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  • Somewhere in Illinois
  • I am a senior at the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana)
    I am a pilot (Commercial; Instrument,ASEL,AMEL) and flight instructor (CFI; ASE). I also am a part time flight instructor at the University in addition to taking classes.
    I love anything DIY. I've been building computers since I bought my first one and love extreme modding - water cooling, subzero cooling, and custom case designs.
    I used to hate beer until I had my first microbrew. Then I've adopted the motto about trying beer - "If I've never heard of the brewery before, I want to try it." Generally, the smaller the brewery, the better. Other than Sam Adams, I will not buy any macrobrew.
    Similarly, I adopt the motto of "I prefer eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, shopping at mom-and-pop places, and drinking beer from the brothers-down-the-road"
    I can't wait to start brewing my own beer!
    My favorite microbrew is Goose Island in Chicago (where I'm from) - especially their Honker's Ale.
    I am a fan of British style
  • Computers,Flying and Beer!
  • Student/Flight Instructor
  • The Departed
  • Man vs Wild, Modern Marvles
  • Harry Potter of course!
  • Christmas Ale
  • Champaign Harvest Ale
    Kid Brother's IPA/SnIPA
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  • Posted in thread: 3 weeks later, still at 1.020. Ok to bottle? on 11-06-2013 at 05:13 PM
    i say if you've warmed the beer up and maybe roused the yeast a touch, and it's still at 1.020,
    3 days's safe to bottle. Just IMO tho. Was this extract or AG? What did you use for

  • Posted in thread: 3 weeks later, still at 1.020. Ok to bottle? on 11-06-2013 at 04:36 PM
    Brewed an Oatmeal stout about a month ago with a OG of 1.064. Past few weeks I've measured it
    and it has been stuck at 1.020. It fermented at 63*F using WLP001 Cali ale yeast.Previously
    when I had don...

  • Posted in thread: Longer fermentation or time in bottles for aging on 08-13-2013 at 09:40 PM
    So I brewed a smokey scotch ale back in may. I let it sit in the primary fermenter for 2 months
    and then moved it to a secondary (mainly because I needed the primary and I hate primary
    fermenting in c...

  • Posted in thread: Thread question for faucets on 02-11-2012 at 10:30 PM
    I am looking at this faucet to replace my standard faucets that stick when not used for a day
    or two (I know, GASP!). Do they use the same threads as the standard faucets that come on
    towers or are th...

  • Posted in thread: damn starters on 05-22-2011 at 05:45 PM
    Can I ask a similar question regarding a starter? I just made a starter last night and I've
    made quite a few over the years. Occasionally I would notice some "activity" but I know its
    possible to miss...

  • Posted in thread: Girlfriend of a brewer-to-be. I need your advice! on 01-31-2011 at 01:13 PM
    Regular extract and grain brews can take 3-4 hours for brew day. Simpler kits take less time,
    more advanced/all grain takes a lot longer.I work 6 days a week usually 8-10 hours (often more)
    and a lot ...

  • Posted in thread: Bourbon Country Stout & Hop Stoopid on 01-29-2011 at 05:50 PM
    Out of curiosity, who's BCBS was it? Was it Goose Island's? I've had the one they brew before.
    Holy carp! One sip has enough flavor to fill a six pack of regular beer. I saw that it was
    13%ABV so I wa...

  • Posted in thread: When do you decide to add more yeast at bottling? on 01-23-2011 at 05:38 AM
    I've never added extra yeast when bottling. Some people say if it has been sitting for a VERY
    long time (I am guessing upwards 6months to a year) you may need to, but even then, it will
    probably just ...

  • Posted in thread: Star San bubbles ok? on 01-14-2011 at 10:43 PM
    Don't fear the foam!

  • Posted in thread: Is it strange for a LHBS to store their hops unrefrigerated? on 12-29-2010 at 04:33 AM
    Dang. My LHBS keeps their hops out, un-refrigerated. I have brewed with them quite a few times
    and never had problems, but also have not had a chance to work too much with properly
    refrigerated hops.

The "Hops Shortage" is the gods way of punishing us for not making our beers bitter enough. Primary #1: British Brown Primary #2: Empty Primary #3: Empty Secondary #1: Empty Keg #1: Chocolate Oatmeal Stout Keg #2: Hoppy Red