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  • bicycles,beer,land rovers,and self sufficiency
  • military
  • Paul Muething
  • Heavy Metal, classical, bluegrass, and whatever sounds good on any given day.
  • Jeremiah Johnson
  • No TV
  • New to homebrewing. I helped a friend with a kit and moved on. My first batch was a Porter that I adapted from a recipe using extract and specialty grains. Still conditioning in the bottles. The second batch is an IPA conducted with a partial mash. Also slightly modified version of known recipe. Current set up is a bucket and borrowed glass carboy. I dream of a Blichmann fermentor but will have to wait. Next piece of major equipment will be a pair of coolers that I will convert to a mash tun and HLT. Hoping for a chiller for Christmas.
  • My favorite beer from living in Europe was Schwarzbier. I tried everything I could get. I basically sampled everything I could find all over the continent. I would eventually like to try a Trappiste trippel in the Orval style. Also want to experiment with an imperial stout and maybe a simple farmhouse saison. I am a scientist at heart, so this is going to be fun.
  • Honey stout
  • air
  • Grandpa's Strong AlernThumper Imperial IPA
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  • Married
  • Stewart's Run Farm, near Fredericksburg
  • VA


  • Posted in thread: Need a butcher - VA on 07-20-2015 at 08:37 PM
    Help! I have two hogs that I need to butcher. One of them needs to go immediately. My dilemma.
    I had planned to do it myself about 3 months ago but I got deployed. Now it is 95 degrees so I
    need to fi...

  • Posted in thread: Cold Break Brewing Microbrew Series Giveaway - Open to All! on 06-25-2015 at 11:33 AM
    Looks awesome. Please pick me!

  • Posted in thread: How do you kill a hop vine? on 04-12-2015 at 06:18 PM
    Generally a backhoe will take care of the problem but no guarantee. I think the trick is to get
    the entire rhizome (which will have multiplied considerably over the 15 years) so lots of
    digging. You d...

  • Posted in thread: What is your favorite yeast for soda ? on 05-29-2014 at 05:20 PM
    I was thinking this might work. How did you pasteurize the glass bottled soda? Low temp more
    time or high temp short time? I am not a fan of plastic and like pulling a cold bottle out of
    the fridge.

  • Posted in thread: Frustrated with thermometers. on 05-29-2014 at 05:00 PM
    Your infrared thermometer only reads surface temp and the others will read the temp at the
    location of the probe. Infrared if probably not a great choice for a BK full of wort. The
    others should be cl...

  • Posted in thread: Trip to San Antonio - Brewery suggestions? on 02-26-2014 at 02:30 PM
    I am headed to Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio so I am looking for good breweries to visit
    (preferably ones serving food for dinner) and hotel recommendations within walking distance of
    those breweries ...

  • Posted in thread: Safale US-05's alcohol tolerance? on 01-31-2014 at 07:39 PM
    I brewed an IIPA that finished at 9.5% using 2 packets of US-05. No issues with the ferment or
    carbonation. Only thing I noticed was that it took a bit longer to achieve the proper balance
    in the bott...

  • Posted in thread: St. Paul, MN - breweries to visit? on 01-10-2014 at 08:15 PM
    I am headed up to St. Paul next week. Any recommendations on which brewery(s) I should hit? I
    am not sure how many days I will be there so if there is a decent hotel located within walking
    distance of...

  • Posted in thread: Water filter on 12-31-2013 at 02:10 AM
    I was thinking about putting one of these together. Question for y'all. My Brita filter says
    that you should not let it dry out. If I build one of these it will be for filtering water for
    brewing. Eve...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone canning turkey? on 12-31-2013 at 01:52 AM
    For low acid foods you need a pressure cooker so you can get the temp up above boiling
    (212F/100C), whereas foods with adequate acid (think tomatoes) you can use a standard canning
    set up.We can rabbi...

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