...

  • Posted in thread: Wort from kettle to primary technique on 04-16-2008 at 07:12 PM
    Is there an advantage in using a stainless steel veggie strainer over a nylon 5 gal paint
    strainer (other than it lasting longer)? Better aeration? If you use a strainer is that the
    only aeration?

  • Posted in thread: Wort from kettle to primary technique on 04-16-2008 at 07:10 PM
    bradsul- I've never had much luck with the whirlpooling. I read the wiki and did what I thought
    was spec, but my autosiphon clogged immediately. I then tried putting a hop bag over the end of
    the auto...

  • Posted in thread: Wort from kettle to primary technique on 04-16-2008 at 03:31 PM
    Getting the wort from the kettle to the primary (leaving the trub behind) has been the most
    trouble I've had in my homebrewing. I've been mainly using leaf hops (about 3oz per 5gallon
    batch), and I've...

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