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    ABOUT ME

  • Fishing (Walleye,Pike,Bass),Lure Painting,College Hockey,Log Furniture Making,Brewing (Of Course!)
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  • 2 years in the hobby: 4 extract batches, 4 partial mashes, and 20+ all grain. I use a BIAB approach for my AG brewing. I really enjoy brewing Belgians, high gravity stouts, German hybrids (Kolsch & Alt), British Bitters, and Hoppy USA beers. Starting to make some wine batches too. 1 Kit (Pinot Noir), 1 fruit, and 2 Apfelwein.
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  • Ramsey & Akeley
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  • Posted in thread: Cider isn't clearing, too late for pectin enzyme? on 05-05-2015 at 05:07 PM
    My unfiltered cider we just finished up never did clear (most sat in our fridge for 3-4
    months). But it wasn't yeast in suspension, it was from the apples. Tasted really good and I
    had no desire for i...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone ever brewed with pine needles? on 05-04-2015 at 04:49 PM
    Do you have the recipe?Surely, here it is. Spruced Winter Warmer14 lbs Pale malt4 oz chocolate
    malt4 oz C404 oz C804 oz Special BChinook, 1 oz FWH, 1 oz @ 10 minute4 oz spuce tips @ 10 min,
    3 oz spruc...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone ever brewed with pine needles? on 05-04-2015 at 03:16 PM
    I made a winter warmer (lightly spiced) last August. Sad I only have about 8 left. But we
    harvested the freshly sprouted tips from white spruce. They were a very light green and very
    soft. So I think ...

  • Posted in thread: Get wine taste out of fermenter on 05-01-2015 at 05:25 PM
    Agree, all of my buckets get a 24 hour soak of Oxy-Clean Free. I use the same buckets for wine
    and beer. Never had a problem with beer picking up wine accents. Heavily hopped beers create
    more problem...

  • Posted in thread: Which kind of base malt should I buy? on 05-01-2015 at 05:15 PM
    Eventually I think you should try all of the bases. I've kind of gone in this order: US 2-row,
    Pilsner, US Pale (kilned a little higher), Marris Otter, and Vienna. After brewing multiple
    beers with th...

  • Posted in thread: First lager mishaps; or, How Screwed Am I? on 05-01-2015 at 05:00 PM
    Agree with others. Also I think you want to temper your expectations on recreating an American
    Light Lager. Its both silly and frustrating that what we perceive to be a commodity type beer
    is also one...

  • Posted in thread: When using fresh liquid yeast why should I make a starter? on 05-01-2015 at 01:19 PM
    I would say try making starters for your next 3 brews and compare vs vial only pitches. Then
    you have your own data set. I would be surprised if you determined that starters were not
    beneficial. I wou...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast 101 for a noob on 04-30-2015 at 07:04 PM
    Hey Hugh Brew, welcome!The 2 major liquid yeast providers have excellent descriptions and stats
    about their yeast strains. I would think that Fermentis, Danstar, etc have similar listings for
    their dr...

  • Posted in thread: Help, added yeast by mistake to finished wine on 04-30-2015 at 01:18 PM
    Welcome to the forums first of all! I really don't think 1/2 tsp of yeast (which probably
    doubled with the sugar) is enough to cause any issues of decomposition flavors. Think about the
    clearing proce...

  • Posted in thread: Bohemian Pilsner - what to do? High OG on 04-28-2015 at 02:18 PM
    I wouldn't dilute after the fermentation starts. I guess I'd roll with the 1.071 beer and lager
    longer. Should be tasty assuming you pitched a crap load of yeast.If you have a 6.5 gallon
    bucket, you c...

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Primary #1: Empty #2: Empty Secondary #1: Berry Rhubarb Wine #2: Black Currant Wine #3: Ice Shanty Bock Kegged: Border Crossing Vienna Bottles: 2H IPA III, Carmel Apple Cider, Spruced Winter Warmer, Big 50 Barleywine, Framboise Lambic, Dark Belgian Strong, Russian Imperial Stout, Sparkling Elderflower Wine, Barolo Wine, On Deck: ??
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