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  • I am a graduate student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in the biology department. My main area of study is aquatic biology with a heavy focus on the ecology of aquatic systems. I am particularly interested in the systematics, taxonomy, and evolution of phytoplankton. Academia and research is basically my entire life these days and there is little else to tell. In my very very limited free time I enjoy working in ceramics, motorcycles, tending my plants, cooking, singing at inappropriate times, and pursuing meaningful experiences with worthwhile individuals
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  • I have pretty much always been someone that is very into science and learning about the way things work, particularly biological systems. I guess to me, making beer is like a big biochemistry experiment that I get to do in my basement, the result of which is one of my favorite! I had never known anyone that was interested in brewing. Most of the people in my family are content to drink cheap macro-brewed American lager. This was something that was never for me though. I hated beer when I was younger, but only because that was the only beer I had ever known. Once I was exposed to real craft beer I was hooked immediately. I knew for a long time that making beer at home was something that was very possible to do and it was always something that I found to be very interesting. I started by doing a lot of research about it and eventually got a small setup together. That was where it all started.
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  • Posted in thread: Apfelwein Headspace on 03-01-2011 at 05:41 PM
    as long as your vessel is sealed tightly with an airlock there shouldn't be much O2 in there.
    it should have been displaced by venting gas during fermentation. The last time I made
    apfelwein i had qui...

  • Posted in thread: Straining Hops on 03-01-2011 at 05:34 PM
    my normal kitchen strainer happens to be one of those screen mesh ones, and the mesh is pretty
    fine. i run the wort through it as it goes into the fermentor. this gets a lot of the spent
    hops out. The...

  • Posted in thread: First batch mistakes... on 01-22-2010 at 10:10 PM
    Good point. I forgot to mention that. During the very vigorous day or two of fermentation, the
    internal temp of the wort (not ambient) will be around 6-10* F warmer than the room (ambient)

  • Posted in thread: Turning my frown upside down on 01-22-2010 at 09:49 PM
    yeah i hate brewing on an electric stove. hell, i hate cooking on an electric stove. the place
    I lived for the last 6 months had a horrible electric stove. I didn't brew once the entire

  • Posted in thread: Old Bottles on 01-22-2010 at 09:42 PM
    if they have any gunk dried inside of them, just stick them in the bath tub and fill it with
    hot water and let em sit for awhile. Dirty bottles are no big deal, you just have to work a
    little harder.

  • Posted in thread: First batch mistakes... on 01-22-2010 at 12:41 AM
    Sounds like it will be fine to me. I very much doubt that it is going to "suck anyways" as you
    put it. I dropped my hydrometer a few months ago and never got a new one. I really couldn't
    care less if ...

  • Posted in thread: How do good experienced Homebrewers aerate? on 12-22-2009 at 06:38 PM
    all i ever do is funnel the cooled wert into my carboy and then I shake and roll it like crazy
    for about 15 minutes. and when i say shake i mean hard. i agitate the crap out of it. yes it is
    tiring. y...

  • Posted in thread: specialty grains on 12-16-2009 at 06:43 AM
    just make sure they don't experience any substantial sudden temperature changes or you may get
    condensation inside the bag which will rain on your parade real quick.

  • Posted in thread: Possible infection? Need some help. on 12-16-2009 at 06:36 AM
    what type of stout is it? anything fancy about it like chocolate or coffee or anything? I have
    had all sorts of strangle looking stouts, but never a bad one. In fact every stout I have made
    looked a l...

  • Posted in thread: URGENT! Bottle Sanitation Question Urgernt! on 12-13-2009 at 09:38 PM
    yep, ammonia plus bleach = an unhappy ending. mixing chemicals is always an unsafe practice if
    you don't know exactly what you are doing. I know this doesn't help you much for this batch,
    but I switch...

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