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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,
  • "Cheasapeake" by James Michener, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig
  • 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.
  • Another Fresh Hops IPA, some type of wheat beer, a Flanders Red Ale Clone for the Midnight Homebrewers League Barrel Brew, and more Stouts
  • Sam Adams Winter Ale Clone, American IPA
  • Belgian Dark Strong Ale, currently being Bourbon barrel aged as part of a homebrew club project.Belgian Amber Ale.
  • Bourbon Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, and a Holiday Spiced Ale, and Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.
  • nothing at the moment
  • Male
  • Single
  • Reisterstown
  • Maryland


  • 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...

  • Posted in thread: What is the cheapest method of heating? on 01-28-2015 at 02:39 AM
    Currently building an electric setup to upgrade my electric turkey fryer setup. I figure it
    costs me $2 or less for electricity to brew with the electric turkey fryer, but about $7 for a
    third of a ta...

  • Posted in thread: Electric Kettle Vs. Turkey Fryer on 01-17-2015 at 11:18 PM
    Using the HLT and MLT from my Propane setup, I have found the electric turkey fryer to be a
    viable way of brewing, but they need a little help if you are going AG. With the pot reasonably
    full, I have...

  • Posted in thread: Cultivating yeast from high gravity Belgian on 10-02-2014 at 11:52 PM
    I am brewing a Belgian Dubbel using yeast I cultivated from the bottom of 2 bottle of
    Dominion's Belgian Trippel. Starting gravity was at 1.070, and days in it is down to 1.040 in a
    68 degree basement...

  • Posted in thread: Legality of beer clones? on 05-29-2014 at 10:10 PM
    In the Flying Dog gift shop in Frederick MD, they actually sell all-grain kits of some of their

  • Posted in thread: Schmidling Malt Mill on 03-29-2014 at 10:05 PM
    I motorized my Barley Crusher, using a 6 inch pulley on the mill, and a 1 1/2 inch pulley on a
    1/3hp motor which gives me a speed of about 400 rpm. I have to get the belt really tight to
    prevent slipp...

  • Posted in thread: Fermentation with WLP 568 Saison Blend on 03-24-2014 at 01:47 AM
    Similar problems here. Using a 1 liiter starter on its 3rd time out brewing a Belgian Saison,
    and it is at the 3 week mark and I am still getting bubbles a couple times a minute. Fermenting
    a little c...

  • Posted in thread: Autosiphon to bottling wand? on 03-18-2014 at 11:21 AM
    I use a piece of sanitized hose that attaches to the spigot, and goes to the bottom of the
    bottle. I fill it to the top of the neck, shut off the valve and let it drain into the bottle.
    Perfect headsp...


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