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  • water sports
  • chemist, retired
  • Brewed in '70s, quit due to demanding job. Rediscovered in 2012, astonished how well-developed the craft had become.
  • Ales, to perfect them, then lagers.
  • Bries"s Trad. Dark, Centennial bittering, 1728 yeast.
  • The same
  • 5 kit brews, 4 part grain batches
  • kegs used as secondaries.
  • Male
  • Married
  • Strafford
  • New Hampshire


  • Posted in thread: Bottling Suggestions on 08-15-2014 at 09:06 PM
    Just use 22oz beer bottles: easier to handle, not too much to drink(well, maybe), if one bursts
    you can vent the rest w/o breakage, faster to cool, can add different flavors to several from a
    single g...

  • Posted in thread: Hydrometer sinking on 08-11-2014 at 01:30 AM
    That is why you always remove a sample for hydrometer test. No, don't pour it back in.

  • Posted in thread: "Technical" or Non-Food Grade Phosphoric Acid on 08-11-2014 at 01:28 AM
    You might consider tartaric acid, available in HBSs in food-grade from Crosby & Baker.. It's
    naturally occurring in wine as the potassium salt, I believe. Dirt cheap. It is a strong
    organic acid, odor...

  • Posted in thread: alpha amylase action doubts on 07-30-2014 at 09:18 PM
    I am a chemist, and I suggest you (all) check out the Chemistry of Beer course, beginning Aug.
    18 by the Univ. of Ok. The program is called JANUX. It is archived, too, so it's accessible
    now; but you ...

  • Posted in thread: What alternatives to Northern Brewer and Midwest Supply are out there? on 07-30-2014 at 09:13 PM
    Checkout Labelpeelers, in NE(?) Ohio. Good prices and an occasional BOGO. Shipping, tho, too
    high. The stuff I need can be shipped by turtle, so I can't abide the shipping costs.

  • Posted in thread: Not using hydrometer on 07-30-2014 at 01:53 AM
    Got some news for you: Been doing part-grain for a year, been relying on glucose ppgs from
    Palmer, from Briess on their LME, and my own HYDROMETER readings on my own wort only(partial
    grain only, reme...

  • Posted in thread: Helical Coil HEX Design on 07-29-2014 at 12:58 AM
    Wouldn't efficiency be greater if wort were in inner tube?; any liquid that passes along the
    inside of the outer tube may not mix as well as liquid in inner tube. Remember something called
    laminar flo...

  • Posted in thread: Cold Crash in the Family Fridge: No airlock! on 07-22-2014 at 07:27 PM
    If you can't get a moist-cotton air filter on it, try a few layers of Kleenex tissue, held in
    place with rubber bands; this is fruit-fly season, and you want to keep those little buggers
    out. I've use...

  • Posted in thread: To start, or not to start... on 06-27-2014 at 12:34 AM
    As Lizard says, make a good size starter, pour off liquid, suspend yeast in some 25%-by vol.
    glycerine(glycerol, from drug store, WalMart) put into several small bottles, refrigerate a
    day, lay on sid...

  • Posted in thread: New guy. Could use some help. on 06-25-2014 at 06:20 PM
    number40fan:1) Get Palmer's book :How To Brew", cheap on Amazon.2) Sign up for free Chemistry
    of Beer course from JANUX at U. of Oklahoma in August, or, archived.