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Old 09-20-2008, 11:00 PM   #1
Jan 2008
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I live in a crappy little shoe box of an apartment, so I've been doing partial mashes for a while now. My girlfriend just moved into a nice big house and I seized the opportunity. Over the summer I built my MLT and IC, when I get the money I'm going to get a turkey fryer burner and a much bigger pot (had to split the boil today) and have been storing the stuff in one of her extra bedrooms.

Well... the little lady is having a halloween party so for the occasional and as "thank you" for letting me store/use my rig there, I whipped her up a batch of a spiced pumpkin ale.

My efficiency was a little low (I'm not worried about it though, practice makes perfect and all) and my MTL's valve leaked a bit (I used a plastic one instead of brass) but other than that it went about perfect.

I always felt like I was cheating a bit using extracts but.... Today I feel like a real brewer. I can't wait for halloween to roll around so I can taste (and share) the fruits of my labor. Just wanted to brag a little and say THANK YOU ALL for all the advice and knowledge that's been bestowed on me here on HBT.

Couldn't have done it without you guys!
Primary 1: PawPaw Wheat
Primary 2 Air
Secondary 1: Experimental Wild Beer
Secondary 2: Backyard Blackberry/Grape Wine
Bottled/Drinking: Spiced Belgium Ale, Pumpkin Ale, and a variety of cider, mead and farmhouse wines
On Deck: Coffee Porter?

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Old 09-20-2008, 11:49 PM   #2
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May 2006
Lapeer, Michigan
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Great sounds like you had fun doing it. I love all grain and would never go back. There is a wealth of knowledge on this forum and you will learn a lot just have to ask. Go luck with your all grain and keep Mashing.....
Next:Smoked Pilsner.
Primary:Belgian Red, American Stout w/Roeselare
On Tap:Pale Ale, English Bitter
Aging: Imperial Oatmeal Stout on Vanilla beans.

I rather owe you a dollar than cheat you out of it.."Dad"



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Old 09-21-2008, 12:08 AM   #3
Oct 2007
South Florida
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I went AG too today and its great! i also had a leaky MLT but i found that everything was TOO tight. Good thing SWMBO caught the drip or else i would've had sticky wort everywhere except where it should be.
Primary: Nothing
Secondary: DFH Punkin Ale
Bottled/Conditioning: Cigar City Jai Alai IPA Clone, Apple Jack 1.0, Apple Jack 2.0
Drinking: Yakima Blonde (Imperialized), Banana Wheat, Russian Imperial Stout, and anything i can get my hands on
On Deck: Watermelon Wheat, Red Panda Ale, Gluten Free Brown Ale, Mojito IPA, Smoked Pepper Stout

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Old 09-21-2008, 12:36 AM   #4
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Sep 2006
Ontario, Canada
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Congrats to the OP and FishinDave07 for switching to the dark side! Wait until you taste that first AG!

Canadian Brewers Unite!

Projects: Sylvania Kegerator Conversion, Tower Cooling, Grain Milling Station

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Old 09-21-2008, 04:07 AM   #5
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Sep 2007
Dexter, MI, Michigan
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Welcome to the AG club. Congrats.


Fermenter 1: Best bitter (1)
Fermenter 2: Best bitter (2)
Fermenter 3: APA
Fermenter 4: APA

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Old 09-21-2008, 05:05 AM   #6
Oct 2006
Duluth, MN
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Honestly, I can't believe that more people don't brew AG. Once a person decides to do it, it is actually very easy. I was able to participate in a "new" homebrewers club this winter, and I was amazed at the number of people who "brewed from the box". Most of them were impressed by the AG brewers for taking the leap, but the common theme was they hadn't thought of searching the internet for homebrew forums, and hadn't bought a new brewing book in 10+ years.

Congrats to the new AG brewers who decided to take the leap!

(Now, it is time for you to start kegging)

On Deck: Yo Mama!
Primary: Oatmeal Stout, 219 APA
Secondary:Honey Blonde
Keggerator:Apfelwine, Honey Blonde

Secondary- Simply Strawberry (5 gal), Strawberry-Rhubarb (2 gal),Plum (5 gal)

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Old 09-21-2008, 07:40 AM   #7
May 2008
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Reddy - Welcome to AG, and I'm sure your love it even more when you taste the final product.
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

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