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  • I'm a student of traditional Chinese medicine and western herbal medicine, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm also a guitarist, drummer, and electronic musician, and I moonlight as a microtonal music theorist. I used to "experiment" with entheogenic plants in my younger days, but these days my favorite buzz comes from puerh tea or a good pint of homebrew.
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  • I'm a gluten-free homebrewer out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Before I was into gluten-free homebrewing, I was into regular homebrewing...well, maybe not "regular", considering my attitude was always "everything and the kitchen sink!". I've only brewed one beer in my life that could be considered "normal" (a black ale); some were so weird only my closest friends could be talked into trying them. Now that I'm gluten-free, I'm edging back toward normalcy, since I no longer have the luxury of drinking any style imaginable right off the shelf. But I still have a penchant for gruits, braggots, and other herbal creations.

    Right now I'm doing small batches (3 gallon) while I experiment with different recipes--I learned the hard way that 5 gallons of crappy beer is serious bad news. So far I've brewed 3 batches of gluten-free beer--one's been drunk, one's bottle-conditioning, and one's still in the fermenter.
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  • Posted in thread: Help a New GF Brewery! on 11-13-2014 at 02:23 AM
    Hey folks, just wanted to let everyone know--we've only got a few hours to go on this and we're
    SO CLOSE to our goal! If you can help at all, even $10, it might mean the difference between us
    getting ...

  • Posted in thread: Help a New GF Brewery! on 10-20-2014 at 05:58 PM
    Long time no see, fellow gluten-free homebrewers! Some of you may know me, some of you may not,
    it's been a while since I was posting obsessively here. The reason: I've turned pro, and my
    brewery is a...

  • Posted in thread: Dialing in the Millet Mash on 04-08-2014 at 05:29 AM
    So guys, I've run a series of tests recently, and while I've concluded that I need to improve
    my equipment setup to achieve proper temp control (mashing 0.5 gallon batches on the stove or
    in the oven ...

  • Posted in thread: Opinions on best lauter tun for GF on 04-08-2014 at 05:06 AM
    Depends on how fine you grind. I've heard from an inside source that a large brewery
    successfully used millet malt on their regular pilot system, milled to .7 mm, and did not
    require any rice hulls fo...

  • Posted in thread: Clarity-Ferm, Gluten Testing, and Gluten Sensitivity on 04-08-2014 at 05:00 AM
    Robodeath, have you tried Corona? Because it passes the same tests that Omission
    does.Celiacguy, I am well aware of how the enzyme works against that peptide sequence, as I
    think I made quite clear. Y...

  • Posted in thread: Clarity-Ferm, Gluten Testing, and Gluten Sensitivity on 04-02-2014 at 08:29 PM
    I think you've got a few things wrong here, mate.This thread has some misinformation in it. The
    way it describes the immune response to gluten is off. If you change one amino acid in a
    peptide it migh...

  • Posted in thread: Do malted grains taist different? on 04-02-2014 at 08:09 PM
    Well for starters, you can't replicate the flavor of crystal malt without malting a grain, and
    at least with millet, the flavor of the roasted grain is also quite different. I notice it less
    with buck...

  • Posted in thread: Dialing in the Millet Mash on 03-30-2014 at 07:34 AM
    A hydrometer measures the relative density of a liquid in comparison to water. As brewers, we
    use a saccharometer which measures the amount of sugar in solution. Starch is mostly insoluble.
    If you had...

  • Posted in thread: Dialing in the Millet Mash on 03-28-2014 at 08:06 PM
    Nothing in these trials is meaningless. If unconverted starch pushes up the SG compared to wort
    that has achieved close to full conversion, then that tells me something important, namely that
    I can ga...

  • Posted in thread: Dialing in the Millet Mash on 03-27-2014 at 02:35 AM
    If no one knows how conversion amount affects hydrometer readings, my next test will be just
    straight gelatinize some malt in solution at temperature above saccharification, collect the
    starchy wort, ...


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