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05-21-2010

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07-12-2014 2:29 PM

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    ABOUT ME

  • A few buddies started homebrewing, and I could be a considered a microbiologist by day, and I like beer, so it all came together to get me into homebrewing.
  • Chinook APA, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Java Stout
  • Cal Common II
    Higgins Cabin Brown Porter
  • Training Wheels Graff
    I See Your Schwarzbier
  • Big Wookie Barleywine
  • Big Papa's Winter Wheat Ale, Humble Bastard Ale, Nectar (honey hard cider), Red Bull
  • Male
  • Married
  • Ann Arbor
  • Michigan

LATEST ACTIVITY

  • Posted in thread: My secret process for sampling beer along the path to the end goal (fridge) on 06-04-2014 at 06:47 PM
    No problem, glad to share. I would warn that you have to use a gas QD to fit right, which is
    why the need for threaded to make it easy. I charge the 2 liter with some CO2 to help, too.

  • Posted in thread: My secret process for sampling beer along the path to the end goal (fridge) on 06-04-2014 at 02:45 AM
    A little off topic, but I use my carbonator cap to clean and sanitize keg lines. Just mix up
    some PBW in a 2 liter, run it through. Gravity does the work. Rinse, and repeat with Star San.
    Real easy if...

  • Posted in thread: At what temperature do you set your kegerator for serving? on 04-24-2014 at 03:19 PM
    42 F, with 8-10ft lines. The 8 ft taps occasionally throw a little too much foam, depending on
    the beer. Most ales are at 11 psi, lagers and ciders a little higher, 12-14 psi

  • Posted in thread: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter on 01-16-2014 at 04:14 PM
    Depends on how many vials/packs you're talking. Probably needs more than a qt.

  • Posted in thread: Rye malt. on 11-15-2013 at 02:23 PM
    From experience, about 20% rye in a light (no roasted or crystal malts) saison caused by my pH
    to be high by 0.2-0.3 compared to my measurements and Bru'n Water estimates. For that calc, I
    assumed the...

  • Posted in thread: The In-Depth Science of Why a Beer Bottle Erupts When You Whack It on 10-26-2013 at 04:11 PM
    That's really interesting. I wouldn't have guessed it was such a complicated phenomenon.

  • Posted in thread: What's the best Pumpkin recipe on here? on 09-27-2013 at 01:16 PM
    How'd your mash & sparge go with the pumpkin? Any issues? Any lessons learned?Mashing the
    pumpkin worked really well, and I'm glad I used rice hulls. No sparging issues at all on my 10
    gal cooler and ...

  • Posted in thread: What's the best Pumpkin recipe on here? on 09-27-2013 at 03:27 AM
    Check out the current issue of Zymurgy. There's an article on the best in the author's opinion.
    I've never brewed it but it sounds great...I have this one with an 1056 finishing up
    fermenting. Samples...

  • Posted in thread: Wort Cooling method on 09-06-2013 at 06:12 PM
    50' recirculating immersion chiller with a pump here. It's a huge upgrade from the 25' standard
    IC I had before. It helps that groundwater here in the rural north is always nice and cool,
    50-55 pretty...

  • Posted in thread: competitions and disappointment on 08-29-2013 at 06:02 PM
    I entered 3 beers in the same competition the OP is talking about. It's my first after brewing
    for over 3 years. Of note, there was a shortage of judges as well. My scoresheets imply the
    judges' exper...

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