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  • I started by loving, and spending too much money on beer. I was inquisitive about the process, and not wanting to 'cheap out', I skipped the extract stage and got right into all-grain. Started out with a 6.5gal food bucket modified very cheaply with a copper pipe and some vinyl tube as a seal (mash tun) - I wrapped it in a towel, tin foil, and duct tape...didn't lose a degree but it drained too slow. I just built a cooler mash tun and am looking forward to trying it. Within 3 weeks of me deciding I was going to brew, I had built and amassed all of my equipment, and now have 15gallons brewing over 4 different batches!
  • I would like to buy some Belgian pils malt and 2-row and a bunch of wheat and play around with some witbeers, and various bocks. I'd love to make an Aventinus clone, and my dream beer is a Fin Du Monde clone. I'd also love to do a Blanche de Chambly attmept. I am a definite Quebec-o-phile, and love many many of the beers coming out of that region. Especially Unibroue.
  • - Canadian Winter Warmer (Samuel Smith WW spinoff)
    - 2-Row/Cascade ~SMaSH (some grain lightly toasted)
    - Blanche de Crap
    - Brown Streak nutbrown ale
  • - Wayne 1's 'Vail Pale Ale' (dry hopped with an Oz of local Cascade)
    - Rye Pale Ale
    - Fuggles/MO SMaSH
    - Dark oatmeal stout (likely too dark)
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  • Posted in thread: Dumping Entire Wort into Fermenter? on 11-30-2012 at 11:10 PM
    Sorry to bump an old post but this is something I would love to hear more opinions on. After a
    solid year of all-grain brewing I am still not getting the results I'd like. I am making some

  • Posted in thread: Hallertau SMASH? on 01-16-2012 at 04:19 PM
    Thanks for the tip, Bob. I'm definitely with you re: the awesomeness of simple, SMASH beers. I
    just wasn't sure about Hall. with 2-row. As I don't have much experience with the hop, I wanted
    to make s...

  • Posted in thread: Hallertau SMASH? on 01-16-2012 at 02:59 PM
    Hey folks,I have a day off to brew and was thinking about working with what little ingredients
    I have around.For Christmas I got about 10oz of fresh, organic Hallertau buds and I was
    thinking about br...

  • Posted in thread: Winter ale ready for Christmas? on 12-29-2011 at 04:55 AM
    Well, I've been sipping away at this beer pretty regularly now. The molasses is coming through
    more and more, but I'm enjoying the flavour. Certainly not overpowering. I hope I can be strong
    and save ...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2011? on 12-29-2011 at 04:53 AM
    +5 Creemore Springs clone= 46867

  • Posted in thread: Flaked Rye (IPA recipe) on 12-21-2011 at 04:12 AM
    yeah, i was working with the bottom of my 55lb bag and was sure i had at least 10lbs in there.
    I guess my eye isn't a very good measure. In any case, I cut back on the c-60. I'll go ahead
    with the rye...

  • Posted in thread: Winter ale ready for Christmas? on 12-21-2011 at 02:07 AM
    I caved and cracked a bottle tonight, one week after bottling. It is a really nice beer. Poured
    a crystal-clear, reddish brown and tasted sweet and malty. If anyone has tried Upper Canada
    Dark, it had...

  • Posted in thread: Flaked Rye (IPA recipe) on 12-21-2011 at 01:46 AM
    Hey gang, I've busted up the following for a brew day tomorrow - hoping for a nice IPA.8lbs
    2-row1.2lbs Crystal 600.5lbs Crystal 20I have some really nice flaked rye here and I was
    thinking about usin...

  • Posted in thread: Am I crazy, jumping in so fast? on 12-14-2011 at 04:57 AM
    If you love it, you'll do a fine job. It sounds like you're really into it and you've had some
    success and in my mind there is no reason to ever feel as though you have to start with
    extract-brewing o...

  • Posted in thread: First batch from scratch...wrong yeast? on 12-11-2011 at 05:58 PM
    Hey man, it looks like you did most things correctly. You didn't get an infection and, in the
    end, you made some beer. Don't get too down on yourself just because it doesn't taste perfect.
    You'll defi...