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  • Winchester, VA
  • I'm a Pittsburgh native and a big Pirates fan. I have lived in Virginia for 20 years, 18 of those in Winchester.

    My friends in the 'Burgh call me the Virginia Beer Snob because of my disdain for BMC. I have been bringing microbrews and craft ales to our gatherings, and now they, too, appreciate good beer.
  • baseball,current events,theology
  • FedEx guy
  • Dave Yost
  • Classic Rock, Blues, Classical
  • I'm a home brewer. Who needs TV?
  • "The Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck; "A Time to Kill" by John Grisham; The Bible;
  • In 2006 I changed work locations and met a guy who told me he made his own beer. I thought that was pretty cool. I researched it and read about it for over a year, and decided I wanted to try it for myself. For Christmas, 2007, my kids gave me a home brewing book and a gift certificate for the LHBS.

    In January of 2008 I bought a Brewers' Best starter kit and a 24-quart stainless steel stockpot and started my addiction. The first attempt, using a BB kit, didn't turn out too bad despite the mistakes I made.

    I started brewing on the kitchen stove. Last summer, I installed a double utility tub and a gas stove in the basement so I could brew there instead. I recently bought a full-size refrigerator for lagering. I generally alternate making lagers and ales.

    At this point, I have done 31 brews, and only one was so bad I had to pour it out.
  • EdWort's Bee Cave Brewery Bavarian Hefeweizen;
    Midwest's Wurzburger Maibock AG kit;
  • Saint Cuddy's Dortmunder:
    EdWort's Apfelwein
  • Midwest's Power Pack Porter (AG kit)
  • German-style lager n.o.s.;
  • Male
  • Married


  • Posted in thread: So I'm getting back into it..northernbrewer? on 12-16-2012 at 03:02 PM
    Both Northern Brewer and Midwest Supply are great if you don't have a good local store. I used
    them extensively until my LHBS opened up about eight months ago.

  • Posted in thread: 2nd fermentation on 07-30-2012 at 12:54 AM
    Longer than a week is ok. In fact, two weeks is recommended, but I would need more info about
    the original gravity of your beer and the temperature at which you are keeping it before I
    could advise yo...

  • Posted in thread: Too much yeast? on 07-16-2012 at 12:02 AM
    I have pitched two packs. Fermentation starts faster, finishes sooner. Another option is to
    pitch one pack and save the other. Then you have a backup in case of a yeast failure. That has
    happened to m...

  • Posted in thread: Took the plunge...Better Bottles on 06-10-2012 at 05:59 PM
    Six tablespoons of Oxiclean and hot tap water, leave it overnight and all the gunk just
    disappears. Drain it, rinse it, leave it inverted to drain. I do a final rinse with distilled
    water because my t...

  • Posted in thread: What you brewing for National Homebrew this weekend? on 05-05-2012 at 06:17 PM
    Two-hearted clone.

  • Posted in thread: In Praise of the Beer Snob on 05-05-2012 at 06:13 PM
    Oh heck, I thought this thread was about me. Oh well.All kidding aside, I can answer
    affirmatively to the question at the end of Recluse's original post. I even bought some amylase
    enzyme to make a li...

  • Posted in thread: Beer documentaties on 05-02-2012 at 02:39 AM
    The show with Calagione didn't last long. I think there was a Modern Marvels episode on The
    History Channel about breweries. I remember seeing train car loads of malt, and giant
    fermenters at the Budw...

  • Posted in thread: beer book recommendations. on 05-02-2012 at 02:27 AM
    I'm going to recommend the Sam Calagione book, Extreme Brewing. Lots of pictures, great starter
    book. After that, get How To Brew by John Palmer, which goes into the nuts and bolts and can
    take you in...

  • Posted in thread: FG is not where i wanted on 04-23-2012 at 12:35 AM
    Is this an extract brew or all-grain?

  • Posted in thread: When to use a blow off tube? on 04-14-2012 at 01:16 PM
    Use a blowoff tube with this ale. I have cleaned beer off my ceiling, so I know. Gunk gets up
    into the airlock, blocking the escape of carbon dioxide, and then you have a successful missile
    launch. (D...

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