Gift Premium Subscription To AlCophile

Join Date:


Last Activity:

05-03-2015 6:07 PM

27 Likes on 23 Posts 


  • 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: Light skunking when home brewing on 04-27-2015 at 08:30 PM
    Checkout BrewChem 101, by Janson, pp 73, 74. Try Amazon. The light is of 400 to 520 nm, or
    ultraviolet, and it can happen in seconds.

  • Posted in thread: What's eating my leaves? on 04-27-2015 at 08:25 PM
    I had terrible time last yr. w/ japbeetles. Investigating found; they are in the
    East(mostly???), they get worse and worse if not checked, they overwinter in the soil, and are
    best treated with Milky ...

  • Posted in thread: How do you mix your Starsan? Do you use in your airlock? on 04-18-2015 at 07:38 PM
    You folks are just lucky:Once you make StarSan sol'n. up to its recommended strength, further
    dilution, i.e. 50/50, etc. will make it less effective.It's not necessary to prepare it by the
    poolful; ma...

  • Posted in thread: Is my LHBS right? Re: Silicone Tube on 03-29-2015 at 08:17 PM
    Sigh! ALWAYS research any item which is going to contact humans. Go to the experts, the mfgrs.;
    Look for info online; whatever it takes. Go to a chemistry dept....they won't bite(bring
    pizza).ONLY thi...

  • Posted in thread: Is my LHBS right? Re: Silicone Tube on 03-28-2015 at 09:04 PM
    First, I'd soak in a mild soap sol'n., such as dishwashing soap, nothing stronger, for a few
    hrs.THEN, what you shoulda done FIRST, is look in a plastics manual, or see descriptions in
    McMaster-Carr, ...

  • Posted in thread: where to get food grade/human grade ethanol and muriatic acid? on 03-14-2015 at 09:11 PM
    You perform any of the following at your own risk:Can you purchase 151 proof Bacardi Rum? Your
    state may or may not allow it, or, you may be able to buy grain neutral spirits(95% or 190
    proof) special...

  • Posted in thread: Bad beer: Give it away, or dump it? on 02-11-2015 at 11:28 PM
    Freeze it, pour off the liquid from the ice(water), let crud settle, now try it.

  • Posted in thread: Hydrometer reading help on 02-11-2015 at 11:25 PM
    Before a SG reading, I'd stir the ---- out of the sample to remove most CO2. Meantime, have you
    ever standardized the meter in pure water? Always do that, as sheet of paper in tube may move.

  • Posted in thread: Dry hopping vs bacteria? on 02-11-2015 at 11:16 PM
    As aforementioned, if you Pasteurize in neutral water, there should be no additional
    isomerization(bittering). Then, any hop flavor should be very close to traditional dry-hopping,
    tho there's nothing...

  • Posted in thread: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar on 02-05-2015 at 09:23 PM
    FWIW, on p. 40 of 'BrewChem 101' by Lee W. Janson, Ph.D., the outline of the fermentation
    process shows that glucose is converted to fructose, which becomes pyruvate, then acetaldehyde,
    then ethanol. ...


Newest Threads