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  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • My wife bought me a kit at Barnes and Noble to make a six pack of beer in 2000 on a whim. I made a six-pack of cidery vinegar, but I was hooked. I started with Brewer's Best kits, but quickly began tweaking, and then creating my own, recipes. Extract brewing became boring, so I spent a year putting together an all-grain system and just racked my second all-grain batch to the primary.


  • Posted in thread: Fixing low SG on bottling day? on 03-16-2008 at 12:45 AM
    Thanks for the quick response and for pointing out that my math was off on the DME addition.
    Here's the recipe:Size: 5.28 galEfficiency: 78.35%Attenuation: 78.7%Calories: 151.73 per 12.0
    fl ozOriginal...

  • Posted in thread: Fixing low SG on bottling day? on 03-16-2008 at 12:21 AM
    Today I brewed an APA with a target SG of 1.046, but for some reason my efficiency was off by
    about 20 points and I ended up with 5.25 gal. of 1.035 wort. I've never had to add DME to
    adjust the gravi...

  • Posted in thread: A question for those of you that fly sparge on 02-16-2008 at 11:19 PM
    I did a mash out for the first time today in my cooler mash tun, using Beertools Pro to
    calculate volumes and temps, and while the results weren't perfect, they were pretty damn
    close. What I did was ...

  • Posted in thread: Why do most homebrewers make really hoppy beer? on 02-08-2008 at 01:13 AM
    I'm not crazy about overly-hopped beers either, a little goes a long way and I prefer my beers
    on the sweeter side. I also think some people are just more sensitive to bitterness. My wife
    won't drink ...

  • Posted in thread: Water 1st, or Grain 1st? on 01-22-2008 at 11:44 PM
    What, there's no one right way to do this brewing thing? Man, this is hard.I always heard to
    add grain to the water to keep the grains suspended and avoid a compacted grain bed. But then,
    if you stir,...

  • Posted in thread: Third AG Batch, Not Sure What I'm Looking At on 01-22-2008 at 11:33 PM
    Do you use a program to figure your strike temp? What temp was that supposed to be? I don't use
    a program, what I did on my first two batches was heat the strike water to 170F, use it to heat
    the tun ...

  • Posted in thread: Third AG Batch, Not Sure What I'm Looking At on 01-22-2008 at 03:59 AM
    Yesterday I brewed my third all-grain batch. I overshot my mash temp, tried cooling with cold
    water, overdid it and dropped my mash temp to 140F. I gradually added small quantities of hot
    water to rai...

  • Posted in thread: Steam beer on 01-16-2008 at 03:23 AM
    I brew a steam beer with White Labs San Francisco lager yeast and ferment around 66-68 and the
    beer turns out great.

  • Posted in thread: Yeast Concern This Morning on 01-06-2008 at 02:20 AM
    Out of sheer laziness and/or bad timing, I've pitched smack packs without starters, and while
    fermentation took a bit longer to start, the batches turned out fine.

  • Posted in thread: What cotainer to use for yeast starter? on 01-06-2008 at 02:15 AM
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the erlenmeyer flasks yet. The real advantage here is that
    you can set it right on the burner to boil your wort before you pitch the yeast and it's got a
    flat bottom...