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    ABOUT ME

  • After 5 years my lust for homebrewing has waned somewhat, but I still enjoy it and brew about 4 times per year, typically extract or partial mash. The all-grain thing is just too much time for a family/career guy with several other interests, including running and fitness. At 44, my days of heavy drinking are over, so I don't need all that much anyway, and I taught my next door neighbor how to brew (which he does once a month) so I'm always supplied! Homebrewing is great, but always remember life's about balance in everything.
  • Homebrewing,music,running and fitness
  • Risk Manager
  • Mark
  • Rock n Roll forever
  • Goodfellas, Boogie Nights, American Movie
  • Seinfeld, The Office, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, American Horror Story
  • When a neighbor got an equipment kit 4 (maybe it was 5) years ago, I helped him brew his one and only batch. I was hooked and have been brewing ever since.
  • English bitter
  • Empty
  • Used for Apfelwein.
  • Sir Topham Hat's Ordinary Bitter, Strawberry Apfelwein, Bourbon Barrel Old Ale, Spiced Porter (aging for 2013 holidays), white house honey ale
  • I still bottle.
  • Male
  • Married
  • Chicago
  • Illinois

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: How to make a yeast starter - Pictorial (updated) on 07-08-2012 at 10:32 PM
    What did you use to make this? Love the look, the comic book style is very visually appealing.

  • Posted in thread: Mini Mash Grain Question on 06-18-2012 at 09:53 PM
    Personally I would mash that with 1.5 gallons (1.5 quarts per pound). You could do 2
    quarts/pound, which gives you the 2 gallons. I'm not the expert on mash dynamics, but 3.5 gals
    sounds like too much...

  • Posted in thread: Mini Mash Grain Question on 06-18-2012 at 09:30 PM
    How many pounds of grain?

  • Posted in thread: newbie, first time brewing ! on 06-07-2012 at 10:09 PM
    okay, i think i am finally getting thisboil two liters of water, take off stove, mix together
    can + kilo of sugar + spray malt (DME) with hot water. put in your fermenter. add 4.5 gallons
    (17 liters) ...

  • Posted in thread: newbie, first time brewing ! on 06-07-2012 at 03:02 PM
    Personally, I would skip Irish moss with a pre-hopped extract kit, and, unless you are adding
    hops, they (pre-hopped extract kits) don't have to be boiled. I've brewed 2 of them (pre-hopped
    extract ki...

  • Posted in thread: Brewers Best Kit best beer to start with on 05-12-2012 at 08:07 PM
    Thanks all for the help. I picked up the kit today and am planning on brewing tomorrow. I
    called the city to find out the water hardness, to which the response was "water...hydrant?"
    hahaha. Better go...

  • Posted in thread: Who's my Chicago homebrewers? on 05-09-2012 at 05:03 PM
    Western 'burbs (Clarendon Hills) checking in..So Who here does NOT add anything to their water?
    I am on two brews since moving to Chicago land.. first one is just ready now and is tasting
    good for gre...

  • Posted in thread: Who's my Chicago homebrewers? on 05-09-2012 at 04:52 PM
    Hey all,Huntly here. There are a few homebrew shops I've been to that haven't been mentioned.
    Brew and grow, Crystal Lake: Also the warehouse for the local stores. Good selection, prices
    ok; I was put...

  • Added a new Photo on 05/09/2012

  • Added a new Photo on 05/09/2012

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