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  • Calvert County, Maryland, USA
  • High school science teacher since 1997. Brewer since 1995.
  • biology,natrual history
  • high school teacher
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  • Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, etc.
  • Dr Who, Battlestar Galactica
  • technical biology and philosophy of science
  • All grain brewer since ~2000. Mostly English ales, as I have no way to brew at lower temperatures yet. Have brewed Kolsch-style ale and Altbier as well.
  • I will be getting a freezer soon, and plan on trying lower temperature brewing, mostly as quality control, but also to try lagers.
  • Rarely bottle. I am planning an old ale which I will bottle, as it needs to age and I hate to occupy a keg for several months.
  • Oatmeal stout and Pale ale presently
  • Male
  • Married


  • Posted in thread: Oxygen, how much is too much? on 05-18-2015 at 03:12 PM
    What I was doing is opening the valve close to all the way and running oxygen for 2 minutes.
    The headspace was filled with oxygen, so there was certainly the capacity to have way too
    much.The yeast I ...

  • Posted in thread: Oxygen, how much is too much? on 05-16-2015 at 01:26 AM
    I started using a welding oxygen tank with a sintered stone, and have been getting solventy off
    flavors. I believe I have been adding too much oxygen.I'm going to buy a flow meter, and I'm
    looking for...

  • Posted in thread: How much chlorine? on 05-09-2015 at 12:12 PM
    The 0.5 ppm I mentioned was in the unheated water. When the level was so low I figured I'd ask
    how much was acceptable.I heated a glass of water, let it cool, and tested it again. The level
    was 0.0 Ev...

  • Posted in thread: How much chlorine? on 05-08-2015 at 06:01 PM
    I read that you can tell if your water has chlorine or chloramine by testing the cold tap water
    with swimming pool test strips, then boiling and chilling, then testing again. I tested my cold
    tap wate...

  • Posted in thread: Premature staling- was it copper? on 04-05-2015 at 09:51 PM
    Palmer has said that copper can catalyze staling reactions post fermentation. That would not
    add copper to the beer itself.I am planning to switch to a stainless thermowell, so as they
    say, I guess I'...

  • Posted in thread: Premature staling- was it copper? on 04-05-2015 at 01:36 PM
    I recently made a thermowell from copper tubing. I've used it in about 3 batches, and I've had
    a problem with a sharp, solvent-like bitterness. I had thought I had an infection problem in
    some of my k...

  • Posted in thread: Nail polish remover on 02-26-2015 at 01:20 PM
    I have a similar problem. An IPA that was splendid was solvent flavored by the time the keg was
    finished, now an Altbier, same thing.I suspect an infection in the keg, because it didn't taste
    that way...

  • Posted in thread: What kind of infection is this? on 02-26-2015 at 01:14 PM
    Hafnia protea (or protea hafnia, for some reason I can't keep the names straight) is possible.
    I've also had beers go bad at the end of fermentation.Parsnip flavor, white scum.The bacteria
    rides along...

  • Posted in thread: Cooling with Immersion vs Counterflow on 04-10-2014 at 08:53 PM
    I had a store-bought immersion chiller, which was inadequate when I went to 11 gallon batches.
    I got 50' of copper tube and wrapped it around my old 20 qt kettle and made a second chiller. I

  • Posted in thread: Incredible Krausen that wouldn't die on 11-24-2013 at 03:58 PM
    (Warning, long post)I'm fermenting a Witbier with Whitelabs WLP400. I've used this yeast before
    multiple times, but I have never seen a fermentation like this one.It's an 11 gallon batch- 10
    gallons o...

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