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Old 01-08-2008, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default Greetings from MA

I found this forum a few weeks back and have learned a ton since. (Unfortunately, every answer I find generates a dozen more questions!!!)

I got a Mr Beer kit for Christmas 2006. I brewed the wheat ale that came with the kit and made OK beer. I was left with the "OK, that was lame...there has to be more to this than that". One week after drinking the first bottle from the Mr Beer, I bought a brew kit from my LHBS.

Before the first batch (a brown ale extract kit) was done fermenting, I had bought a kegerator and a 5 gal cornelius keg. (I tend to jump into things whole-heartedly).

I have brewed so far (all extract kits):
1 - Mr Beer wheat ale
2 - brown ale
3 - bass ale clone
4 - guiness clone
5 - I.P.A.
6 - wheat ale
7 - honey brown ale
8 - sam adams clone (ale)
9 - brown ale

All have come out good except the honey brown ale. I am still trying to figure out what went wrong...it is drinkable but just not any good. I got a 20lb CO2 tank from a friend. He said that it had been sitting around for a while...I should have asked how long a while was...because I think the CO2 is tainting the beer when I carbonate it from this tank. Is this possible? I am trying to purge the CO2 from the last batch and re-carbonate with a "known good" tank. I hate to have to toss out a couple batches of beer.

Up next:

I bought a second 6.5 gallon glass carboy so I can double up on what I have fermenting/conditioning. I bought a digital temp controller from Apex and have my chest freezer set to do lagers. I just got an Anchor (steam) lager clone from my LHBS. I also want to try making some mead...still trying to determine if I want to start with a straight honey mead..or try flavoring with fruits etc. I would hate to make something and wait 6 months, just to find that it sux...but I guess that is the nature of the beast.

I would love to start AG brewing but I am still trying to figure it all out.

I live in North Attleboro, MA and would love to hear from others in the MA/RI area. (Feel free to shoot me a PM).

-Will


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Old 01-08-2008, 02:24 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums, from the state's far reaches!

There's a good number of folks around from the Boston area, too.


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There's plenty of us in Southeastern mass too. Welcome to hbt. SWMBO and I are in Attleboro. Which lhbs do you use?
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Hey Bro.

I'm in Stoughton, have a keezer full' o' beer, and you are wlcome to ride out Rt 138 any tme you want and drink beer and talk brewing, till my SWMBO or your SWMBO says it's time to go.

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Welcome from Boston, I actually moved my brewery to a warehouse in attleboro for the winter. I am hoping to ramp up operations at some point while there, good to hear there are other brewers in the area.
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Welcome from Boston, I actually moved my brewery to a warehouse in attleboro for the winter. I am hoping to ramp up operations at some point while there, good to hear there are other brewers in the area.
and 3 lhbs within a 20 minute drive.
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and 3 lhbs within a 20 minute drive.
Greetings!

I am nearby as well, never formally introduced myself, but corresponded with some here

3 lhbs. OK, which is the third one?
PTN likes TWB. BigJohn likes the one in Walpole, and the third one is..?


Maybe the one in R.I.?


Arrgh, need to get AG ingredients soon!
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There's plenty of us in Southeastern mass too. Welcome to hbt. SWMBO and I are in Attleboro. Which lhbs do you use?
I have only been to Walpole. I am planning on checking out Witches Brew and Blackstone in the near future. Steve at Walpole is great if he is there and if you are doing it his way. If you show up there with questions, he tends to come off like you are bothering him and if you show up when he is not there - forget about getting anything except his brown bag specials. (Shoot, I went there Thursday to get supplies to make my first lager...he told me to come back Friday so he can make up a kit - guess he was too busy to make one on the spot). I think I would rather drive an extra hour to go somewhere that I feel like I am not bothering them - imagine that!


I am not a huge beer drinker - I got into brewing to have some fun. Out off all the beer I have brewed...I have given away atleast 2/3 of it. I would love to swap a few bottles sometime...once I get a way to bottle from my kegs without losing all the CO2! Maybe I will buy a beergun with some of the tax refund 8-). SWMBO hates beer, and hates the smell when I brew, so I think I am converting the workshop in the basement to be my brewhouse (that will show her!)

Thanks for the warm welcome.

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Hey Bro.

I'm in Stoughton, have a keezer full' o' beer, and you are wlcome to ride out Rt 138 any tme you want and drink beer and talk brewing, till my SWMBO or your SWMBO says it's time to go.

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I work in Canton, so that may not be out of the question. Thanks.

I noticed that you had a scuba pic of two?! I dive and am a member of the South Shore Neptunes. Where do you dive?

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