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  • Large Batches: 5500 watt eBIAB Kettle controlled with an Electric Brewing Supply 30 amp Panel. Small Batches: Stove top 5 Gallon pots with a DIY Arduino HERMS unit for mash temp control. Fermentation Control: Chest Freezer controlled by a BrewPi.
  • Computer Programming,Carpentry,Leatherwork
  • Student, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Cody Gish
  • The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, Brewing Classic Styles, Radical Brewing, Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book, The Homebrewers' Recipe Guide. The Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings Series. Anything by P.S. Power, Ilona Andrews, Elliott Kay, John Scalzi, & John G. Hartness. Most of Orson Scott Card and Robert A. Heinlein's work.
  • M.O.B.S. - (Midwestern Ohio Brewing Society)
  • Started on an outside burner, soon moved to a bigger pot. I do some small BIAB batches on the stove. Won the 30A BCS Control Panel from Electric Brewing Supply in the HomeBrewTalk 2014 Big Giveaway. Today, I have an Electric BIAB system and BrewPi Fermentation Controller, but am still bottling. I have been using the "A Brewing Water Chemistry Primer" thread here on HBT for my water. The combination of a good water base, precise mash control from the BCS, panel, and precise fermentation control from the BrewPi has improved my beers quite a bit. I have the equipment for oxygenating the wort, so that is the next step.
  • American Pale Ale, Bourbon Barrel Ale, Cream of Three Crops, and Kottbusser
  • Ordinary Bitter, Chocolate Porter, American BarleyWine (BCS)
  • Cream of Six Crops, Requiem of Raspberry, American IPA (BCS), Schneider Weisse Clone, Edwort's Bavarian Hefeweizen, Cream of Three Crops, Cream of Three Crops Apricot, House Amber, Pumpkin Spice Cider, Skeeter Pee
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  • Sidney
  • Ohio


  • Posted in thread: Ok... So it is an obsession... on 02-07-2016 at 03:58 AM
    Why and how does this happen?Seriously? My SO told me I was "obsessed", I said "nah, it's just
    just a hobby..." But I must digress, it consumes my every though, I can't go anywhere without
    trying to f...

  • Posted in thread: Taking time efficiency to ridiculous extremes 79 minute brew on 02-04-2016 at 08:26 PM
    Process was a 30 minute inline mash, inline meaning I doughed in at 130F doing BIAB, fast
    heated to 145 from the 120 actual temp after adding grain (about 5 min), then slow heated to
    155 at about 3 mi...

  • Posted in thread: 1 barrel set up on 01-29-2016 at 09:18 PM
    Do you want this for yourself, or are you looking to start a commercial brewery?The first is
    expensive, but doable.The latter costs a lot more.

  • Posted in thread: Centennial Blonde (Simple 4% All Grain, 5 & 10 Gall) on 01-29-2016 at 05:20 PM
    Any clean ale yeast is fine. US-05 and wlp-001 are good choices.

  • Posted in thread: Centennial Blonde (Simple 4% All Grain, 5 & 10 Gall) on 01-29-2016 at 12:36 AM
    I am about to do this recipe as my first AG BIAB (full volume mash) brew. Any tips from having
    done this via BIAB before would be appreciated. It seems like a pretty straight forward method
    and recipe...

  • Posted in thread: Overstock KEG SALE + 5 Gallon Keg Giveaway - on 01-24-2016 at 05:14 AM
    Yes, Please.

  • Posted in thread: I might have screwed up my starter on 01-23-2016 at 06:05 PM
    Ok, at 24 hours after the incident I made another starter. All last night and this morning I
    have steady activity in the flask. I am about 40 hours into the starter now, can I brew beer
    and pitch it n...

  • Posted in thread: Any helpful BIAB tips? on 01-23-2016 at 05:23 AM
    but... my brewhouse efficiency sucks and the clarity sucks.Hang in there. There is a learning
    curve with any new process. The clarity of the final product should not suffer.This is a BIAB
    batch - BM's...

  • Posted in thread: I have 4 seperate batches of cider that won't drop below 1.020 on 01-22-2016 at 07:56 PM
    Refractometers cannot measure gravity once alcohol is present. You have to adjust the reading.
    There is a calculator here.

  • Posted in thread: $50 Dedicated HERMS on 01-22-2016 at 02:20 PM
    I saw this thread today and realized I haven't posted a picture in this thread of my variation
    on this idea.I use my small herms for stovetop batches. I even used it once as the heating
    element for a ...

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