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    ABOUT ME

  • Since 2008
  • Beer,drinking & thinking,brewing & doing
  • Not Gonnahappen
  • IBRU-Illiana Beer Rackers Union Local Numero UNO
  • Jumped in with both feet after the first couple batches...now I have gills.
  • Black Sambo- All-Simcoe ABA (American Black Ale...NOT BIPA or CDA)
  • Nada damn thang...for now
  • Blueberry Cream Ale 4.5%
    Blueberry American Dunkel 4.2%
    Baby Alt-Bock w/Munich ale yeast - 6%
    Guinness Chrimmas- 4.5% (70% wheat & chocolate)
    Roatenlager Rye - Red Lager 5.1%
    Quadrupel American Brown with Bourbon 14.7%
  • A few of some, none of many...
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  • Male
  • Married
  • Chicagoish
  • Illinois

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: Country Malt Group on 09-25-2013 at 06:37 PM
    I don't see how phasing out small customers can possibly be construed as "underhanded". It's a
    sound business decision. Small customers are a lot more costly to service than large ones.
    They've determ...

  • Posted in thread: Country Malt Group on 09-19-2013 at 03:55 AM
    I don't see the fact that they charge homebrewers more underhanded, what I see as underhanded
    is that they are phasing us out as customers altogether. I used to have the right to buy grain
    at wholesal...

  • Posted in thread: Country Malt Group on 09-18-2013 at 03:04 PM
    For years I have ordered grain through country malt group, and now they are charging
    homebrewers with existing accounts an extra $10-15 a sack.Crud on us, and crud on them.

  • Posted in thread: Over-sulfited my blueberry mead two years ago, still musty. Can I save it? on 06-27-2013 at 03:45 PM
    If I remember right, it was 2 or 3 campden tabs, and an equal part metabi. Did not let it sit
    on any lees...transfered a few times just to get it off spent fruit matter. Used wyeast sweet
    mead yeast. ...

  • Posted in thread: Over-sulfited my blueberry mead two years ago, still musty. Can I save it? on 06-18-2013 at 08:13 PM
    Splash racked it a few times last year...didn't develop a musk smell/aftertaste til I added the
    sulfates/campden...I'm thinking of making another couple gallons with fresh crop to dilute the
    old batch...

  • Posted in thread: Over-sulfited my blueberry mead two years ago, still musty. Can I save it? on 06-12-2013 at 06:29 PM
    Basically, I miffed a measurement on campden and meta-K in a 3 gallon batch of mulberry mead,
    now it has quite a noticeable sulfite musk smell...even two years later. It's been in in a
    tertiary fermen...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast Psychology on 03-25-2013 at 09:21 PM
    I always pipe "let's get it on" into the fermentation chamber, and if the fermentation stalls,
    I switch it up and put on "Sexual Healing"It seems to work...though my beer does give me a hard
    on.

  • Posted in thread: Necessary brewing equipment on 03-25-2013 at 09:18 PM
    [QUOTE=BigFloyd;5035270][FONT="Georgia"]Start off simple. Learn to make good, enjoyable beer in
    5-gallon extract batches (much more manageable) and then later expand to larger ones if you
    like.Here's ...

  • Posted in thread: Come Brew With Us Contest - Votes Needed! on 05-17-2012 at 09:27 PM
    Ok Home brewtalk... How'd we do?Matt (TX)Hillary(OR)Peter(MA) are winners..... who won from the
    other two regions?I won for the central region - Benny R. (IL)

  • Posted in thread: Come Brew With Us Contest - Votes Needed! on 04-26-2012 at 09:34 PM
    Me too! I'm in the Illinois region! My name is Benny R. I'm the guy standing behind the hop
    harvest.Just remember...vote for the hophead!Thanks!Ben:rockin:

1 COMMENTS
Posted: 
February 8, 2013  •  10:17 AM
Hi Benny,

I'm entering into the very same Sam Adams contest that you won in 2012. I was wondering if you could please give me a little insight as to what you wrote/said in your submission that got you to the finals? I'm doing a little video, and I think I've got it nailed down, but having a better idea of what tickles the judges's palates would be a huge help.

This would be a highlight of my year to see the SA brewery and learn more about how the big guys do their thing, kind of like getting to visit Santa's Workshop, only real.

Thanks a ton,
Zach
 
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