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  • Previously on expat assignment in Shanghai from 2010 to 2013. Highlights were a pro/am collaboration with Boxing Cat Brewery in Shanghai during that time, later served at the Copenhagen Beer Fest as well as their brewpub and later was given full reign of recipe and process for an almost entirely late hopped DIPA with 14kg of hops in a 10HL batch at The Brew in the Kerry Hotel.
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  • Started brewing in 2009 after getting book-smart reading and listening to podcasts for 4 years prior until the Honey-Do list shrunk. Went straight for all grain mini batches. The move to China actually introduced me to extract for the simplicity factor. I used extract kits for the first 18 months. In 2012 the whole family relocated here and I brought over my all grain equipment and cornies. I've now brewed far more batches in China than I had in the US before the move.
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  • Posted in thread: Tape to label carboys, kegs, etc. Best kind? on 07-29-2015 at 02:14 AM
    I use white or yellow electrical tape. I wrap it around the handle of buckets and jugs, around
    the corny keg lid bale, and all the way around bottles. Marking is just a black sharpie. The
    tape doesn't...

  • Posted in thread: 1.047 - 1.014: Yeast stressed out? on 07-29-2015 at 02:04 AM
    154 is relatively high, 10% crystal, and unknown fermentability of extract could mean you're
    done. I'd just let it sit bother week. You might get another point or two. But I'd go ahead and
    package the...

  • Posted in thread: 1.047 - 1.014: Yeast stressed out? on 07-27-2015 at 11:23 AM
    If it was at 68 early and then dropped to 62, that could have caused the yeast to drop out. If
    you have a way to warm it up and hold it at 68, that may help reactivate them to finish it off.
    At this p...

  • Posted in thread: port O Palmer on 07-25-2015 at 10:09 PM
    The print version is the more up to date one. Follow it.

  • Posted in thread: Help me autopsy my stout. on 07-25-2015 at 03:34 PM
    I suspect your super thin mash of just adjuncts caused over extraction of the roasted malt
    husks. Given time, this will settle out some. Whether or not you had enough diastatic power for
    full conversi...

  • Posted in thread: Sweetness from hopbursting? on 07-09-2015 at 02:31 AM
    I've had that as well, and believe it came from an insufficient start of boil bittering charge
    to balance out the malt. You definitely get bitterness from the hot steep or whirlpool, but I
    suspect the...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone kegged a 1.070 around 11 days? on 07-08-2015 at 02:14 AM
    At 8% ABV nobody will complain after the first one.

  • Posted in thread: Conical boil kettle…….. on 07-05-2015 at 07:18 PM
    If I do greater than an 8 gallon batch, I boil in my 50L conical using a heat stick suspended
    down the center. Works well. I use a pump to circulate through a chiller. One drawback is the
    thermal mass...

  • Posted in thread: Beer gun but no Co2 splitter on 07-05-2015 at 03:52 PM
    That should work fine. The splitter is simply to supply CO2 to the keg for pushing the beer out
    and also enable the bottle purging function on the beer gun with only one gas supply.

  • Posted in thread: Expiration date on pumpkin beer? on 07-05-2015 at 03:45 PM
    If sanitation is good and oxygen was kept at bay, I don't see why it wouldn't last. The extra
    time probably also gave time for the spice flavors to meld too. I'm assuming it was lowly
    hopped which als...

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December 11, 2012  •  04:10 AM
how did that order end up working out with the guys in US buying from China - looking to do something similar from New Zealand

thanks !


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