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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, Sopranos, House of Cards
  • 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 upgraded 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.
  • Brewing up an E-Herms system. Mostly on paper now, but hope to start construction soon.
  • Cascade/Amarillo IPA with Conan Yeast
  • Blueberry Lemon Honey Saison
  • Chocolate Oatmeal Imperial StoutrnSimple SaisonrnBlockbuster IPA if I am brave enough to drink it.
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  • Male
  • Single
  • Reisterstown
  • Maryland


  • Posted in thread: Opinions on adding Bacon on 04-30-2016 at 06:14 PM
    I brewed a Bacon Porter for the wake of a deceased friend we knew as the Slab Bacon. Starting
    with a more or less standard porter recipe, I substituted a bit of smoked malt, maple syrup,
    and crispy ba...

  • Posted in thread: How do you store/organize your brew supplies? on 04-22-2016 at 01:30 AM
    Maryland Homebrew sells these Cobalt Blue plastic containers for their bulk LME for a little
    more than a buck each. They hold about 2 lbs of specialty grains, which is just about the right
    amount to k...

  • Posted in thread: Be Careful With Propane Tanks on 01-19-2016 at 11:52 PM
    I remember a PSA when I was a kid that explained it perfectly. A coffee cup of gasoline
    properly vaporized can explode with the force of 2 sticks of dynamite. I strap my propane tanks
    to a tie point i...

  • Posted in thread: Allen Bradley SLC 500 on 12-09-2015 at 10:33 PM
    I am taking a Udemy online class, Programming PLCs from Scratch which uses the RSlogix 500
    programming environment. The course provided links to the lite version of the software, which
    is basically mi...

  • 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 ...