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  • I am a wine consultant in Central VA with a huge passion for all things fermented. I love good wine, beer, and food, and am always looking to try the next new and exciting thing. I also love great music, photography, films, and my wife Kelly, our dogs Darwin and Molly, and our cats Sam, Boo, and Hunter.
  • Food,Beer,Wine,Reading,Photography,Homebrewing
  • Wine Consultant
  • Dan
  • Anything and everything, but my favorite bands are Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Thursday, and The D
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  • The Omnivores Dilemma, The Sun Also Rises, Setting The Table
  • Sam Calgione's book "Extreme Brewing" was on sale at Barnes and Noble for $9, and I've always been interested in homebrewing, so I picked it up. After reading the whole thing front to back, I took the plunge, bought some equipment, and started brewing. After finally moving into a house last month, I now have space to ramp-up regular production. Cheers!
  • The White Tornado Wit, Flanders Red, Orgastich Kolsch, Uncle Dunkleweizen
  • Primary 1: Big Liberty American Strong
    Primary 2: Sour Peach Ginger Wit
  • Secondary 1: Quaker Baker Oatmeal Stout
    Seconday 2: Inner Sanctum Triple
  • CitrAmarillo IPA, Motueka Pale Ale
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  • VA


  • Posted in thread: Craigslist Ad Posted Today on 03-22-2013 at 01:09 PM
    Hey All,Sorry I haven't had a chance to update, but here's what we're looking at:* Orange round
    10 gal cooler mash tun with valve and domed stainless false bottom ($120retail) - SOLD* 8
    gallon heavy g...

  • Posted in thread: Craigslist Ad Posted Today on 03-13-2013 at 04:17 PM
    I believe the kegs have been taken, but if it falls through, if you're willing to pay S+H, I'm
    willing to ship.

  • Posted in thread: Craigslist Ad Posted Today on 03-13-2013 at 04:12 PM
    Hi all, this is from me. Decided to hang up my Mash Tun and focus on my Photography and Music
    (damn expensive interests and their expensive equipment). Feel free to PM me any questions.

  • Posted in thread: New Product! Cool Brewing Fermentation Cooler on 06-25-2012 at 01:48 AM
    Finally got around to trying mine. Works GREAT!! Kolsch is actively fermenting in the basement
    at 55F with two 1gal jugs of ice.

  • Posted in thread: Must see breweries before you die! on 06-20-2012 at 03:16 AM
    Lagunitas is a ton of fun. They have some munchies and live music to go with the beer. Good

  • Posted in thread: Brett and Bottle....or Bulk Age, Brett and then Bottle on 06-12-2012 at 03:38 PM
    Remember that Brett can be incredibly attenuative, so if you add it at bottling, be sure to
    compensate for the amount of priming sugar. If you plan on aging for any significant time, you
    could end up ...

  • Posted in thread: East coast beer trip!!! on 06-12-2012 at 03:34 PM
    I highly recommend Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA. I second this. And while you're here in
    the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out the rest of the "Brew Ridge Trail." Down the road (RT151)
    from Blue ...

  • Posted in thread: Gnat in my starter, I still pitched it on 06-12-2012 at 02:55 PM
    Reminds me of this joke: One day an Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman walked into a pub
    together. They each bought a pint of Guinness. Just as they were about to enjoy their creamy
    beverage, thr...

  • Posted in thread: clove flavors? on 06-12-2012 at 03:08 AM
    4-Ethylguaiacol, which is the phenolic compound that we associate with the clove aroma in beer,
    can be produced by Saccharomyces (particularly in wheat strains), but is often a product of

  • Posted in thread: What do you keep your yeast starter in? on 06-11-2012 at 10:05 PM
    I start with a 1000ml flask, but step it up to either a 1/2gal or 1gal jug. The jugs are cheap
    and easy, the only reason I use a flask to start is the flat bottom.

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"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." ~Jack Handey