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 Shred’s Raspberry Wheat Champagne Ale

An extract brew with frozen raspberries used in secondary.  This brew was, while unusual, very popular… especially among friends who claimed not to be beer drinkers.  It’s light, bubbly, colorful and fruity.  I bottled it in Grolsch bottles, which popped like a champagne bottle when opened, and served in champagne flutes. 

A huge success for my second original recipe and something so experimental.  Some people still say it was my best yet (as I type this a year later).
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Shred’s Gruit (Hopless, Gluten-Free) Ale(extract)

A friend of mine suddenly found herself violently allergic to hops a couple years ago.  She missed beer dearly and, hearing of my recent brewing addiction, asked me if there was a way I could brew a beer without hops… and oh, she also can’t have barley due to a gluten intolerance.
Now, by most definitions beer can have all sorts of additional ingredients, but there are 4 which are absolute requirements;  Barley, Hops, Water and Yeast.  I’d been tasked with brewing something missing 2 of these crucial ingredients.
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My First Taste!
I’ve been reading a lot about when I can expect my first brew to be ready for drinking.  In my reading I’ve seen a number of people suggest that newbies to the beer brewing hobby (like me) should take samples along the way to get a feel for how a beer ages.
As you know, my beer went into bottles about a week and a half ago.  I let them age for 1 week in a dark, cool closet in the basement.  After that week was up, they were moved into a mini fridge.
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Since diving headlong into this new addiction, I’ve annoyed a lot of people with my constant Facebook updates.  I’ve also intrigued some.  People have started asking me how to go about getting started and what is the minimum equipment they should have.
If you read my first post you know that I started with a $100 kit for Christmas.  You also know I immediately began purchasing additional equipment.  I’ve since lost my job, my car, sold my house and pimped out my girlfriend to cover the costs of my “hobby”.  Okay – only some of those are true.
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We left off with my first home brew being put into the fermeter bucket.  By the next morning the airlock was alive with activity.  Those lovely bubbles are an indication that the yeast is doing it’s job and turning the sugars from the malt into alcohol.  A good sign – I didn’t want my first brew to be O’Douls.  What good is beer if it can’t get you hammered, right?
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My name is Chris or Shred for short.  I’m in my mid-thirties (at the time this blog was started) and I love beer.  It’s my hope that fellow beer-lovers, aspiring home brewers and anyone with some time to waste will join me in my new adventures in home brewing.
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