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  • I am a Information services network services analyst and have boy/girl twins. I have not drank alcohol in years, but recently had a few craft brews at a friends birthday party and became captivated by the complexity and taste. I have sampled many craft brews and started to study beer and I am picking this up as a hobby. I just started the fermentation of my first 5 gallon wort yesterday and am excited about learning how to make incredible homemade brew.
  • Technology,swimming,brewing
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  • Dexter, that is an easy one!
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  • I just started brewing my first batch from a kit called True Brew "Oktoberfest", to learn the basics. I had good results brewing wine 10 years ago, but do not do that anymore since I really don't like wine. I liked the challenge and my wife likes it. She doesn't drink it enough any more and with kids we just kind of stopped making it. I never drank it. I have all the setup and things I need to do 5 gallon batches of home brew, and with one more bucket I could have two batches brewing at once. I haven't had alcohol in years and became fascinated with the taste, potential possibilities, and challenge.
  • I would like to brew full flavored, full bodied beer with an IBU less than 80. I do not like the IPA's a whole lot yet. My favorite right now are the porters and stouts. I especially enjoy the chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and milk stouts as well as the full bodied marzen's, octoberfests, and some deeper ale's such as Highland gaelic american and red ales. Most of my brews aim to be like Founders breakfast stout, or peg leg imperial stouts, or flying dog gonzo stouts, or highland gaelic ale, or Duck Rabbit Marzen's, etc.
  • True Brew Oktober fest, just to learn the basics.
  • nothing, but soon will be my oktoberfest to bottle
  • Only wines in the past, never beer, so I am very excited about learning and sharing what I learn and looking to learn a lot here hopefully and meet some good friends in this hobby.
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  • Posted in thread: Founder's Breakfast Stout Clone on 09-05-2011 at 01:21 PM
    This turned out very good. My friend did 10 gal and I did 5 gal. We both went a step further
    and bourbon oaked in the secondary. I can tell you that he did not add coffe at bottling, and I
    did, and in...

  • Posted in thread: Founder's Breakfast Stout Clone on 06-04-2011 at 03:48 AM
    Oh, so I just realized you haven't brewed it yet. Check the mash efficiency in beer smith, and
    if you think yours might be low, go a touch higher with your base malt. Mine turned out great
    using 18.5 ...

  • Posted in thread: Founder's Breakfast Stout Clone on 06-04-2011 at 03:45 AM
    Hi Big Red! Ok, so I decided to check the forums tonight, because I moved this recipe from the
    secondary to the bottling bucket tonight. I was going to keg it, but decided I am going to
    bottle it, so ...

  • Posted in thread: Trub and loss! on 05-15-2011 at 12:50 PM
    Oh, and the beer is amazing, it is a red ale IPA dry hopped and just amazing. Tried it flat, so
    in a few weeks i hope it wins a contest at foothills warthawgs brew meeting! I have a breakfast
    stout st...

  • Posted in thread: Trub and loss! on 05-15-2011 at 12:47 PM
    I think I know another slight problem which sounds weird. I move my primary and secondary.
    Slowly as not to disturb the bed before siphoning, and this could fluff up the sediment bottom
    a little which...

  • Posted in thread: Trub and loss! on 05-15-2011 at 12:44 PM
    Thanks so much for all the posts. I am sorry I didn't respond sooner. I went out of town and
    forgot the power cord for my laptop. I had started with a 6.5 gal boil, dumped all the boil and
    trub into p...

  • Posted in thread: Trub and loss! on 05-11-2011 at 03:27 AM
    So, when your boil is over, and you have trub in the bottom of the boil pot, do you siphon the
    cooled wort to the primary leaving the trub and hops behind? This would lessen my trub amount,
    but I wond...

  • Posted in thread: Trub and loss! on 05-11-2011 at 03:08 AM
    Hi all, So I moved to all grain and brewed a founders breakfast stout clone, a smash with
    cascade hops, and a red ale IPA. One thing seemingly obvious is there is a lot more trub loss
    with all grain, ...

  • Posted in thread: Founder's Breakfast Stout Clone on 04-28-2011 at 01:17 AM
    Moved mine to the secondary a few nights ago. OG was also 1.083 and the final was 1.023 and was
    like motor oil. I am fairly new to all grain, so I was a little surprised at how much trub
    there was, bu...

  • Posted in thread: ah, all done.. SMASH recipe on 04-22-2011 at 03:43 PM
    Ah - you almost had a SMaSH then. AND, I still have three of the one gallons, and it is the
    same smash (eng 2 row and amarillo) with two using safeale04 and one with 05. So hopefully I
    can tell the di...