Monster Mash

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  • Castaic, CA
  • I started brewing in February 1994
  • Male
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  • Posted in thread: Turn imperial stout to normal? on 06-24-2014 at 11:33 PM
    The hopping is different for an imperial than it is for a stout. If you leave it as an imperial
    it will be under hopped. You are safe to add your water prior to bottling, most of the big
    breweries (Bu...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2014? on 06-18-2014 at 09:44 PM
    I'm a little behind in my reporting.19,243+25 gallons Pale Ale 03/1425 gallons Red Ale 04/1425
    gallons Rye IPA 05/1425 gallons Golden Ale 06/1419,343

  • Posted in thread: Brewstand Regrets? on 06-18-2014 at 08:51 PM
    I built a 3 tier monstrosity my first time out. I learned from that and built a 2 tier
    automated brewery. Now I can brew under my patio.Go with a single tier low enough to see in the
    pots and you will...

  • Posted in thread: Tri-clamps vs Camlocks on 06-18-2014 at 08:40 PM
    Both take two hands to operate but the CL's are smaller and cheaper. I put all CL's on my
    brewery and I'm happy with them, just keep a rag handy because there's always a bit of liquid
    in them when you...

  • Posted in thread: Ran into the anti-extract sentiment last night... on 06-18-2014 at 07:58 PM
    I've been brewing 20 years and not once have I criticized anyone's beer. I have pointed out
    defects and how to fix them but even if it was horrible I never say anything disparaging, I
    keep it positive...

  • Posted in thread: 187 brew sculptures on 11-11-2013 at 10:26 PM
    Mine used to be on that list. They got rid of a few pages.Edit. I found my old brewery #149

  • Posted in thread: Warming a fermentation chamber on 11-11-2013 at 10:24 PM
    I've used a 60w light bulb for heat. It's just enough to warm it up without the refrigerator
    having to work overtime to compensate.

  • Posted in thread: DIY inexpensive SS flow restrictor to solve foam problems. on 09-12-2013 at 05:11 PM
    The restriction is only at the head so it won't really solve the problem of Co2 coming out of
    solution at high pressure. If the beer had to go through the threads you would get better
    restriction but ...

  • Posted in thread: would this make a good 475 gallon fermenter?? on 09-11-2013 at 11:31 PM
    It says it is a fermenter but for what? Harvesting yeast will not be easy.

  • Posted in thread: Counterflow vs Plate Chiller on 09-11-2013 at 11:29 PM
    I have a convoluted chiller and it works great. The only difference between that and a plate
    chiller is the size and the cost.

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September 17, 2009  •  02:23 AM
Dear Monster Mash!

I live in thousand oaks, ca and I just became a member of the Maltose Falcons club.

I saw your brewing rig and I cannot think about anything else but trying to build one like yours.

I would like to know if you would help me.

I own an aerospace company in camarillo, so manufacturing it would not be a problem.

I would like to talk to you... how can we communicate?


July 11, 2012  •  02:38 PM
Very impressive setup Monster Mash.

I live in Valencia and noticed you were close. Cheers to a fellow local brewer.

I'm still brewing in the kitchen and using extract kits until I can acquire all of the equipment. That sure takes awhile, huh?

Brew strong!
July 11, 2012  •  04:18 PM

If you ever want to learn all grain brewing let me know. You are welcome to come by and sit in on a brew day.
December 24, 2012  •  07:48 AM
Very nice setup :) Is that a 12 VDC gearmotor stirring your HLT? powered by a switching power supply in your control box? thinking of doing the same thing on my rig

Also a question on the drums / curved lids and bottoms and where you were able to source those?

December 24, 2012  •  10:20 PM
@newtonjason The motor is a geared 120V 60RPM motor. I got it because it was cheap, A 12VDC motor would work just as well.

The pots are old Purex pool filter housings I picked up from scrap yards and pool repair guys. They cost me about $60 each with conversion.