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Join Date:

10-03-2011

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07-15-2012 7:38 AM

    ABOUT ME

  • I started out an Electro Mechanical engineer, but later in life went the medical route and now I am A Nurse, Also I am a Combat Medic in the Army Reserve and have served two tours in Iraq
  • Riding my Harley and
    Brewing
  • Nurse
  • Gary Fortin
  • Country, Alternative
  • Hunt for Red October
  • both are off the air now but Lost, and Boston legal
  • the only reading I do now is further progression in my nursing, AND Brewing
  • Portland Mashing Maniacs (PMM)
  • During my last deployment, I had a lot of spare time to read a couple of books, Extreme Brewing and, the Art of Brewing Beer. I did my home work and research and recipe list figured out I would start slow with extract and move to partial grains, which I have done. Now during my second deployment have designed and researched a parts list of my new HERIMS brewery I will build when I return home (parts are already in the garage awaiting my return). I will record and document the whole construction process. My current build set is to build a semi automated system (based on my current parts list) for about $2400 and add a Brewtroller full automation for $900 later on. I believe I will be the first brewer to use all 80/20 extruded aluminum for the two tiered HERIMS, I am anxious to share this with everyone.
  • ALLAGASH White clone
    My own recipe converted to all grain "mandarin pale ale"
  • American Pale ale
  • Pilsners, Belgium strong ale, Pale ale
  • Black RyePA, Belgium Wit, English style bitter
  • in operation in full swing and working well, I have also incorporated filtering beer of the lighter varieties, I. E. pilsners and pale ales, this way i can experiment with different yeast without the worry of clarity.
  • Male
  • Married
  • Biddeford
  • Me

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Added a new Photo on 12/26/2011

  • Posted in thread: Advice on sparge water temp on 10-28-2011 at 05:29 PM
    If your serious about all grain, you should get a water report and a ph meter._ Yes thanks, I
    did order a PH meter and I found a link for a water testing company, as soon as i get home i
    will send in ...

  • Posted in thread: Hello from Iraq! on 10-28-2011 at 03:41 PM
    Quick introduction, I've been doing extract brewing for a few years now and am about to step up
    to all grain once this deployment is over. I'm stationed at Fort Hood, TX. I made a couple
    batches of me...

  • Posted in thread: Advice on sparge water temp on 10-28-2011 at 03:37 PM
    Yea, I think there is a units/timing issue here. I add water which is 185deg F for my batch
    sparge to get 152 up to 168. I don't want to exceed the 172 mark when the grain is sitting. You
    know, gafort...

  • Posted in thread: Advice on sparge water temp on 10-28-2011 at 06:49 AM
    It's more pH related than temperature related. Think about it- doing a decoction is boiling the
    grain- which gets well over 180 degrees! But because the pH of the decoction is low, you don't
    pull tann...

  • Posted in thread: Advice on sparge water temp on 10-28-2011 at 06:41 AM
    Ok all thanks for the replies, I see that there is some debate on this just on the 4 replies I
    received so far, hope this doesn't spark up something. I thought I was thinking it through
    correctly I ju...

  • Posted in thread: Advice on sparge water temp on 10-27-2011 at 07:59 AM
    Hello all, I am still fairly new to posting here, due to multiple deployments so bare with me
    on this. My question (which i researched and did not find the answer) is all the reading I have
    done on th...

  • Posted in thread: BeerSmith 2.0 - $21.95 - BLOWOUT! on 10-25-2011 at 10:59 AM
    Hello, I was trying to purchase Beersmith through you site and it reports that there is an
    error processing the order i reviewed everything on my card three times and check my bank
    plenty of money so ...

  • Posted in thread: Alaskan Amber Clone on 10-22-2011 at 10:10 AM
    I really like Alasan Amber and searched far and wide with a recipe, but got mixed results. Lots
    of BS with little feedback. Regardless, I brewed this batch, and it is definitely a keeper.
    Best Amber I...

  • Posted in thread: Moving to Boston... Where to brew?? on 10-04-2011 at 01:11 PM
    Are you kidding me New England has many of the best Brewerys micro brew all the way into Maine,
    Seadog brewery, allagash, moosehead, tons in NH, remember from Boston, you are only about 40
    minutes f...

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