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  • Austin, TX
  • Homebrewing,muzzleloading,fishiing,etc
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  • John L. Hansen
  • I started homebrewing about 7 years ago. My first batch was made at the request of my wife who remembered a beer she had enjoyed in college called Little Kings Cream Ale. I still do that one on a regular basis. My personal favorites are Belgian Ales. All my brewing is done as a mini-mash. As of 2010 we got away from fermenting buckets and bought a 14.5 gallon conical fermenter.
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  • Posted in thread: Apple Ephemere Clone Attempt on 08-01-2013 at 02:06 PM
    The only suggestion I'd make it is to look closely at the amount of hops you are using. It
    takes surprisingly little bittering to completely overpower the apple flavor. I used Strissel
    Spalt hops for ...

  • Posted in thread: Apple Ephemere Clone Attempt on 09-22-2012 at 03:13 PM
    Still one of my favorite brews although I haven't made it in a while. Might be next up on the

  • Posted in thread: Or Trade Austin, TX Area...10 gal stainless brewpot complete with thermometer & valve on 07-11-2012 at 07:04 PM
    Here's the deal, we recently moved to the country and I now have a nice big metal building in
    which to do my brewing. A nice big unairconditioned metal building that is. It gets hot out
    there and the ...

  • Posted in thread: Adding fruit using hop bag vs Secondary? on 03-22-2012 at 05:48 PM
    Your plan sounds good for the most part. I'd avoid the Star San and go with the vodka. Vodka
    has no flavor of its own so it won't change the flavor of the beer if a little gets added to
    the wort. I'd ...

  • Posted in thread: Apple Ephemere Clone Attempt on 02-07-2012 at 09:44 PM
    I consider primary fermentation over when the airlock is down to one bubble about every 30
    seconds. I think you will find that the addition of the apples (or cherries or whatever fruit
    you decide to t...

  • Posted in thread: Apple Ephemere Clone Attempt on 02-07-2012 at 04:43 AM
    Belgian beers are normally brewed at room temp. That's what I do. My house is fairly well
    insulated and we maintain the temp at around 70 F in the winter and 76 F in the summer months.
    I really don't ...

  • Posted in thread: Sour note last 2 batches of Belgian Ale on 09-22-2011 at 08:59 PM
    Many Belgian beers tend to have a bit of a sour taste. Letting it age for a few weeks can make
    a difference. Going for a little cooler fermentation temp would probably help too.John

  • Posted in thread: My First Lager, fermenation question on 09-22-2011 at 08:52 PM
    Which yeast did they give you with that kit? It does sound like you are headed for a steam
    beer, not that there's anything wrong with them.John

  • Posted in thread: Which Yeast on 09-22-2011 at 08:47 PM
    I'd suggest going with the White Labs Edinburgh.John

  • Posted in thread: Beer left sitting for months in primary on 10-08-2010 at 02:56 AM
    If the beer has been sealed in a fermentor so that no outside air can get inside, then I'd say
    go ahead and bottle or keg as you usually do. Otherwise, I'd suggest that you draw off a sample
    and have ...

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