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  • Mobile, AL
  • Tennis player, boater, husband/dad
  • Associate professor of IT
  • Classic rock, blues, Cajun, Celtic punk, Brazilian, Cuban, classical guitar
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  • I started brewing in 1991 after going to a lesson at a health food store in Memphis, TN. I brewed one batch of extract before switching to all-grain brewing which I've stuck with ever since. Chuck Skypeck, the guy who did the lesson while working at the store, later became one of the founders of Boscos where he is still VP of brewing operations. After about a 7 year break starting in 2006, due to the fact that homebrewing was illegal in Alabama until 2013 (but we did beat Mississippi in finally legalizing by a few months) I'm back making beer again. Since resuming I have built a 4 tap keezer and a single-tier 3 vessel brew structure from weldless strut and an STC-1000 controlled fermentation chest freezer with collar. I built a control panel to house the PID for a HERMS coil in my HLT that regulates a natural gas burner. More here:
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  • Posted in thread: Ceramic IR reptile heater VS Ceramic with fan VS Brewers edge space blanket on 12-08-2016 at 06:59 AM
    I use one of these
    inside one of these
    I just wrot...

  • Posted in thread: What to do with Empty Fermentation Chamber on 12-08-2016 at 06:44 AM
    I have a very old (over 20 years) upright freezer I keep outside under my deck which I use
    primarily for homemade wine storage. A couple times a year if my other fermentation freezer is
    full I'll put ...

  • Posted in thread: Not getting that juicy hop "pop" in my IPA's on 12-08-2016 at 02:28 AM
    I get my juiciest IPAs when I use all Citra for aroma, hop stand, and dry hop additions. The
    type of bittering hops doesn't matter so much. Also I initially put my dry hops in a
    cylindrical SS mesh co...

  • Posted in thread: Is a fining agent really necessary? on 12-07-2016 at 06:43 PM
    Me and a few mates have decided that homebrewing is a cost efficient way of getting drinks with
    flavors we would actually want to drink, and we are starting off with some kilju, which Im sure
    you are ...

  • Posted in thread: DampRid in Chest Freezer on 12-06-2016 at 04:03 PM
    The DampRid worked fine so I picked up the unscented version for next time. I'm just trying to
    see if anyone made the same mistake and that's what I can attribute the weird flavor to. My
    brews have be...

  • Posted in thread: Brew day box on 12-05-2016 at 08:36 PM
    The one thing that has remained consistent over 25 years of brewing is the Craftsman toolbox I
    use to hold my small items. I bought that toolbox with the proceeds (all of them) of my first
    ever summer...

  • Posted in thread: Bar Top Keezer Build on 12-04-2016 at 11:57 PM
    So, an update. I've been picking up additional hardware here and there as it went on clearance,
    and just received the last of my Black Friday / Cyber Monday acquisitions yesterday (the last
    of what I ...

  • Posted in thread: setting up my first system. on 12-04-2016 at 07:13 PM
    Do you have a chest or upright freezer for your keezer?I have an 8cf chest freezer that holds 5
    kegs but has only 4 taps. I do what you're considering in that I usually have more kegs in the
    keezer th...

  • Posted in thread: Hop ratios for a hop bomb on 12-02-2016 at 08:40 PM
    I have been trying a technique I read about in a recipe on the electricbrewery website where
    when you dry hop you agitate the container which has the dry hops several times a day and over
    time add mor...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast starter using dry yeast?? on 12-01-2016 at 05:37 PM
    I brew 10 gallon batches using 1 package of dry yeast in a starter all the time with great
    results. I get quick starts, complete attenuation, and clean beers. Malt extract costs me about
    $.01/gram s...

In keezer: 1. Double IPA 2. Oatmeal stout lager (S-189) 3. Blackened Voodoo (Schwarzbier) clone 4. empty In process: Blue Moon clone in primary In future: spiced holiday ale all grain brewing since 1991: I love to C6H12O6 → 2 C2H5OH 2 CO2