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  • I'm a happily married charter pilot. I fly Learjets out of Van Nuys Ca. I know that I'm happily married because I came home from a trip the other night and I have 2 5 gal brews fermenting in primary carboys. I walked into our room and said, "Hey, I'm home! Our house smells like a brewery". my wife woke up and said, "I know, it's f***ing awesome!"
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  • I went through a phase were I was interested in making everything from my own BBQ sauce, cheese, even hummus! Obviously beer was my favorite.
    So my equipment has evolved from a small 5 gal extract setup to a 15 gal all grain system.
    latest brews have been:
    -Maple Stout
    -Almond Porter
    -English IPA
    -Belgian Pale
  • Belgian IPA, American Oaked IPA
  • Pale Ale, Belgian Pale Ale
  • Pale Ale, American IPA
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  • Posted in thread: Watering down a high OG Sour on 03-16-2014 at 11:41 PM
    Thanks for the great feedback. It was very helpful. The recipe is a basic Saison. Pils, Munich
    and Wheat malt. Old funky Hallertau hops (5 ounces in 20 gals). I used 5.2 PH stab in the.
    mashed at 148*...

  • Posted in thread: Watering down a high OG Sour on 03-14-2014 at 02:28 PM
    So my second attempt at a sour did not go quite as good as the first. The OG ended up at 1072,
    which was 10 points higher than planned. After pitching the Roselare blend and fermenting down
    to the low...

  • Posted in thread: Sky HighBU's on 04-28-2012 at 10:13 PM
    I just listened to a basic brewing podcast in which a two part "hop ceiling" episode was
    discussed and an extremely hoppy beer was sampled and there was a discussion about how the beer
    got so hoppy. W...

  • Posted in thread: Sky HighBU's on 04-25-2012 at 11:38 PM
    Howdy,So I've recently ventured off on my own, creating my own recipes and have been pretty
    successful making some dang good beer! One thing I can't understand is that after I plug all
    the info into B...

  • Posted in thread: I'm a red headed Step Mash child. Help! on 04-07-2012 at 11:47 PM
    thanks guys! That really helped a lot. I brewed this yesterday. It went fairly well for the
    most part. I went for: 20 min @ 140F, 50 min @ 153F, and 20 min @ 160F. Then mash out @ 170F.
    One thing that...

  • Posted in thread: I'm a red headed Step Mash child. Help! on 04-04-2012 at 11:44 PM
    I'm finally set up to start step mashing and I'm ready to give it a shot. Only problem is I
    dont understand it all that well yet. I thought Belgian beers were usually stepped mashed so I
    looked at a b...

  • Posted in thread: Dirty Monk Belgian Dark Strong Ale on 04-04-2012 at 08:27 PM
    I'd really like to try this but it will be my first time step mashing and I dont fully
    understand the discription:Double Infusion, Medium BodyStep Time Name Description Step Temp 45
    min Protein Rest A...

  • Posted in thread: Thinking about barrels on 03-28-2012 at 06:28 PM
    [QUOTE=helibrewer;3938235]What size barrel and what type of oak? New barrel? Is the barrel
    toasted?Thanks guys! I have a system that I can do 15 gal with and a standared 5 gal "Igloo"
    system to experi...

  • Posted in thread: Thinking about barrels on 03-28-2012 at 03:22 AM
    I'm thinking about starting to consider that there could be a possibility to ferment with an
    oak barrel. This is obviously my first time doing so and I have a tun of Q's. Do I just Xfer it
    to this bar...

  • Posted in thread: Experimenting? on 09-13-2010 at 12:00 AM
    Hey everyone,I'm somewhat new to homebrewing. I just started all grain brewing and have been
    having a lot of fun with it. I've been drinking beers such as dogfish head and have been
    curious as to when...