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  • I started brewing in 1979 when I was talked into it by the very eager Mike Williams of American Brewmasters here in Raleigh. At the time, Mike was running his store at the local flea market and he told me that I could brew 2.5 cases of good beer for about $10. I was an engineering major in college at the time, and I could do that math pretty easily. Even then, that was a great price for beer.

    We bought enough to make three batches that day. The first two were disasters, thanks to lax sanitation and measurements. Bottle bombs of toxins banned by the Geneva Convention would best describe those attempts. On my third and final try, I spent two days cleaning out my college apartment kitchen, followed the ingredients to the letter using "borrowed" lab thermometers from university, etc. With great fear, we opened up the third try, and....I'm about 500 batches or so down the road now.
  • Dunkelweizen
    Honey Witbeir v1.2
    "Accuser's" Belgian Golden Ale
    "Red Army" Imperial Stout
  • nothing...wife said the fermenters need to be put up for XMAS
  • nothing...wife said the fermenters need to be put up for XMAS
  • Bottling? Not anymore.
  • On tap: Honey Witbier v1.1
    On tap: Liberty Ale Clone
    Ready to tap: Wolfpack Red Ale
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  • Posted in thread: Kill Devil Saison on 10-31-2010 at 02:06 PM
    I hear you about six bottles, I have often had the sort of homebrewer's remorse. One time,
    though I got smart and left a case of bottles at my late grandmother's house for safekeeping. I
    got down to s...

  • Posted in thread: How much do you worry about your fermentation temps? on 10-27-2010 at 08:17 PM
    Funny you should say "homebrew taste" because that's what all of my beers used to have until I
    switched to All grain brewing. I ferment exactly is the same place and don't really worry about
    temp. Eve...

  • Posted in thread: How much do you worry about your fermentation temps? on 10-27-2010 at 07:43 PM
    I think that the one thing that's made my beer better over the past several years is getting a
    small chest freezer and controlling my fermentation temps much better than I can with ambient
    temps. I li...

  • Posted in thread: Starter calculation for only 1 pack on 10-27-2010 at 06:49 PM
    If you are at all worried about boiling over an Erlenmeyer flask when you're making a starter,
    use a couple drops of Fermcap and bring it to a boil slowly. I do that for all of my starters
    just to eli...

  • Posted in thread: Diacetyl Rest a 59 Degree Ale Fermenation at Room Temp? on 10-27-2010 at 06:42 PM
    I've got a Wyeast 2565 / Kolsch brew that's near FG and is really slowing down in a 59 dF
    chamber, and this brew is getting near the all-said-and-done part of the show. Smells good,
    looks good, everyt...

  • Posted in thread: Cleaning a Therminator on 10-27-2010 at 06:32 PM
    When I brew, I heat up my remaining sparge water (always have a couple extra gallons) to around
    180 and mix in Saniclean and run it through the Therminator and my tubing with no cooling.
    After that, I...

  • Posted in thread: Experiment idea... No boil AG beer??? on 10-27-2010 at 06:25 PM
    Doesn't a solid boil drive the DMS out of your wort?DMS is created whenever wort is heated, by
    the breakdown of precursors found in pale malts. Under ordinary circumstances, most of the DMS
    that is cr...

  • Posted in thread: First broken carboy on 10-22-2010 at 07:35 PM
    just the punishment that you rained down upon her?I did get in a bit of hot water for worrying
    about the beer first. "What the heck did you do?!!!! C___P!!!!""Well, don't worry about ME! I'm
    FINE!""I ...

  • Posted in thread: So who's brewing this weekend? on 10-22-2010 at 07:07 PM
    Going to knock out the Christmas Ales starting this weekend: a Fat Tire clone Sunday and a
    Magic Hat #9 clone Wednesday.

  • Posted in thread: Disaster Averted? on 10-22-2010 at 07:00 PM
    It should turn out okay. If you like, call it "light beer" since your addition made you miss by
    six points! :)

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