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  • Corrales, New Mexico
  • Brewing and family life
  • Tom Hart
  • Ukulele punk
  • Whatever the kids are watching.
  • Who has time for TV?
  • The ones with pages and print, preferably in english.
  • Dukes of Ale, BJCP National judge judge
  • I started brewing in 1982 when a friend told me it was a good idea. The first batch was inspired by Mother Earth News and used crappy extract with old brown hops and dry yeast from a health food store (it was Oklahoma in the '80s, what can I say). The batch was passable enough to cause me to make another one and three or so batches later I was going all-grain.

    I co-founded the Rio Grande Brewing company where I served as head-brewer. It was a bottling micro that is still in operation but under different ownership. We had limited success, but did win two GABF medals along the way.

    I am now very happy simply homebrewing, although my system is a bit over the top. I continue to upgrade and renovate my system and recognise I am a certified gadget junkie.

    I tend to brew strong beers, and have been in a stout rut of late. Because of a new jacketed conical I have recently had built I am ready to dive into the world of lagers once again, but don't know where that will lead.
  • Nothing but dead air and dust.
  • I don't use no stinkin' secondary.
  • Strong beer.
  • Everything else (see above).
  • Male
  • Married


  • Posted in thread: Spike Brewing Kettle Giveaway on 08-09-2016 at 08:28 PM
    ok, bring it to me.

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-17-2014 at 01:58 PM
    I wouldn't know what to do with 25 gallons of beer for one recipe.Always brew with friends.
    :tank: 5 gallons of beer goes a long way for me anymore!

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-14-2014 at 01:37 PM
    Thanks. It has been fun to build.

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-13-2014 at 02:27 PM
    Detail photos: chiller:

  • Posted in thread: Show us your sculpture or brew rig on 03-11-2014 at 11:29 PM

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-11-2014 at 08:41 PM
    Last piece installed! It is now ready! I think Ill make a black IIPA!Desert Fish - Black Fish
    IPA14-C Imperial IPASize: 25.0 galEfficiency: 70.0%Attenuation: 82.0%Calories: 258.78 kcal per
    12.0 fl ozO...

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-11-2014 at 03:59 PM
    I re-configured it to work without a steam generator. It works a bit like a pressure cooker.
    The jacket has some water in it, and there is a pressure relief valve for safety. A burner is
    located in th...

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-11-2014 at 03:54 PM
    The kettle on the right is 60 gallon. The MLT is 40.The rig has a 2 zone chiller that uses
    glycol to chill water that runs through an immersion chiller/whirlpool.

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-11-2014 at 03:51 PM
    They are. I got them from a university in Oklahoma for a song. The larger one has been altered
    and now is direct fire, but the one in the middle, which is the MLT is still steam heated.

  • Posted in thread: System Rebuild with photo on 03-11-2014 at 03:38 PM
    So, I am 99% done with my rebuild with only one barb fitting on the chiller to replace. I can't
    wait to fire it up and make some beer. In the picture the system is set up for the chilling
    whirlpool. :...

Before I learned to brew I was poor, sober and lonely. Now I am just poor.
July 23, 2008  •  05:27 PM
Brewpastor has the strength of 10 Morgan Freemans.
July 26, 2008  •  03:06 PM
“Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”
July 26, 2008  •  05:15 PM
He who drinks beer gets drunk.

He who gets drunk goes to sleep.

He who sleeps does not sin.

So lets drink and go to heaven!!!

August 7, 2008  •  02:59 AM
Can you provide me with some examples of Ukelele Punk, so that I may experience that awesomeness?
September 4, 2008  •  03:56 PM
Stoned Monkey!

That's as funny as it gets.