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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
  • Male
  • Married
  • Eagle River
  • Alaska


  • Posted in thread: 240v Elements -Single SSR or 2? Pros / Cons? on 02-26-2015 at 04:43 PM
    Thanks Thargrav! I thought this was where this was going but I needed it dumbed down to that
    level to make sure I actually understood. Adam...which is why the neutral is only being used on
    the 120V si...

  • Posted in thread: Advanced HMI with BCS462 on 02-26-2015 at 05:01 AM
    I'm on my 34th generation of fingernails... I've gone through some toenails... I can't wait for
    V4.0!!! ;)

  • Posted in thread: BCS 462 , 4 element, 3 pump, 2 x 50amp circuits on 02-26-2015 at 04:58 AM
    I'm always confused when I see three pumps. When does one need three liquid flows
    simultaneously? For that matter, when does one need 22,000 watts running at the same time? I've
    always figured on putt...

  • Posted in thread: Lets see how crazy its gotten. How much have you spent on your Electric Brewery? on 02-26-2015 at 04:55 AM
    I refuse to acknowledge what I have sunk in my home brewery... yup... I'm in complete denial!!
    I've been at this for almost 10 years, and I've chased more rabbits down the hole than I care
    to admit, f...

  • Posted in thread: List of PJ Electrical Diagrams on 02-25-2015 at 12:22 AM
    Doug293cz,I'm happy to say "That makes sense!!" :)I was planning on keeping all of the
    electrons for each circuit separate in the control box, especially since only one of the
    circuits will be multipu...

  • Posted in thread: List of PJ Electrical Diagrams on 02-24-2015 at 08:23 PM
    Jeffmeh,Got it!! That makes sense... I think. I hope I don't blow my new-found enthusiasm with
    the next couple of questions.When wiring up each of the four Power In Relays to the Power key
    switch, I&#...

  • Posted in thread: List of PJ Electrical Diagrams on 02-23-2015 at 05:03 PM
    I'll have to spend a few minutes pondering that - I'm still trying to visualize it. I guess my
    initial confusion is on your use of six? I have four power sources, 2 30A/240V, and 2 20A/120V.
    Is it bec...

  • Posted in thread: List of PJ Electrical Diagrams on 02-23-2015 at 03:53 AM
    You only need to run one 120v hot and neutral to a N.O. 120v switch, to a 120v coil for the
    contactor, then have all 6 hot lines run through the contactor. There is likely some 240v, 120v
    coil, 6 line...

  • Posted in thread: List of PJ Electrical Diagrams on 02-23-2015 at 12:24 AM
    If I understand correctly, you will have 4 independent circuits, 2@240v, 2@120v as input into
    the panel. Why that rather than, say, one 60a, 120v/240v input? Your method will certainly
    work, and rathe...

  • Posted in thread: List of PJ Electrical Diagrams on 02-22-2015 at 10:18 PM
    Many, MANY thanks to all who have contributed so much to this thread (and others), and
    certainly a very special shout-out to P-J!! And hey, Kal, my retirement savings and my
    daughter's college fund st...

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