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  • Mike Steele
  • My father started with a Mr. Beer kit for a gift in 2003. I was a senior in high school at the time, and my friends and I thought we just found the perfect way to legally obtain alcohol. The rest is history.
  • Black Rye IPA, 90-Minute IPA Clone
  • Lunch Break Session Pale Ale, Polemikos American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Pliny the Elder clone, Dark Side of the Pumpkin,
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  • Walnut Creek
  • CA


  • Posted in thread: What is your "go-to" beer? on 04-22-2013 at 08:02 PM
    Sierra Nevada...Summerfest in the summer, Ruthless Rye in the spring, Pale Ale any other time

  • Posted in thread: Bay Area beer reccomendations on 04-22-2013 at 07:59 PM
    I definitely recommend Bear Republic. Fantastic beer selection, usually 16 taps going mostly
    with beer they do not distribute outside the restaurant. Downtown Healdsburg is beautiful too.

  • Posted in thread: Swamp Cooler on 02-05-2013 at 08:59 PM
    Hey guys,I thought this looked good, found some on ebay for you all.

  • Posted in thread: First yeast starter... wish me luck :) on 11-16-2012 at 08:53 PM
    I wouldn't use the airlock either. Just cover the top with aluminum foil. Airlocks prevent air
    from entering and allowing oxygen to enter the flask is a positive for your starter.

  • Posted in thread: All Grain and BIAB - more carbonation? on 06-14-2012 at 07:54 PM
    I recently started brewing BIAB, and have 4 brews under my belt. It seems that the beer gets
    noticeably more carbonated using the 4 oz. of corn sugar per 5 gal batch.I don't think it's
    infection becau...

  • Posted in thread: What do you eat while brewing? on 05-12-2012 at 12:07 AM
    I used to forget to eat and would suddenly be starving. I snack on Trader Joe's mac n cheese
    when the boil starts going now.

  • Posted in thread: The great "What size kettle" question on 03-31-2012 at 07:43 PM
    Which kettle do you own?I bought the heavy duty kettle from It came with a
    valve and thermometer. It's great.

  • Posted in thread: If you could spend $100-150 for your first upgrade.. on 03-23-2012 at 02:50 PM
    I say get a larger kettle and outdoor burner. You can experiment with all-grain using BIAB.
    This is exactly what I did recently and I am not going back to extract!

  • Posted in thread: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale - label removal on 03-23-2012 at 02:48 PM
    Trader joes makes beer? They don't sell that around here.Around my area (Northern California)
    Trader Joe's sells Mission Street ales, which is a contract brew with Firestone Walker. $5.99
    buys a six-p...

  • Posted in thread: The great "What size kettle" question on 03-22-2012 at 08:13 PM
    I just had this debate a few months ago. I decided to start using BIAB and needed a new
    kettle.I went with 15 gal and do not regret it. It is large, and that makes it a little harder
    to store and clea...