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  • Watertown, CT
  • I brew very happily at the extreme low end of the cost continuum. My fermenter is a $9 waterbottle from K-Mart, and I use extracts and specialty grains.

    I love the variety I can make. I have some standards I always make, but I also like to try something different from time to time.

    I've been brewing for around 15 years.
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  • Joseph M Labeck Jr
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  • Posted in thread: CT Brewers Check-In on 10-21-2013 at 05:51 AM
    Hi, allI live in Watertown (near Waterbury). I've been brewing since 1989. I also have a
    podcast ( and a blog (

  • Posted in thread: How long does beer last for? on 01-13-2012 at 07:40 PM
    It has nothing to do with anything. When I saw the subject line, "How long does beer last
    for?", my first thought was, "About 20 minutes".

  • Posted in thread: Extract vs. Grain on 01-11-2012 at 07:55 AM
    I brewed for 22 years using extract and specialty grains, and the last 1 1/2 years partial mash
    and all-grain. Start simple, then go as far and as fast as you feel comfortable. You can make
    great worl...

  • Posted in thread: Podcasts on 01-08-2012 at 06:06 AM
    Hi, uh, am I an expert? Hell, no! But after 23 years, I'd like to think I've learned a couple
    of things. I do a live, half-hour show every Sunday at 11:30 PM. You make what Online Radio by
    Joe Labeck ...

  • Posted in thread: what is your occupation on 01-03-2012 at 05:28 PM
    After 17 years as a fast food manager, I've had enough. I'm leaving at the end of January, to
    try my hand at making money without a paycheck. I'm going to be a full-time mystery shopper.

  • Posted in thread: How many all grain brewers don't measure efficiency? on 12-21-2011 at 10:46 PM
    Wow, I'm a terrible person. Don't calculate efficiency, don't measure OG or FG. If the beer
    tastes good, I did OK.

  • Posted in thread: Great Beer names on 12-20-2011 at 08:26 AM
    I just finished an Imperial Black IPA. Yes, I know, there's no such style. But I called
    itDanger, Will Robinson Ale

  • Posted in thread: "Guilty" confessions of a beer enthusiast on 12-19-2011 at 07:31 PM
    Let's see...besides what I produce, I enjoy Bud (a very good beer, actually), Rolling Rock, and
    Schaefer (believe it or not, sometimes I LIKE the corn taste).

  • Posted in thread: Son of a.... on 12-18-2011 at 04:07 PM
    A bench capper will do fine on twist-offs. I would recommend getting one.

  • Posted in thread: just wanted to say... on 12-18-2011 at 09:42 AM
    That's one thing I have always said. Whether you have Mr. Beer, or a 5-barrel microbrewery in
    the garage, we're all brewers, and we all love making beer.

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