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  • Cars,Motorcycles,Sports (playing soccer,watching soccer and football),container gardening
  • Surgery Resident
  • I started out with an extract brew in early 2011. It didn't take long for me to catch the bug. My current set-up is mostly DIY with a 10gal cooler MLT, 7 gallong brew-pot/hotwater tank, self bent 20ft copper immersion wort chiller, 6.5 gallon and 5 gallon class carboys. All brews bottle conditioned, may get into kegs later (Christmas present?).
    I like a wide range of styles, but I brew mainly Belgian styles. I think these represent the pinnacle of ale brewing and they aren't very available/afforadble thus translate well to homebrewing. I also am into gardening and have a few cascade plants which are doing well. I'm working on growing some Seville orange trees in containers so that one day (10 years from now) I can brew wits with my own bitter orange peel. I like to culture yeast for many of my brews as well. Happy Brewing!
  • Next brew: Red Label (Dubbel)

    Brune d'Orval - Darker brown beer using cultured Orval yeast (yes, I know it is a mix of brett and sacc) using lots of toasted malts and adjuncts.
    Kentucky Common (I'm from KY and went to med school in Louisville).
    American Pale Ale using homegrown Cascade hops.
    Want to do a traditional Bock as first lager at some point
    Check out my recipes and comment on Hopville:
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  • Amber Ale (Bell's Yeast)
    Moorefield Farmhand's ale (Mashup of adjuncts with Bell's yeast)
  • Scotch Ale (from kit),
    Dunkelweizen (extract with steeping grains, should have brewed in the fall),
    White Label (All grain, Tripel)
    Rye Saison
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  • Posted in thread: Stirplate with 5V computer fan and arduino on 01-19-2014 at 01:11 PM
    Sure. Code at the bottom. The plate works fine. It is a little finicky, sometimes the stir bar
    will just jump around so usually check on it twice a day or so when it is running and sometimes
    have to s...

  • Posted in thread: Better Use For Spent Grains? on 07-27-2012 at 07:11 PM
    Spent grain waffles. I literally just make waffle batter from the first recipe I find online
    and add 2 cups of spent grain. It uses about even amounts of flour and spent grains. It makes
    more waffles ...

  • Posted in thread: Fellow homebrewers, meet my new beer engine . . . on 06-08-2012 at 10:10 PM
    Looks like it has been a little while for action on this thread. I have seen some negative
    reviews for the rocket pump most people have used for their beer engines. Has anyone tried
    this: doesn't loo...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone use mini-kegs or 1gallon kegs with a beer engine on 06-07-2012 at 08:57 PM
    I've searched for info on this both on here and google and come up with a few leads, but most
    of them a year or two old at least. I've only bottled in the past, but I recently went on a
    trip to Scotla...

  • Posted in thread: Guinness Lager on 10-05-2011 at 04:13 PM
    So is this stuff as bad as beer advocate says, or are they trashing it just because it isn't
    traditional? Has anyone tried it yet? I find people's reaction to this sort of thing
    interesting. It may be...

  • Posted in thread: Some interesting first year growing observations on 09-24-2011 at 07:02 PM
    This is my first year growing and I am very pleased with the results. I am in Central VA and
    grew two cascade vines up the back of my deck of my townhouse. I read that you shouldn't expect
    much produc...

  • Posted in thread: Lion Red Clone? on 09-15-2011 at 05:00 PM
    He kind of did. I have a little experience with NZ beers from visiting there. Lion Red was
    drinkable, and not terrible, but I would also compare it to US macrobrews. Could be worse, he
    could have aske...

  • Posted in thread: Brewer's Gold Hops on 09-15-2011 at 04:57 PM
    I've never used them as whole hops before, but I have used brewer's gold pellets as the
    bittering addition in a belgian tripel and a saison. I have heard they can give a black currant
    like flavor and ...

  • Posted in thread: Simple American Amber Ale on 08-31-2011 at 06:43 PM
    That sounds like a delicious late summer/early fall beer. I'd definitely keep the willamette in
    the mix. I've never worked with liberty, what kind of characteristics is it supposed to add?

  • Posted in thread: Good yeast for saison fermenting @ ~82f? on 08-27-2011 at 12:04 AM
    I'm currently (literally right now) drinking a rye saison that I fermented at 85 with saison
    dupont yeast. No bubblegum whatsoever, some pepper instead. In fact it is delicious. Mine was
    an actual bot...