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  • I am married 19 years, two children (daughter 17, son 13) and I live in a small town in Northwestern New Jersey. We have 2 cats, a dog and 2 guinea pigs and are soon to have a corn snake (or some other slithery reptile).
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  • Grateful Dead, all rock, most metal (Sabbath, Iron Maiden most of all)... Neil Pert (I am a drummer
  • Original Star Wars, Kelly's Heros, any war movie made between 1975 and 1990, Jaws, Men in Black, Pow
  • Mythbusters... it's all crap after that.
  • Authors: Tolkien, S. King, George RR Martin, Lee Childs, too many others
  • I started brewing in May 2011 with kit from Midwest Supplies, and it was love at first boil. I've brewed three batches, I have one in secondary now, and I have scheduled my batches out until June of 2012!
  • Autumn Amber Ale
    Carabou Slobber
  • Zippo...
  • Zippo...
  • Autumn Amber Ale (aka: Padre's Summer Solstice Ale)
    Irish Red Ale (aka: Padre's Western Ale)
    John Quincy Adams Marblehead Lager (aka: Padre's Uncle John's Ale) Turned out horrid...
    Bavarian Hefeweisen (aka: LRCB's Hot as Hell Hefeweisen)
    American Amber
    Cream Ale (aka: My Dad's Beer)
    Holiday Ale (aka: Padre's Holiday Brew)
    American Amber (special brewing)
  • I kegged the Irish Red Ale using the tap-a-keg system. The process was easy and fast... the beer had a much fresher taste. I kegged my Uncle John's Ale, and part of my hefe.
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  • Posted in thread: Gravity readings and losing CO2? on 05-15-2016 at 11:57 PM
    I've never worried about oxidation during gravity tests, and for a couple of reasons. First,
    there is CO2 present in the beer as a result of fermentation... it rises and maintains a layer
    over the bee...

  • Posted in thread: BeerSmith Software on 05-11-2016 at 12:52 AM
    How good is the mobile version? I am looking for something on my tablet to take in the garage
    for note taking etc.It's an uber light version of the PC version. I bought it, played with it a
    bit, then ...

  • Posted in thread: Hydro reading on 05-09-2016 at 12:22 AM
    You'll need to plug your recipe into a calculator to make that determination. If you are not
    using a software, like BeerSmith, look at John Palmer's book, "How to Brew". He includes the
    efficiency cal...

  • Posted in thread: So I sampled before bottling and.... on 05-09-2016 at 12:15 AM
    IPA's get some interesting flavors, unless it's a hop bomb, and then it's just that. The
    flavors are coming from the hops and yeast... influenced by the temperature the wort was
    fermented. ChemErik hi...

  • Posted in thread: Newbie Question on stout recipe design on 05-08-2016 at 11:53 PM
    Alright guys, here is what I came up. As a reminder I am simply looking for a base stout recipe
    that I can further develop as my go to house recipe. A platform used for further
    experimentation down th...

  • Posted in thread: FG off (what am I doing wrong?) on 05-01-2016 at 03:00 AM
    Thanks for advice.Yes I steeped, not mashed!I have an extra pack of S-05 I will add it,Think I
    will still be able to bottle this weeked?Give it a week to finish up.

  • Posted in thread: A Multi-Rest Mash Somewhat Pointless? on 05-01-2016 at 02:57 AM
    I had a similar experience with my multi-rest experiments. The higher multi-step mash rests are
    good... the 143*f - 145*f as JimRausch says are worthwhile for dryer beers. I'll do a 10 minute
    rest at ...

  • Posted in thread: Learning to brew: extract SMASH or kits on 05-01-2016 at 02:40 AM
    I've just started SMaSH brewing... but I've been brewing for 5 years, developing my own recipes
    for 4. I've moved from infusion mash to temperature mashing, and I've done 1, 2, 2.5, 3.5 and 5
    gallon s...

  • Posted in thread: FG off (what am I doing wrong?) on 05-01-2016 at 02:04 AM
    So what I think you're saying is, the measured Original Gravity of your IPA was 1.070, and the
    measured final gravity after two weeks is 1.030. The bulk of your sugars came from the LME and
    DME... the...

  • Posted in thread: Newbie Question on stout recipe design on 05-01-2016 at 01:39 AM
    Overthinking it is half the fun! I recommend having a look at a few existing recipes for
    ingredients, percentages, yeasts, etc. Sampling some commercial or other homebrew versions can
    give you a sense...