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  1. Cranky_Joe

    Cranky_Joe New Member

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    Hey All,
    I'm Joe from Vermont, USA and have been extract brewing since 1988.
    You name it, I've probably made a version of it, or something in that style. Good times! :cool:
    Currently have an Imperial stout and hard apple cider going.

    See you on the forums... :)
    Joe
     
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    Welcome from Colorado! My wife and I lived in Burlington for several years while going to school.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome!
    So what school did you go to? Saint Michaels, Champlain College, Burlington College, UVM, VTC? I moved to Burlington in '92 from southern VT. More micro-breweries in the Burlington area than ever. Eight off the top of my head and that's not counting restaurants that make their own beer. There are a few distilleries too. It's good time to be in VT! :D
     
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    Thank for the welcome.
    I hope to make a positive contribution to the forums and the site in general.
     
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    Welcome to the forum. So is there anything that has changed in brewing from 1988 to now that you wish would go back to the old way?
     
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    Hey Myndflyte, good question.
    Racking my brain (pun intended), I can't think of anything that has changed or I would go back too. I used to travel 40 miles round trip to get brewing supplies, now there are several shops within 6 miles. If the shop doesn't have what I need (extremely rare), I can just go to the web. Back in the day, all we had was a phone book, so getting supplies was sometimes difficult.
    Today equipment is better, abundant, and it's improving all the time. I used to have to start a racking siphon with a tube full of water and a catch basin. It was messy and didn't always work the first time. I got better at it, but it was always a pain. Today, I use a siphon pump and with a couple of quick pumps, the beer is flowing. Much easier.

    The one thing I would like to have from my early brewing is the water. I lived in a town that chose not to treat the municipal water, and it was the best. Making great beer was so easy. Unless I burned the wort, or totally messed up something, it was a good batch. Good times!
    If I recall anything else, I'll post it.
     
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    Sounds familiar. I still have my first 5 gal carboy from the late 70’s. Cider is working here also, it just takes a long time to finish.

    Welcome and cheers!
     

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