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Forum: Extract Brewing 09-27-2010, 10:02 PM
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Posted By thorson138
Question on my finished product...

Hey all. I have my houblonmonstre triple IPA bottled on the 17th this month. They have been bottle conditioning since then in my closet at 70-72 degrees. I put a couple in the fridge the other day to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-22-2010, 10:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,470
Posted By thorson138
Thanks for the insights everyone. I put one of...

Thanks for the insights everyone. I put one of these in the fridge an hour or so ago and just got done drinking my first ever homebrew! I am happy with the rsults. It has not really carbed up yet and...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-20-2010, 09:11 PM
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Posted By thorson138
Just an update... I bottled this batch a couple...

Just an update... I bottled this batch a couple days ago. The gravity had been stable and the taste was good, so I went ahead and made up a priming solution of 16oz water and a little under 2/3 cup...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-14-2010, 11:07 PM
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Posted By thorson138
hey folks! I took a sample of this beer to test...

hey folks! I took a sample of this beer to test the gravity and taste this evening.

The gravity was down to 1.010 if I am reading the hydrometer correctly. It shows a PABV of about 1.5%.

The...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-14-2010, 04:50 PM
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Posted By thorson138
Houblon Monstre Triple IPA...

I have a 5 gallon batch of this which has completed ferment. I started it on the first day of this month and it fermented out within the first week.

I haven't done a secondary--it has stayed in...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-06-2010, 04:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By thorson138
Holy sh*t Cat!! I know where I'll be getting my...

Holy sh*t Cat!! I know where I'll be getting my primaries from now on. Gracious sakes alive... Thanks for that info... I'll just go buy a few more of them and increase my brewing operation across the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-05-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By thorson138
Thanks for the replies! I do have a bottling...

Thanks for the replies! I do have a bottling bucket with a spout down towards the bottom. Actually that is what I am using as my primary... It's one of those tuff-tanks with a valve near the bottom. ...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-05-2010, 07:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By thorson138
Quick question...

Hey Folks,

Just a quick question for ya... I have my NB Houblonmonstre Triple IPA in primary right now... It has been there since 9-1 and the airlock was rockin and rollin up until a day or two...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-03-2010, 01:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 865
Posted By thorson138
That seems like the most likely time to me too...

That seems like the most likely time to me too portalgod. It caught me completely off guard.
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-02-2010, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 865
Posted By thorson138
Thanks for the replies! I feel much better about...

Thanks for the replies! I feel much better about it now.

Also, thanks for the heads up on the Firmcap Cat... I'll try to pick some up next time I'm at the brew store.

Mike
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-02-2010, 07:29 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By thorson138
Yea, it was a partial boil that I topped up with...

Yea, it was a partial boil that I topped up with water. I'm not concerned in a big way, I am just a bit curious about how this is gonna turn out. I do know I have found I like the smell of beer...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-01-2010, 11:52 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By thorson138
What a surprise...

Today I started my first batch of beer ever... Been making mead for a bit, but just started beer.

I got the extract kit from Northern for Houblon Monstre Triple IPA. I love super hoppy and bitter...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-01-2010, 11:37 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By thorson138
Good luck brother! I just pit my first ever beer...

Good luck brother! I just pit my first ever beer brew together, gravity reading came out about 10 points under and I was worried. Glad I saw this thread. It's under airlock and I'm hoping for the...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-25-2010, 11:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 577
Posted By thorson138
Just a quick update on this batch of melomel... I...

Just a quick update on this batch of melomel... I bottled it up about a week ago. I popped open a bottle last night and I really like it. The fruits seem to have blended quite well and it has a...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-29-2010, 01:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By thorson138
Thanks a bunch folks... The date on my smack pack...

Thanks a bunch folks... The date on my smack pack is the 9th of June 2010, that means fresh to me;). I don't have any DME for a starter, I guess I should keep some on hand for just such an occasion,...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-27-2010, 09:46 AM
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Posted By thorson138
Interesting info Alaska...

Interesting info Alaska...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-26-2010, 07:50 PM
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Posted By thorson138
Thanks all... I need 2 more smack packs to pitch...

Thanks all... I need 2 more smack packs to pitch according to mrmalty if I don't want to mess with a starter. That's like 300 billion yeast cells, give or take a few lost during shipping and storage...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-26-2010, 01:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By thorson138
Good point... Can I just get another smack pack...

Good point... Can I just get another smack pack or two instead of doing a starter???
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-25-2010, 06:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By thorson138
Thanks Yooper, that does sound easier than what I...

Thanks Yooper, that does sound easier than what I was getting ready to do. I'll try to get out and pick up a pound of DME to make a starter with probably next Friday or so.

Thanks for giving me an...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-25-2010, 12:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By thorson138
Thanks for the replies... I put my OG numbers in...

Thanks for the replies... I put my OG numbers in at mrmalty.com and it calculated that I would need almost a 4 liter starter for this batch. Did I read that right??? The OG of this beer will be 1.082...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-24-2010, 03:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By thorson138
Thanks for the quick reply Yooper! Given your...

Thanks for the quick reply Yooper! Given your advice I'll definitely do a starter as directed.

You answered "yes" to my question #1 concerning leaving the batch in primary for an extra week os so...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-24-2010, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By thorson138
Qusetion on first extract brew...

I got an extract kit from NB called Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA. I am anxious to get it going and just have a few questions before I get going on it.

1. The procedure calls for a secondary lasting...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-13-2010, 01:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 577
Posted By thorson138
Thanks Medsen. I'll keep an eye on it for a bit....

Thanks Medsen. I'll keep an eye on it for a bit. I plan on letting it bulk age for a few months anyway before bottling.
Forum: Mead Forum 07-12-2010, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 577
Posted By thorson138
MedsenFey--This batch went dry (1.002). It...

MedsenFey--This batch went dry (1.002). It started with a gravity of 1.106. The really sweet stuff I used to top up with only fermented down to 1.040. I had used 20 lbs of honey in that one and no...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-12-2010, 04:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Posted By thorson138
Ken's book, the one mentioned above, has been the...

Ken's book, the one mentioned above, has been the best mead book I've seen. It lays all the steps out in a way that is easy to follow and understand. It also gives mead history info that is...
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