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    ABOUT ME

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  • I was born in S.J. California. I lived there for 25 years and then moved to Georgia where I reside now. I am a musician and cannot live without good music or good beer. I met my soulmate here in Georgia and married her and now have an almost 2 year old son. My family is awesome and never expected to be where I am today. I've loved craft beer since way before I could drink legally and now just hope to get better and better at making it as time goes on.
  • playing music,brewing
  • Locksmith
  • Matthew Ian Balazs Banathy
  • Black Metal
  • 70's & 80's horror, David Lynch flics
  • Twin Peaks, Dirty Jobs
  • Brew Books, Music literature
  • I first got into homebrewing from my friend back in CA. He started in 2002 and showed me a little about extract brewing but it was not till April of 2009 when my wife bought me a brewers starter kit for our anniversy that I brewed my first batch. Is that an awesome women or what!!!! I brewed my first extract batch which was a IPA kit and it came out pretty damn good for a first brew. After that first time I was already hooked.

    8 Batches into it I've done the ipa, a barley wine, a tripple, a christmas ale, imperial stout, robust coffee porter, and a pale ale.
  • I plan on trying my hand at some clones. I want to do some Unibroue stuff and definatly a Brown Shugga' clone. I don't want to step up to these recipes until I am able to go all grain. Until then I will just try some other ales I havn't yet via extract.
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LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: Differences Between Wyeast London ESb and Wlp002? on 03-30-2014 at 01:24 PM
    I started out using the wyeast version and over time have gone to WL. I find with 002 that I
    get a more consistant attenuation rate. I can predictably get between 72-75% attenuation based
    on mash temp...

  • Posted in thread: Should I Repitch WLP002?!?! on 03-04-2014 at 02:07 AM
    I tend to overpitch 002 just a bit to help aid in complete fermentation. The Fullers strain is
    wonderful but hou have to treat it right to get what you want. Sent from my SPH-L720 using Home
    Brew mobi...

  • Posted in thread: Off Flavor Question on 03-04-2014 at 02:03 AM
    Perhaps carbonic bite from overcarbonation?Sent from my SPH-L720 using Home Brew mobile app

  • Posted in thread: Consistently Low Final Gravities on 02-23-2014 at 06:53 PM
    I have not calibrated my thermometer. I'll do this now. Would a temp difference between 152 and
    149 affect attenuation that much?I am not sure if this is your issue but it is one probability
    to look i...

  • Posted in thread: Consistently Low Final Gravities on 02-23-2014 at 02:05 PM
    Have you calibrated your thermometer. It may be reading high? You may think your mashing at 152
    and it is really at 149.Sent from my SPH-L720 using Home Brew mobile app

  • Posted in thread: Help with hitting Target O.G. on 02-17-2014 at 09:32 PM
    That is strange. Not quite sure where else to look into fixing that.Sent from my SPH-L720 using
    Home Brew mobile app

  • Posted in thread: Help with hitting Target O.G. on 02-17-2014 at 03:23 AM
    OK, so here's my situation:Pretty much every single brew I get good efficiency, but my actual
    O.G. is almost always lower than my target OG.For example, I will compare the last two brews I
    made.1st br...

  • Posted in thread: Help with hitting Target O.G. on 02-17-2014 at 03:17 AM
    I do. I use three actually. Beer Alchemy, Beer Smith and Beer Tools. Primarily Beer Alchemy
    though. They all use the simple equation to determine your OG from pre boil gravity and pre and
    post boil vo...

  • Posted in thread: Help with hitting Target O.G. on 02-17-2014 at 01:32 AM
    It seems your mash efficiency is lower than you think meaning you need more grain to get the OG
    you are after. Are you using any brewing software? If you are coming up around 10 points shy
    each batch ...

  • Posted in thread: Why is my attenuation so poor / variable? on 01-18-2014 at 08:46 PM
    What are you using for a thermometer? You could be mashing higher than you think you are. I had
    the same problem until I replaced my $20 CDN digital with a Thermapen.I did the exact same
    thing. I was ...

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