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12-10-2010

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    ABOUT ME

  • Born in '74, never married and no kids,which means I get to use my main refrigerator for lagering, plan my diet around as few perishable goods as possible for the sake of good lagers, and whatever dairy and produce that require constant refrigeration get to be stored in my mini fridge from my college days.....why have it any other way? I also drag the coffee table into the kitchen to place the lauter tun on for the 3-tier AG process. I am also college educated, bachelors degrees in both psychology and geography (So I am a tad indecisive, these two don't exactly gel together that well). I make digital maps for a living. I like to keep life simple yet fun. I laugh at dark humor and take nothing too seriously.
  • Cooking,running,guitar,building and flying R/C airplanes.
  • GIS Technician
  • Doug Prazak
  • Any rock....From Tool to Pink Floyd, Metallica to Deep Purple, Disturbed to Bad Company. Guitars an
  • Goofy spoof humor like Hot Shots, Naked Gun, Airplane. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I lo
  • Amazing Race, Ghost Hunters, Bizarre Foods, No Reservations, the ghost story shows on Biography Chan
  • Not much of a book reader. Brewing, guitar and running magazines....that's about it.
  • None at the moment. Used to belong to Itasca R/C Ass'n, but it's been a few years.
  • I began with small box kits in the late 90's. They were all extract, not even supplemental grains. They also had a generic dried yeast. I tried several of these, but they all seemed to come out the same, a bit dry with a mildewy note from the dry yeast. So, I gave it up. Then a friend gave me a catalog from a brewing store in St. Paul, MN. I saw the kits were better put together, and they used specialized, clean liquid yeast. They also had specialty grains to steep. So, about 9 years after my first venture I gave it another shot. First kit was an Extra Pale Ale, modeled after Summit Extra Pale Ale. Despite being extract, it had the caramel malt to steep, plus Wyeast #1056, and the correct hops. World of difference. Been hooked on the hobby ever since. I brewed a few extracts, then quickly moved up to all-grain. I now have 30+ all-grain batches under my belt, 10-12 of those being lagers. Now studying water chemistry. The learning in this hobby never ends.
  • I intend for a couple more lagers very soon so they will be ready by summer. I love a good dry-hopped aroma, and lately it's been noble hops, but like some music, my interest in various hop qualities comes and goes, often coming full circle. Currently, I have a Scotch Ale ready for secondary, a Pre-Prohibition Lager, lagering in the fridge at near freezing temps (the milk has slush in it). I also have a Patersbier in the keg, near empty, and a cream ale that's just been kegged, turned out nice, but a tad heavy with an OG of 1.050+.
  • Right now, just the Scotch Ale, but it will be transferred within the next couple days.
  • Pre-Prohibition Lager, clarifying at near freezing temps before going into the keg.
  • Nothing. I only use bottles for batches that do not yield a full 5 gallons so that I do not waste keg space. As noted above, Scotch Ale and Pre-Prohibition Lager are in line for packaging.
  • See above. I only own 2 kegs so far. Currently, Patersbier and cream ale.
  • Male
  • Single
  • Bemidji
  • MN

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  • Posted in thread: You know you're a home brewer when? on 04-22-2012 at 01:47 PM
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  • Posted in thread: You know you're a home brewer when? on 04-16-2012 at 01:04 PM
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  • Posted in thread: I guess I'm a drug dealer now?! on 04-11-2012 at 04:32 PM
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  • Posted in thread: I guess I'm a drug dealer now?! on 04-10-2012 at 10:24 PM
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  • Posted in thread: Cheap, nasty, and diluted vodka for airlocks on 04-07-2012 at 02:48 PM
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  • Posted in thread: If you could brew any beer right now what would it be? on 04-07-2012 at 02:36 PM
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  • Posted in thread: oatmeal stout recipe help on 04-07-2012 at 03:08 AM
    I've made the NB oatmeal stout AG recipe 5 times. It's lighter than my preference @1.045+/- but
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  • Posted in thread: Anyone else prefer to see into the primary? on 04-07-2012 at 01:04 AM
    I could never go back to the old white bucket. I too like to stop, watch the storm, level of
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