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  • I've been an all-grain brewer since 2005, discovering craft beer late in life and since determined that I simply can't live without it - living abroad be damned!!rnrnI'm particularly partial to German lagers, including kellerbiers, zwickels, dunkels, bocks, doppelbocks, maibocks, schwartzbiers, helles, and maertzens; plus the ales - altbiers and koelschs! You can have all the pilsners and hefes.
  • Homebrewing,SCUBA,Travel,Hashing with the Hash House Harriers
  • Marine Biologist
  • Michael D. Noah
  • Jimmy Buffett, Jake Shimabukuro, Alan Jackson, Carlos Santana, Classic Rock of the 60's, 70's and very early 80's... good music died when that rap crap started.
  • Action, Suspense, Drama, anything with Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Daniel Craig, Lucy Lu, Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Stephen Segal, Clint Eastwood, Mickey Rourke
  • NCIS LA, NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, Lost, CSI (all), Cold Case, Without A Trace, 24, Prison Break, The Glades, Lost, Chase... anything but brain-dead 30-minute sitcoms and that Glee garbage!!
  • Everything by Zainasheff, Palmer, Fix, Mosher, Papazian, and Daniels... oh yeah, and for light reading, Coonts, Clancy and Cussler
  • Great Northern Brewers Club, American Homebrewers Association
  • After living 10 years in Japan (1994-2003), a divorce that prohibted me from engaging in my vices (2002), and then living in Honolulu HI for a year (2003-2004), my tastes in beer rapidly matured - I particularly enjoyed the Red Ehu at Sam Choy's Big Aloha Brewery. I hooked up with a nefarious underground group call the Aloha Has House Harriers, became their Beermeister, and my beer drinking fate was sealed. I then moved to Okinawa, Japan where they sell the same yellow fizzy swill they sell in U.S. supermarkets. I took up homebrewing so I could once again enjoy REAL beer. I then moved to Heidelberg, Germany (bier nirvana) for 3 years and stopped brewing for most of that time - there were just too many GREAT German, Belgian, Polish and Czech beers to try, and so I perceived no real need to brew my own. Then I realized I had to start brewing again, perfecting recipes for the European beers that I had come to love - Dunkels, Bocks, Doppelbocks, Maibocks, Kellerbiers/Zwickles, Alts, Koelschs, Helles, Maertzens, and the list goes on and on. After 4 year detour tour through Yokosuka, Japan, I'm now in Anchorage Alaska, brewing those same beers... I LOVE THIS HOBBY!!!
  • Kellerbier, Helles, Maibock, Traditional Bock, Doppelbock... in that order, all with one vial of White Labs WLP830 yeast.
  • Maibock (10 Gallons)
  • Don't use secondaries
  • Don't use bottles
  • Maibock, Koelsch, and an Oktoberfest/Maerzen
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  • Posted in thread: Diagram for BCS 462 with motorized valves on 03-19-2015 at 04:13 AM
    Yeah that is what I thought was going on - so I think the 12v stuff is good.As for the BCS I am
    leaning towards betting that it would have the pulldown resistors in place (as otherwise the
    output when...

  • Posted in thread: Diagram for BCS 462 with motorized valves on 03-19-2015 at 03:21 AM
    I see what you're saying. The power supply actually says +V and -V on the terminals. Hopefully,
    if you have a 12VDC power supply, +V = ~12VDC and -V = ~0VDC.When I went back to look, I
    noticed an erro...

  • Posted in thread: Diagram for BCS 462 with motorized valves on 03-19-2015 at 03:01 AM
    Where you have -12Vdc on your diagram are you meaning this is the negative side of the 12Vdc
    supply, or that it is supplying -12Vdc relative to 0Vdc (ground). I guess the otherway to ask
    my question i...

  • Posted in thread: Diagram for BCS 462 with motorized valves on 03-19-2015 at 12:46 AM
    Yeah, I actually just bought that same relay board to control via Arduino. Since you have NO
    and NC contacts it shouldn't really much make a difference on the relay on state. I don't know
    anything abo...

  • Posted in thread: Diagram for BCS 462 with motorized valves on 03-18-2015 at 09:29 PM
    Yeah, it's that "blowing up" part that keeps me drawing instead of building!! ;)

  • Posted in thread: Diagram for BCS 462 with motorized valves on 03-18-2015 at 07:20 PM
    Maybe if you post a little more detail someone could help you out. What's the issue you're
    running into?I've been struggling with the various wiring diagrams provided by KLD for their
    motorized valves...

  • Posted in thread: Diagram for BCS 462 with motorized valves on 03-18-2015 at 12:41 AM
    I know this is an old thread but I figured I'd bump it since I'm looking for (literally) the
    exact same thing....and bumped again. I'm in the same position, and am havnig some trouble
    figuring out the...

  • Posted in thread: Automated HERMS system on 03-16-2015 at 02:19 PM
    I like those temperature controlled fermentation chambers (refrigerators), What make and model
    are those, and are those 14.5-gallon conicals?Thanks,Michael

  • Posted in thread: BCS 462 , 4 element, 3 pump, 2 x 50amp circuits on 03-09-2015 at 12:21 AM
    I am also struggling on the need for 3 pumps.I have brewed for years with one pump.But I also
    lifted and dumped heavy buckets of water and used the pump for chilling only.I can easliy plan
    out the nee...

  • Posted in thread: List of PJ Electrical Diagrams on 03-02-2015 at 05:49 PM
    Ah ha!! I wasn't following the path all the way through, just looking at the one coil
    controlling the two separtate 120V circuits.I also like not having to have a stack of four
    contacts on the power s...

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