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  • Chico, CA
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  • First brew day way Sunday, March 9th, 2008 and did an extract Pale Ale. Since that momentus occasion, I've gone from extract brewing to low-budget all grain, and finally to a 10 gallon all grain setup. At this point I have no brew stand, but I do have a march pump, a pretty nice HLT and boil kettle made from old kegs. I've got an old fridge from craigslist that serves as my kegerator, and have made a large fermentation chamber from a small fridge. All grain has been a lot of fun, and I really do enjoy the freedom in recipe design, and also the challenge to develop my own recipes. With all the equipment changes of the past year, I'm finally at a point where I'm happy with my setup. Of course there are always more things to buy, but I've got my core equipment for the next year or so. The next step is to build or buy a brew stand...after I settle on a design of course.
  • Brewing Hiatus is OVER! We've had a few cooler days in the past month so I've taken adavantage and brewed up some light beers; Kolsch and my new recipe New World Wheat. When I have room in the fermenter and kegerator I'll be brewing up my Imperial IPA, Brown Ale, and then into some lagers. I've never done a lager, but I want to wait until I can just ferment them in my garage.
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  • Posted in thread: Summer Citrus Wheat on 10-22-2012 at 09:53 PM
    Did not turn out well. Way too dark and kinda watery.Too dark? Interesting, since there's
    nothing but light malt in this one.

  • Posted in thread: Summer Citrus Wheat on 06-06-2012 at 10:04 PM
    It'll easily be ready by 7/4! @EllisTx, that's an awesome looking beer...making me thirsty!

  • Posted in thread: Mini-Fridge Fermentation Chiller Project on 08-29-2011 at 03:57 PM
    I no longer have the setup, but I sold it and to my knowledge it's still working fine. I built
    the chamber in such a way that the fridge could be pulled out and replaced with another unit.
    It would ge...

  • Posted in thread: sonnet hops on 11-07-2010 at 05:01 PM
    I'm brewing up an ESB today, and also throwing in some Sonnet's to experiment. I expect it to
    be something like Fuggles/Golding/Willamette, which should go perfect in the recipe below. This
    recipe is ...

  • Posted in thread: Show Me Your Wood Brew Sculpture/Rig on 10-26-2010 at 01:58 AM
    Here's my wooden rig that I built this weekend. She's ugly, but should get the job done. I
    can't wait to break it in! beg to differ my friend. Anything built for the purpose of brewing
    is a thing of ...

  • Posted in thread: So who's brewing this weekend? on 10-16-2010 at 06:28 AM
    I'm brewing up a boring ole wheat tomorrow, but it's kind of like the potato of my kegerator.
    I've got a super malty and roasty brown ale, an 8.2% extra IPA, and a 6% Blackheart stout on
    tap now. I fi...

  • Posted in thread: Deep Six Brewery - back in action! on 10-12-2010 at 11:03 PM
    Thumbs up on the rough finish! I think it goes well with the paneling and will add a bit of
    character to the "newness" of the rest of your space.

  • Posted in thread: Fermenting in stainless vs. plastic on 09-30-2010 at 10:48 PM
    I ferment in Sanke Kegs (15.5g), and I love it. I built a keg washer out of a pond pump, some
    PVC and a bucket. Pour in some hot water, some PBW cleaner, and let it run for about an hour.
    After that, ...

  • Posted in thread: Summer Citrus Wheat on 09-23-2010 at 02:36 AM
    I too have seen variations in the clarity and body of this beer. I chalk it up to different
    mash temps, variation in the boil, or variation in the yeast. I try to keep all of those
    factors constant bu...

  • Posted in thread: West Coast IPA on 09-07-2010 at 03:45 PM
    I didnt even notice your from Chico too. Awesome, probably seen you at the HBS and never knew
    it. Solid recipe. Im going to do this again soon but with at least 2oz for dry hops. The 1.5oz
    wasnt quite...

Fermenting: ESB Kegged: Extra IPA, Brown Ale, American Wheat, Blackheart Stout Coming Up: Dunkleweizen, 3C Pale Ale DIY Fermentation Chamber More Brew Stuff
October 6, 2008  •  07:01 PM
Amigo! Well, my last brew (the Belgian Strong Golden Ale) was very nice. I drank all but 12 bottles, which I am aging until December. By then, it should develop a nice, rich, complex flavor--yum!! I have a quasi-oktoberfest that is bottled and will be ready a week from this Friday. It is basically a clone of Spaten's Optimator, but with a German ale yeast instead of the "correct" lager yeast. Before I bottled all of it, I tried a bit and it has a great flavor! Can't wait till it's finished! So y