TxBigHops

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11-30-2009

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09-03-2015 7:16 PM

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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: Bell's Two Hearted Ale Clone (close as they come) on 09-03-2015 at 06:46 PM
    I'm going to brew this weekend. After reading a few pages of this thread there are a lot of
    different yeast suggestions. I have access to S-05 and Nottingham. Any suggestions on which I
    should go with...

  • Posted in thread: Inkbird itc-308? $35 gets you wired, 2 stage temp controller. on 09-03-2015 at 06:22 PM
    You don't put your probe in the beer. You put the probe in a jug of water that also sits in the
    fridge.Why would I care about the temperature of a jug of water while my beer is fermenting?

  • Posted in thread: Son/Mother of Fermentation Ice Bottle Recipes? Does it Scientifically matter? on 08-31-2015 at 06:37 PM
    Curiously following this. I currently use frozen 20 oz bottles in my swamp cooler. Would be
    happy to add some alcohol if it would help the swamp cooler to stay cool longer. You say it
    freezes anything...

  • Posted in thread: Utah Biodiesel Corny Keg Dry Hop Filter? on 08-30-2015 at 03:25 PM
    If the hops are that tightly packed, do you think they're doing much for the beer?
    :drunk:Cheers!Excellent point. Just one more reason why this thing needs to go back.

  • Posted in thread: Utah Biodiesel Corny Keg Dry Hop Filter? on 08-29-2015 at 10:33 PM
    For those of you using the Utah Filter / Utah Biodiesel Supply corny key dry hop filter ... are
    you having problems with the lid attaching firmly?I have used mine a few times, and for the
    life of me, ...

  • Posted in thread: Pliny the Elder Clone on 08-28-2015 at 10:44 PM
    Tx, I usually start fermentation at 65F for day 1 then drop to 61F for other 3. Go to 65F on
    day 5. I'm still playing with it.I'll put an 8 lb bag of ice, in the cooler water bath, on day1
    just to get...

  • Posted in thread: Pliny the Elder Clone on 08-28-2015 at 12:52 AM
    That's a very good question! I've thought about it, but I prefer to keep the bucket sealed.
    Almost every beer I make is sampled by LHBS guys. They have not detected any off flavors as of
    yet. They mos...

  • Posted in thread: Pliny the Elder Clone on 08-27-2015 at 11:50 PM
    In the picture of mine, one sees the temp controller, SCT1000. The T/C is in kettle with the
    fermenter bucket and filled to the rim with water. I have a Home Depot bought fountain pump
    with tubing goi...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2015? on 08-27-2015 at 11:16 PM
    Just spotted this. In Jan - 5 gals Wheat APAIn Fed - 5 gals Zombie Dust cloneRight now in
    primary - 5 gals Union Jack clone12673 +5 +5 +5 = 12688.Two more to add4 gals English brown5
    gallons War Pigs ...

  • Posted in thread: WLP070 Bourbon yeast for a English Barleywine. What do you think? on 08-26-2015 at 12:35 AM
    I just racked my second batch using this yeast recently. I tried to learn from the mistakes I
    made the first time around. OG was 1.095, I started fermentation in my bottling bucket, then
    after about 2...

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Bottled 2014: Imp Red Ale, Centennial Blonde, Enohcs Award Winning IPA Bottled 2015: American Wheat Pale Ale, Zombie Dust clone, FW Union Jack clone, small English brown, War Pigs RIS Secondary: empty Primary: empty On Deck: a DIPA, NW Red Ale, German Hefe
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