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08-14-2007

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02-08-2016 2:25 PM

Age:

60 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: Show us your panel on 01-20-2016 at 02:46 AM
    You guys with the key switches crack me the $^#* up... Do you take the key and hide it when
    you're not "at the helm" of your brewery, like when you run to the can?I have a 2-year-old that
    likes to pla...

  • Posted in thread: Automated Valves - Are They Worth It? on 12-26-2015 at 01:30 AM
    i spoke with our account rep at johnson controls yesterday. There is interest at jc to gain
    more headway into the craft brewing and home brewing markets. He will present the idea of
    multi-piece valve ...

  • Posted in thread: float switches on 12-26-2015 at 01:29 AM
    I don't know about a boil coil but I can tell you what a regular element does when it fires
    dry. It makes light come out the top of your kettle brighter then the sun.What?? No sparks?? I
    was hoping fo...

  • Posted in thread: float switches on 12-25-2015 at 01:23 AM
    Curious to see where you end up with this. I've pre-wired my new rig for float switches but
    have not outlined an implementation plan yet.For each of the Blichmann BoilCoils in the brew
    system that I'm...

  • Posted in thread: float switches on 12-19-2015 at 01:30 AM
    #Poptarts, I think I missed that link. I'll need to do a search :drunk:#JonW, The real reason I
    wanted float switches and a BCS panel for that matter as opposed to a Kal clone, was to permit
    some time...

  • Posted in thread: BCS 2 Vessel No Sparge Garage Brewery Build on 12-18-2015 at 08:38 PM
    link?Those relay boards are also available through Amazon in 2-, 4-, 8- and 16-relay editions,
    with and without DIN rail mounts. They ship from Hong Kong, but it doesn't take very long -
    less than a w...

  • Posted in thread: Show us your panel on 11-25-2015 at 03:28 PM
    Sweeeeeet!! Maybe try to incorporate a drip tray?Nice solution!

  • Posted in thread: Dial thermometer in HLT on 11-01-2015 at 01:23 AM
    Guys, if I put my PID thermometer in the water out valve of my recirculating eherms system, why
    do I need a dial thermometer in the side of the HLT? Seems redundant and would save me
    $20.ThanksScottMa...

  • Posted in thread: panel designer on 09-28-2015 at 04:39 PM
    I can attest to the product as well. I have two panels I designed with the software, and then
    purchased. They are perfectly accurate and flawless. Really puts the professional touch on the
    brewstand!!

  • Posted in thread: Drawing a wiring diagram? on 05-08-2015 at 12:37 PM
    I use Microsoft Visio.

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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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