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  • I'm a chemist by trade, so homebrew is right up my alley. I work as a early drug discovery researcher, currently running a cancer drug project.

    I'm happily married to a sexy little Kitty and we have two kids (11 and 8 yrs old). My wife is supportive of brewing, so long as I clean up the kitchen when I'm done and I don't get drunk every night (one or two beers seems to be okay).

    I'm generous to a fault, and I have a sarcastic ball-busting sense of humor that gets me into trouble fairly often. If you piss me off, I will let you know and then I will forget it before you can even apologize. I may have a hot-head, but I never hold a grudge. We're all people and I'm a person too.

    I'm surprised it has taken me this long to get into this hobby, mainly because I never really liked commercial beer.

    oh yeah.. and I tent to ramble when I get behind a keyboard.
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  • Posted in thread: COSTCO brand beer? on 03-21-2011 at 01:59 PM
    yeah, I used to buy that beer a lot when I was collecting bottles. It's decent beer and, like
    the other's said, it's just a tad more than buying empty bottles, so it's a no-brainer if you
    need more bo...

  • Posted in thread: Kids Brewing on 03-15-2011 at 08:52 PM
    My son (11) helps me all the time and he hates beer. He just likes the process and feeling
    useful, and we all know an extra pair of hands comes in helpful quite often!"get in trouble" ??
    Dude.. this i...

  • Posted in thread: Scotch Ale & Inverted Sugar on 03-15-2011 at 04:38 PM
    I've used both citric acid (powder) and lime juice. both seemed to work fine. Citric acid is
    available at your LHBS for a couple of bucks.It's easy.. just follow those instructions and
    cook it while y...

  • Posted in thread: Black Garlic.. in a beer??? on 03-15-2011 at 04:31 PM
    Bumping this because I DID perform the Black Garlic beer.I did just a 1gal test batch, using
    DME and cascade hops only. I added 1 whole black garlic head, chopped up fine. The black garlic
    is the cons...

  • Posted in thread: Dry Ice To Prevent Oxidization During Racking on 02-19-2011 at 03:23 AM
    I recently saw a spray can of CO2 at a grocery store. It was labeled "Wine Saver" or something
    like that. Spraying a bit of CO2 over the top would seem to be a good thing.Now THAT sounds
    awesome. I al...

  • Posted in thread: Can I roast crushed grain? on 02-19-2011 at 03:17 AM
    yeah, you can surely crush a couple of pounds by hand. I did 6lb once.. ONCE. Then I bought a
    grain mill.Just a quick tip: If you use a food processor, "condition" the grain by spraying it
    with water ...

  • Posted in thread: At wits end with this persistent problem - anybody have any insight? on 02-19-2011 at 03:11 AM
    I second the notion that you should try another water source if you don't like the way your
    beer tastes. I'd do that before I threw any equipment out, personally. No harm in cleaning
    everything to the...

  • Posted in thread: What do you call this? on 02-19-2011 at 02:54 AM
    How about:"Lesson Learned Ale"or "No Swell, No Sell Ale"I'm not trying to be a dick, or
    anything.. I thought it'd be a funny reminder. I have a beer I named "Eroneous" because I
    thought it was going t...

  • Posted in thread: Chiptle peppers in Adobo sauce on 02-18-2011 at 01:44 AM
    Here's the real-life update:Brewed on 2/12So, I made a standard Cream ale (2-row with vienna,
    flaked corn and some cara-pils, ~25IBU). Hops: Cluster (1oz 60M), liberty (1oz, 25M), liberty
    (1oz, 15M). ...

  • Posted in thread: Thinking of adding mugwort to my beer?? on 02-08-2011 at 02:25 AM
    Sounds interesting... are you still going to use hops anyway? You might have problems keeping
    it sanitary if you don't use ANY hops (bacteria will get in there and make it a sour).