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  • A born tinkerer.
  • Brewing,Winemaking,grape growing,have also done Ham Radio and Motorcycling
  • Electronics Technician
  • Bruce Nolte
  • Pretty much anything, as long as its good, but I am partial to Pink Floyd. If I am in the mood, I can be found listening to anything from Reggae to Old School R&B to Classical.
  • The Godfather, 2001, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles
  • Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad,
  • Midnight Homebrewers League
  • Started out on the wine side, happened into the LHBS one Saturday to buy a hydrometer and they were setting up a Homebrewing 101 class. Paid for the class, and left with the ingredients for my first brew, a Hefeweizen. I think it was my 4th brew I made the jump to all-grain, using coolers and an electric turkey fryer to heat water. Takes a while but it works surprisingly well. I have a propane fired 3 tier system I built myself using a piece of radio tower as the backbone, a converted keg for boiling, and coolers for MLT and HLT.rnrn In the winter I move downstairs and use an Electric turkey fryer as the brewpot, supplemented by a 2 burner hot plate. Kinda makeshift, but it beats freezing my butt off in the winter. I am in the process of upgrading the indoor setup with a 220 volt powered brewpot using a water heater element. I have fallen in love with Belgian beers, but I also like Stouts and IPAs, and am not afraid to experiment.
  • Holiday red spiced ale, ESB
  • Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, 5 gallons with, and 5 gallons without cocoa nibs
  • Raspberry Cyser.
  • Raspberry Chocolate Oatmeal Stout,
  • American Pale Ale
  • Male
  • Single
  • Reisterstown
  • Maryland


  • Posted in thread: Simple Electric Setup Help (Electric Boil Kettle and Cooler Mash Tun) on 11-02-2015 at 12:28 AM
    I built one earlier this year out of a keg and a hot water heating element. Dealing with the
    Hot Break problem was my main concern. and I found a kit from Stilldragon which included a box,
    a potentiom...

  • Posted in thread: Official Broken Hydrometer Count on 10-31-2015 at 07:02 PM
    Probably about 5 or six, the first 3 or so involved winemaking, then when I broke another I
    went to MD Homebrew and arrived just in time for a homebrewing 101 class. The rest is history,
    and I haven't...

  • Posted in thread: Perfect brew day to complete disaster on 10-29-2015 at 10:44 AM
    I have gotten away with the trick of using my mouth, blowing to clear debris from the ball
    valve. usually happens when leaf hops or a coarse addition like cocoa nibs is added to the boil
    without the b...

  • Posted in thread: Spent Grains on 10-25-2015 at 03:51 PM
    When I brew, I dump my spent grains onto a compost pile. As for wild bacteria, while the fresh
    spent grain might be pasteurized, it soon picks up wild bacteria blowing on the wind, washed
    down by the ...

  • Posted in thread: Looking for a decent bottle brush on 09-26-2015 at 10:45 AM
    I have a problem finding a good bottle brush these days. A few years ago, the LHBS I normally
    deal with changed their bottle brushes for the worse. What is worse, other LHBSs in the area
    seem to get t...

  • Posted in thread: cider press on 09-23-2015 at 12:59 AM
    I attempted to make a wood slatted press a few years ago, using seamless stainless steel bands
    cut from a cylinder I found at a local scrapyard. I found out that Stainless Steel is
    devilishly hard to ...

  • Posted in thread: Moving to Electric on 08-30-2015 at 01:39 PM
    The most critical need for an electric brew kettle aside from the obvious electrical safety
    stuff is to be able to throttle your 240 volt heating element during the critical period
    between hot break a...

  • Posted in thread: The best wort Chiller on 03-04-2015 at 09:49 PM
    My concern with a counterflow or plate chiller is that unlike an immersion chiller, which
    chills the whole batch at once, as Brew Boy and others have stated, there is the whole DMS
    issue, plus somethi...

  • Posted in thread: The woes of a 120v brewer on 02-10-2015 at 11:22 PM
    One thing that can help you at the margins with an electric setup is insulating your kettle.
    For a couple of years I used an Electric Turkey Fryer (1650 watts) as my primary heater, along
    with 1500 wa...

  • Posted in thread: bacon beer on 02-04-2015 at 02:38 AM
    I made a bacon maple Porter using a basic Robust Porter recipe, maple syrup, a small amount of
    Smoked Malt, and an extract made by soaking crispy bacon in vodka overnight, then transferring
    the mixtur...


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