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08-14-2007

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01-19-2015 3:40 PM

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59 years old

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    ABOUT ME

  • I've been an all-grain brewer since 2005, discovering craft beer late in life and since determined that I simply can't live without it - living abroad be damned!!rnrnI'm particularly partial to German lagers, including kellerbiers, zwickels, dunkels, bocks, doppelbocks, maibocks, schwartzbiers, helles, and maertzens; plus the ales - altbiers and koelschs! You can have all the pilsners and hefes.
  • Homebrewing,SCUBA,Travel,Hashing with the Hash House Harriers
  • Marine Biologist
  • Michael D. Noah
  • Jimmy Buffett, Jake Shimabukuro, Alan Jackson, Carlos Santana, Classic Rock of the 60's, 70's and very early 80's... good music died when that rap crap started.
  • Action, Suspense, Drama, anything with Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Daniel Craig, Lucy Lu, Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Stephen Segal, Clint Eastwood, Mickey Rourke
  • NCIS LA, NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, Lost, CSI (all), Cold Case, Without A Trace, 24, Prison Break, The Glades, Lost, Chase... anything but brain-dead 30-minute sitcoms and that Glee garbage!!
  • Everything by Zainasheff, Palmer, Fix, Mosher, Papazian, and Daniels... oh yeah, and for light reading, Coonts, Clancy and Cussler
  • Great Northern Brewers Club, American Homebrewers Association
  • After living 10 years in Japan (1994-2003), a divorce that prohibted me from engaging in my vices (2002), and then living in Honolulu HI for a year (2003-2004), my tastes in beer rapidly matured - I particularly enjoyed the Red Ehu at Sam Choy's Big Aloha Brewery. I hooked up with a nefarious underground group call the Aloha Has House Harriers, became their Beermeister, and my beer drinking fate was sealed. I then moved to Okinawa, Japan where they sell the same yellow fizzy swill they sell in U.S. supermarkets. I took up homebrewing so I could once again enjoy REAL beer. I then moved to Heidelberg, Germany (bier nirvana) for 3 years and stopped brewing for most of that time - there were just too many GREAT German, Belgian, Polish and Czech beers to try, and so I perceived no real need to brew my own. Then I realized I had to start brewing again, perfecting recipes for the European beers that I had come to love - Dunkels, Bocks, Doppelbocks, Maibocks, Kellerbiers/Zwickles, Alts, Koelschs, Helles, Maertzens, and the list goes on and on. After 4 year detour tour through Yokosuka, Japan, I'm now in Anchorage Alaska, brewing those same beers... I LOVE THIS HOBBY!!!
  • Kellerbier, Helles, Maibock, Traditional Bock, Doppelbock... in that order, all with one vial of White Labs WLP830 yeast.
  • Maibock (10 Gallons)
  • Don't use secondaries
  • Don't use bottles
  • Maibock, Koelsch, and an Oktoberfest/Maerzen
  • Male
  • Married
  • Eagle River
  • Alaska

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: Home brewing in Japan on 01-05-2015 at 12:44 AM
    It is. I'm fairly new to homebrewing. I'm gathering equipment and kinda need to look ahead a
    bit. For example, I just purchased a new burner, Does japan use the same style of Propane tanks
    we get in t...

  • Posted in thread: Man Mug Giveaway - Open to All on 11-04-2014 at 03:45 AM
    In!!

  • Posted in thread: ElectricBrewingSupply 30A BCS Control Panel Giveaway! on 10-20-2014 at 04:06 AM
    I'm so in for this... whoopee!!

  • Posted in thread: Home brewing in Japan on 06-09-2014 at 12:30 PM
    Guys, I am starting to plan a homebrew meetup in Yokosuka. The place has more than a dozen taps
    of Japanese craft beer available and the BBQ is really good and there is a ton of space for the
    meetup. ...

  • Posted in thread: The Brew Stand Incredible Giveaway on 06-08-2014 at 12:46 PM
    Whoo whoo!!! CRATE IT UP, and send it to papa!! :ban:

  • Posted in thread: Polarware 15-Gallon Brew Kettle for sale on 11-24-2013 at 03:10 AM
    No, I'm sorry, but that brewpot sold quite some time ago. Good luck in finding one, though!!!
    My fingers are crossed for you! :)

  • Posted in thread: NorcalBrewing Solutions Giveaway! on 10-16-2013 at 03:00 AM
    Who do I give my shipping address to???

  • Posted in thread: Motorized Grain Mills: Time to show them off! on 08-29-2013 at 12:52 PM
    Most of the posts I've seen shoot for 175, and since most of the 1/2hp and 3/4hp electric
    motors turn at 1,750, it requires a 10:1 reduction.

  • Posted in thread: RIMS tube setup on 07-21-2013 at 07:52 AM
    I, too, was worried about my pump cavitating or forgetting to open the return valve in the MT,
    losing flow, and yet the heating element being unaware that there was a problem, thereby
    boiling my wort ...

  • Posted in thread: Mini-ITX MB incorporated into BCS Control Panel on 07-08-2013 at 05:41 AM
    No, I'm still pondering the options. There are pro's and con's to the approach. My stand will
    be outside, and I live in typhoon country here in Japan, so high winds and salt spray are not
    out of the n...

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Namako Indecision... may or may not be my problem... I'm not sure Primary 1 - Empty Primary 2 - Empty Kegged: Empty Planned: Maerzen, Maibock, and a Kellerbier/Zwickle Coming Soon: An upgraded Blichmann 20-gallon, Kal-inspired, BCS-controlled, all-electric RIMS-based pico-brewery (by mid-Summer 2015, after the winter thaw, and the NHC, I swear!!)
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