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11-30-2009

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09-30-2016 3:02 AM

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    ABOUT ME

  • golf,motorcycling,fantasy sports,poker,and BEER!
  • Accountant
  • David
  • Blues, Classic Rock, Progressive Hard Rock
  • Rogue Brewers
  • Started brewing in 2009. I brewed two batches with a friend who has brewing equipment and years of experience. We brewed a Bells Two Hearted Ale clone that came out great, and a Red Ale that was mostly way over carbed. I don't believe that beer was finished when it was bottled. My friend brews more by the seat of his pants, whereas I'm a bit more detail oriented. So I started to collect my own equipment, then got side tracked for a couple of years. Finally late in 2013 I got the bug again, bought the rest of what I needed, and brewed 3 extract recipes in early 2014. I made lots of mistakes, but each brew was better than the last. This year (2015) I'm tackling all grain brewing. Very excited about advancing my skills and improving my beers. Could not have done any of this without HBT. This community is awesome!
  • Ambitious schedule for 2015. Wheat APA brewed in Jan. is in the bottle. Feb brew is a Zombie Dust clone. Later this spring I will tackle a high gravity RIS, and will parti-Gyle a Brown from the second runnings. I'm also planning to brew another IPA and a double IPA. That should hold me until next fall/winter. It's too hot to brew in Houston in the summer.
  • War Pigs RIS, small English Brown.
  • empty
  • 2014: Imperial Red Ale, Biermunchers Centennial Blonde, Enohcs IPA.rn2015: Wheat APA, Zombie Dust clone, Union Jack clone.
  • Male
  • Married
  • Houston
  • Texas

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: "Northeast" style IPA on 09-27-2016 at 07:02 PM
    I'd like to talk about color. Has anyone else had trouble getting that vibrant orange burst of
    color that these beers are known for? Below I have posted a glass of Julius next to my own NE
    IPA which I...

  • Posted in thread: Russian Imperial Stout (2011 HBT Competition Category Winner) on 09-26-2016 at 07:05 PM
    What should my FG be?YOUR FG will be entirely dependent on your recipe, fermentation temps,
    amount of healthy yeast that you pitch, and many other factors. The recipe in the OP states an
    expected FG o...

  • Posted in thread: Russian Imperial Stout (2011 HBT Competition Category Winner) on 09-22-2016 at 10:40 PM
    Awesome! I'm happy to hear that..I have a new question.. I brewed this July 3rd, and Transfered
    to secondary a month later around Aug 8. Now I'm wondering when I should go to bottle and if I
    need to w...

  • Posted in thread: System won't hold co2. Help me diagnose on 09-22-2016 at 03:28 PM
    I would suggest checking the pressure relief valve, as this can sometimes get stuck. However it
    sounds like you are shutting off the valve on the tank itself, so nothing should really be
    escapingCorre...

  • Posted in thread: System won't hold co2. Help me diagnose on 09-22-2016 at 03:07 AM
    I'm new to kegging, and I think I understand how all the connections and such work, but this
    one has me stumped. How can a brand new bottle leak it's entire contents in 24 hours with the
    main valve tu...

  • Posted in thread: Miller Lite (Really Triple Hopped) on 09-20-2016 at 01:39 AM
    Where are you at with your beer?We racked it out of the fermenter on Saturday afternoon. Sorry,
    I should have taken some pics. 5 gal into a keg, 10 into two carboys, and all went into the
    cooler to be...

  • Posted in thread: the necessity of starters (or lack thereof?) on 09-13-2016 at 10:46 PM
    I am a big believer in starters. When I first started brewing, I sometimes had issues with slow
    fermentations. After I switched to starters, I never had that problem again. In my experience,
    I've gott...

  • Posted in thread: "Northeast" style IPA on 09-13-2016 at 10:13 PM
    Quick summary on my process:Mash in Bag, 3 gallon fermenter volume, OG: 1.065, FG 1.0117 lb,
    Maris Otter Pale, 87.5%5 oz, Flaked Oats, 3.9%5 oz, Flaked Barley, 3.9%3 oz, American - White
    Wheat, 2.3%3 ...

  • Posted in thread: the necessity of starters (or lack thereof?) on 09-13-2016 at 10:03 PM
    Wouldn't the high temps of the pressure cooker kill the yeast?At that point, it's just wort. He
    hasn't pitched the yeast yet.

  • Posted in thread: "Northeast" style IPA on 09-10-2016 at 03:31 PM
    Hi, I definitely agree with it being possible oxidation. The other day when I was transferring
    from my fermenter to hopping keg i filled a large glass with some of the left over beer from
    the fermente...

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Bottled 2015: American Wheat Pale Ale, Zombie Dust clone, Union Jack clone, dark English mild, War Pigs RIS, Yellow Rose clone, NW Red Ale/Christmas Ale, Bee Cave Bav Hefe Bottled 2016: Frankenweizen (dark hoppy wheat beer), Sunny D-Lite Session IPA, Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Texas Sunrise (NE IPA), Bav Hefe, Kelly Light Blonde Primary: Texas Sunrise v2 On Deck: Red IPA, Brad's Citra Pale Ale
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