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All Grain Brewing / First 2 all-grain batches in 2 days
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:43:37 AM »
I made two batches of all-grain in 2 consecutive days. These are my first all-grain beers ever.

The first one (the darker one in this picture) was supposed to be a Red IPA. Obviously, it's more brown than red so I'll have to experiment with less dark grain. I was going to put in 100% Citra hops to give it a citrus flavor and aroma but I couldn't find any in my area so I used all Columbus hops. The pre-fermented wort tastes and smells a bit horrible. I'm hoping it will mellow out. It's like drinking an onion covered in garlic. Not something I want in my beer.

The lighter beer is 100% pale malt with Magnum for bittering and Cascade for flavor and aroma. It actually tastes fairly nice. It's a bit fruity and extremely floral but I think it should clean up considerably after it's done fermenting.

I'm worried about the Columbus hopped beer. I'm considering blending the two beers. Cascade and Columbus hops seems to go well together. Or, I'll just wait it out and see if they both mellow a little.

General Homebrew Discussion / Thermometer?
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:54:16 PM »
What is the best thermometer to use? I have a floating thermometer but I need to upgrade to something more accurate / instant.


The Pub / Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:07:56 PM »

My petition is to remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio. You can find it here:

Today, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati all have a large population of home brewers and craft beer fans who
need to leave the state in order to find beer that we can't get in Ohio because of the 12% ABV cap on beer.

We do not believe this is about "getting drunk", it's more about experiencing good craft beer. I firmly believe that we need to find beer in our own state instead of stimulating the economies and increasing the tax revenue of other states.

At the time of this writing I have 464 signatures within only two days of the petition being published with new signatures every couple minutes. If you believe in this cause, would you please pass this around to the members of your home brew club and to family and friends elsewhere?

Thank you so much,


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