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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: Every brew tastes the same on 08-13-2016 at 10:44 PM
    Most Homebrew stores keep their yeast and hops under refrigeration, but the kits sit out on the
    sales floor or back in the warehouse at room temperature or above, and probably stored under
    similar con...

  • Posted in thread: Recipe help needed (ESB?) on 06-21-2016 at 03:07 AM
    I usually consider my ESB to be my default drinking beer, probably every 3rd or 4th batch or
    so, and I try to keep it simple with the ingredients I commonly have on hand, and sometimes
    substitute if I...

  • Posted in thread: Succulent Strawberry Blonde on 06-03-2016 at 11:24 PM
    I was thinking of sanitizing the strawberries with some vodka before introducing it into the
    witbeer brewed previously. The vodka will sterilize the berries, and probably also pick up some
    of the esse...

  • 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...