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  • Homebrewer since 2007. Made the move to all-grain and kegging in August 2010.
  • umm... brewing.
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  • Ryan Houston
  • Wilco, Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket, Spoon
  • The Big Lebowski
  • After talking to a couple guys I worked with that had been into homebrewing, my roommate and I split the cost of the beginner's setup and started extract brewing. Slowly acquired more and more equipment and carboys. In August of 2010 a friend, homebrewer, and recently turned brew pub brewer, talked me into going all-grain. At the same time I decided I might as well be done with bottles and start kegging.

    Basic Equipment:
    MLT is a 48qt chest cooler with weldless fitting, 10 gallon stainless steel pot, propane burner, two 6.5 gal carboys and a 5 gal better bottle. Currently have 4 corny kegs in a 7.0 cu ft GE collar style keezer with 4 Perlick 525ss taps.
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  • Fairfax, VA
  • Virginia


  • Posted in thread: Pathetic First Year Harvest :( on 08-25-2011 at 01:34 PM
    I've got 2 cascades that grew pretty nicely but so far I haven't seen any signs of cones
    forming on either of them.

  • Posted in thread: SS autosiphon... any interest?? on 06-25-2011 at 07:35 PM
    I've wondered why you never see a SS autosiphon. My racking canes are SS and I end up replacing
    my autosiphon once a year because I either break it or crakcs develop from cleaning with too
    hot water o...

  • Posted in thread: What should I brew next? Don't make me decide. on 06-20-2011 at 09:24 PM
    Kolsch! I've been on a bender with this style. My last kolsch keg was gone in about 2 weeks,
    currently have a munich helles done with kolsch yeast lagering in the keezer. Tasty tasty.

  • Posted in thread: Crushed grain ~1 month old on 06-08-2011 at 04:01 PM
    1 month isn't too bad. I say go for it. I bet nobody would know. I've used some crushed
    specialty grains that were probably 2 months old, stored air-tight at room temp and they were

  • Posted in thread: Noob in VA on 06-01-2011 at 08:19 PM
    Welcome fellow Virginian!

  • Posted in thread: Crushed, poor crush, not crushed on 05-11-2011 at 09:34 PM
    Out of curiousity, who was the distributor on that? I've gotten some "uncrushed" bags of
    various crystal malts from LD Carlson that look kind of like that as well. Has been throwing me
    off but decided...

  • Posted in thread: national homebrew day May 7th what's brewing on 05-06-2011 at 03:24 PM
    Got the starter going for my first Munich Helles style but doing it with Kolsch yeast since I
    can't quite ferment cold enough for lagers. Even if it turns out more like a Kolsch I'll be
    happy with it....

  • Posted in thread: Redhook (Blonde|Pilsner) on 05-05-2011 at 11:33 AM
    Fair enough. I'm realizing that the Longhammer might be the only beer of theirs I actually
    like. Good everyday drinker, not an over-the-top IPA that has become the norm.

  • Posted in thread: Redhook (Blonde|Pilsner) on 05-05-2011 at 01:26 AM
    Is it just me or did Redhook just take their Blonde ale and start calling it a Pilsner? Just
    got another sampler pack which I get on occassion and its always had the Longhammer IPA,
    Copper, ESB, and B...

  • Posted in thread: My wife is the best ! Barley Crusher on 04-30-2011 at 04:58 PM
    I've used the default setting since I got mine. Crush seems perfect to me and I get a mash
    efficiency consistently in the mid 80s. So far I've decided to not mess with a good thing.