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  • Landisville, PA
  • Beer
  • Mike
  • Rock, (hard & punk), Jazz
  • JE, (froggyfrog), got me into brewing. Or maybe I made him allow me to participate. It's hazy, at best. Either way, I jumped straight into all-grain, and have never stopped to look back. I have no fear of trying new things, doing things slightly "against the rules", don't give two sh*ts about "what some book says", and am willing to put anything into a beer, just to see what becomes of it. Except tomatoes. (Don't ask me, ask the frog.) I brew what I drink, and fortunately, I make some rather good beer, except for those couple of batches that I hated, and some of the rest of you really liked. You know who you are, and I thank you for drinking them.
  • Pumpkin Barleywine, Double Chocolate Stout, Double Coffee Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, Southern Brown Ale, Pina Colada IPA, Chinook IPA, Northern German Alt
  • Orange Blossom Mead (15G)
  • Port Wine Porter, Bourbon Oak Porter
  • Butternut Squash Amber Ale
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  • Posted in thread: Damn Japanese beetles are invading my Hopsyard! on 07-28-2015 at 02:37 PM
    I have a serious Japanese beetle problem on my green beans, but not my hops, which are roughly
    15 feet away. Weird.

  • Posted in thread: Sunday Morning on 07-26-2015 at 02:25 PM
    I don't go back to work until next Monday, and thus, already forgot this is Sunday morning.
    Already had coffee, two screwdrivers, and a margarita. Washed the dishes, watered the garden,
    have lunch in ...

  • Posted in thread: Compost and spent grain on 07-25-2015 at 11:23 PM
    If you have a paper shredder, throw some newspaper through it. That's always an easy
    out-of-season "brown".

  • Posted in thread: 2015 Hop Harvest Totals on 07-25-2015 at 11:20 PM
    Hell, I had a really early harvest, like a month ago. I've got another variety that'll be ready
    to pick soon.0+5 oz cascade =5 oz.

  • Posted in thread: Ha! Opened Pandora's Box!... on 07-24-2015 at 07:36 PM
    I have four hydrometers, and all four read differently. I use the one that is closest to 1.000
    in distilled water @ 60 degrees. The other three just hang around and look pretty.

  • Posted in thread: Concentrated Lemonade Flavoring? on 07-22-2015 at 11:50 PM
    Lemon juice.

  • Posted in thread: Sunday Morning on 07-19-2015 at 12:09 PM
    Starting off slow, listing to Loreena Mckennitt - The Book of Secrets. There is much to do
    today. Mowing, grocery shopping, weeding, and assorted other indoor/outdoor chores are all on
    the "hope-to-do...

  • Posted in thread: S-04 in a hoppy cream ale? on 07-17-2015 at 11:50 PM
    Please tell me you mean flaked corn and not Kellogg's Corn Flakes. ;)I love Cluster. They're a
    great middle of the road hop that I throw into all kinds of stuff.

  • Posted in thread: Stupid Newbie Question - How to make a starter? on 07-17-2015 at 11:25 PM
    When you make the starter, decant the liquid, add some of your must to the starter, swirl it
    up, and pitch. Unless you're worried about "contaminating" your mead with a tiny bit of beer,
    just go with ...

  • Posted in thread: S-04 in a hoppy cream ale? on 07-17-2015 at 11:20 PM
    I use a LOT of S-04, even in beers that would traditionally use an American strain. So, will it
    make a good cream ale? Probably. Will it make a to-style cream ale? No. But your IBU's are
    already well ...

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