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  • Mobile, AL
  • Tennis player, boater, husband/dad
  • Associate professor of IT
  • Classic rock, blues, cajun, celtic punk, Brazilian, Cuban, and a few other musical odds and ends
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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 brewing break starting in 2006, due to the fact that brewing was illegal in my state, I'm now back off the wagon and gearing up again, only bigger and better. I built a keezer and a single-tier brewing structure out of weldless strut which I am currently configuring for automated natural gas heating. More here:
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  • Posted in thread: Vanilla Bean Advice on 10-21-2016 at 05:48 PM
    I use 5 beans, split, lightly scraped, and cut into 1" pieces and then soaked in good vodka
    during the 10 day primary period for my 10 gallon vanilla cream ale and lager batches. I don't
    add the beans...

  • Posted in thread: 2 PIDs controlling one Honeywell? on 10-18-2016 at 09:47 PM
    Just for my own knowledge, what kind of thermowells/TCs are you using? I ask because most of
    the TCs I have seen have some smaller diameter threads and aren't compatible with the common
    1/2 NPT fittin...

  • Posted in thread: 2 PIDs controlling one Honeywell? on 10-18-2016 at 06:02 AM
    I'm in the process of building a 3 keggle single tier HERMS setup, based off the Brutus
    designs. So here's my basic question: is it possible to control one Honeywell valve with 2
    separate PIDs? I'd li...

  • Posted in thread: 80 gallon batch help on 10-18-2016 at 05:57 AM

  • Posted in thread: PLEASE let the Northern Brewer buy-out be a hoax! on 10-15-2016 at 06:41 PM
    Actually, I've found it exceedingly easy to completely isolate myself from any corporation
    whose business practices I disagree with. You simply stop purchasing the products they produce
    or products ma...

  • Posted in thread: PLEASE let the Northern Brewer buy-out be a hoax! on 10-15-2016 at 09:01 AM
    Meh, I'll still occasionally shop at NB but will mostly buy from my LHBS or Morebeer. I will
    admit to not turning down a free Inbev product or two. You have to go pretty far off the grid
    to completely...

  • Posted in thread: Small Trendy Pub For Sale (Jaco Beach Costa Rica) on 10-12-2016 at 09:07 PM
    Gila is correct, however I could have sworn that the next to last bullet in OPs post originally
    said #6 (of 29) on TA which is why I thought I had the right one. In any case my mistake.

  • Posted in thread: Homebrew Competition Scoring on 10-11-2016 at 02:06 AM
    What were the qualifications of the judges who rated your beer? That information should be on
    the score sheet.

  • Posted in thread: Which coolers for mash tun and HLT? on 10-10-2016 at 09:43 PM
    I've got the Igloo Ice Cube; it's 48 quarts and, IMO, none too large. I do 5-gallon batches,
    and I wouldn't want the cooler to be any taller.I have used this same cooler as a mash tun for
    close to 40 ...

  • Posted in thread: New Mangrove Jack's strains? on 10-06-2016 at 07:06 AM
    As I said above, (not including the Wit Strain). Its probably the only one worth a dime.You've
    tried them all?

In keezer: 1. Down Brownie IPA 2. vanilla cream lager 3. Blackened Voodoo (Schwarzbier) clone 4. empty In process: Kern River Double IPA clone dry hopping In future: Oatmeal stout with lager (S-189) yeast all grain brewing since 1991: I love to C6H12O6 → 2 C2H5OH 2 CO2