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  • Allentown, PA
  • Brewer since 1991
  • 1991 Extract Kit brewing
    1992 Partial Grain, 1G Mash system - stovetop
    1994 2G Mash system - improved stovetop
    1996 3G Mash system - RIMS: sawed-off kegs & electrical heaters
    1999 4G Mash system - 3-tier gravity: Polarware pots & propane burners
  • Gold Standard Ale
    Frosty Mocha Madness Stout
    Louie the Great Old Ale
    Men of the Flaming Cloth CAP
  • Male
  • Married


  • Posted in thread: Wyeast 1007 on 01-07-2010 at 06:02 PM
    Wyeast 1007 is one of my favorites - very reliable, and highlights malty notes very well. My
    basement is gets down to 52F in the winter, and it ferments just fine at least down to that

  • Posted in thread: Bottle (color) Question on 12-23-2009 at 08:43 PM
    Agree - the value of brown bottles is highly over-rated for beer that is not sitting under
    fluorescent lights in a display case. For homebrew stored in your dark basement, it makes no
    difference. I've...

  • Posted in thread: Getting the most of specialty grains? on 12-22-2009 at 06:11 PM
    Short of doing a mini-mash, you're doing about all that can be done. No harm in steeping
    longer, but ultimately if you're not happy with the result, you'll need to bump up the amount
    of specialty grai...

  • Posted in thread: Wine Yeast in Belgium Triple on 12-22-2009 at 06:08 PM
    Any wine yeast might leave you drier than you'd like, but I find Lalvin 71B-1122 not as bone
    dry as Champagne yeast or K1-V-1116.

  • Posted in thread: More First Wort Hopping (FWH) Methods on 12-22-2009 at 05:55 PM
    Agreed - scientific methods are a must in my work, but who wants to do that with a hobby? OK, I
    haven't done a FWH brew in a long time - I guess that's next, unless my LHBS is out of

  • Posted in thread: More First Wort Hopping (FWH) Methods on 12-22-2009 at 05:17 PM
    Clearly an area worthy of research ... I would think that your high alpha hops with
    flavor/aroma (e.g. Centennial) would be good candidates for FWH, Palmer's advice
    notwithstanding. I'd think that mov...

  • Posted in thread: harpoon raspberry hefeweizen clone?? on 12-21-2009 at 05:56 PM
    First step is to make a good hefewiezen. Fortunately, this is a pretty easy style, and one you
    can do very nicely with extracts. You should base it on what wheat-malt extract you can find
    (should be i...

  • Posted in thread: Properties of Mint under fermentation on 12-21-2009 at 05:41 PM
    Hmmm, I've heard of narcotic effects of other herbs, but not mint. OTOH, catnip is a mint, and
    look what it does to cats... I guess I never liked mint enough to use that much...

  • Posted in thread: Dry hopping side effect or early timing? on 12-18-2009 at 05:47 PM
    Looks to me like the dry hops may just be assisting in forcing CO2 out of solution. You'll know
    for sure when you measure the FG. Either way, don't worry. It looks normal, and your IPA should
    be aweso...

  • Posted in thread: Barley Crusher - Awesome crush! on 12-18-2009 at 05:42 PM
    Yes, owning a malt mill is key - I'd hate to rely on my LHBS for that, and besides, it allows
    you to buy grains in bulk. Mine is a MaltMill I bought in 1992, and it is no longer pretty, but
    it still g...