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    ABOUT ME

  • Michigan
  • Auto restoration,metalworking,oh yeah,and home brewing
  • Mechanical designer
  • Tom Griffin
  • 60's Rock
  • Who has time to watch TV?
  • I started brewing about three years ago. All of my brews so far have been with extract but I'm tooling up for all grain. I grow my own hops and am working on farming my own yeast. I am currently brewing one to two five gallon batches a month.
  • American Ale
    Imperial Stout
    Irish Ale
    Porter
    IPA
  • Male
  • Married

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  • Posted in thread: 2013 Hop garden photo thread on 06-26-2013 at 06:01 AM
    What part of our great state!? And i have to say ive never seen leaves that big.. And i thought
    my cascades where doing well at 22+ feet already!Farmington Hills, just NW of Detroit. It must
    be someth...

  • Posted in thread: 2013 Hop garden photo thread on 06-26-2013 at 05:13 AM
    Any burrs yet?The Centennials and Nuggets are showing a few, the rest are still filling out.

  • Posted in thread: 2013 Hop garden photo thread on 06-26-2013 at 01:47 AM
    It's been an exceptional season for hops here in Michigan so I thought I'd share some pictures
    of my crop. The beanstalks in the first two pics are Willamettes that have been in for about
    five years. ...

  • Posted in thread: Temperature Monitoring and Control with Arduino on 04-05-2011 at 08:46 PM
    Nice boil kettles and mashtuns, dont see any copper fermenters though. is not used as much
    today due to the expense. Stainless is much cheaper and easier to maintain. As far as it being
    reactive in t...

  • Posted in thread: Temperature Monitoring and Control with Arduino on 04-05-2011 at 07:25 PM
    One comment... From what I've read, copper is not the best thing to use for a thermowell when
    fermenting. Something about off-flavors and/or poisoning of the yeast?

  • Posted in thread: Hops in Michigan - first year report on 09-27-2010 at 02:55 PM
    The Willamette vines are still up since I was able to pick them from the deck and balcony so I
    left the vines for decoration. All the others have been taken down although the trellice is
    still up. Mos...

  • Posted in thread: Grocery Store Sanitizer in a Pinch?? on 09-27-2010 at 12:52 PM
    I thought that was bleach and ammonia that made chlorine gas, never heard of vinegar doing it
    tooBleach and ammonia will produce chlorine gas, but bleach and certain acids will as well
    depending on th...

  • Posted in thread: Grocery Store Sanitizer in a Pinch?? on 09-27-2010 at 05:18 AM
    Mixing bleach with an acid such as vinegar is risky since it can produce chlorine gas. Simple
    bleach works just fine at a concentration of one tablespoon per gallon of water. Apply for 20
    minutes and ...

  • Posted in thread: Hops in Michigan - first year report on 09-27-2010 at 04:59 AM
    I'm over in Farmington Hills. My varieties are Centennial, Nugget, Magnum, Willamette and
    Sterling. The Centennial is the most productive with three vines filling almost two 5 gallon
    buckets. The nugg...

  • Posted in thread: Hops system (chime in with notes) on 09-27-2010 at 04:43 AM
    The seven feet you have to work with will probably be fine for planter grown hops. The confined
    space around the rhizome will inhibit vine growth and restrict the hop production. Wherever you
    plant th...

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