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  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Grew up in NJ & PA, moved to Phoenix from Pittsburgh in 1998. Had a few bad attempts at brewing in college but my wife showed interest in giving it a try. So I got her some books and we got the equipment. Now we brew together and enjoy the fruits of our labor. It is always the best when SWMBO is enjoying the hobby as much as you.
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  • I little over a year ago (2007) my wife was looking for a new job and did one of those find your career surveys... It said she should be a brewer and she loved the idea. So for XMass last year (2007) I bought her 2 brewing books and we went to the LHBS near us and got the equipment. My wife got into beer because on our first date I took her to Rock Bottom and got her the sampler, from that point on she was hooked. Now I have to admit I am more hooked than her on the brewing, but we enjoy it together, she is registered as Zengirl. We have 2 plastic carboys and two regularl carboy to make for a nice rotation.
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  • Posted in thread: Store bought water VS. tapwater on 09-22-2009 at 07:04 PM
    You will get very varied results. This is because of our water supply here in the metro phoenix
    area. We get water from different sources depending on the reservoir levels, etc. The water
    chemistry ca...

  • Posted in thread: Would you still buy beer? on 07-09-2009 at 10:56 PM
    yup, good to try out new things for research, or to support the beers/breweries you really
    love. Either way we always have some commercial brand in the fridge next to the home brews.

  • Posted in thread: Storing bottles during carbonation? on 07-09-2009 at 09:04 PM
    hide them in a closet or under a desk, i keep mine on an empty shelf in the pantry (4 cases)
    then I can also get about 10 cases under a long custom desk i built in my computer room, when
    that is full ...

  • Posted in thread: Dear LHBS Owner (venting) on 07-02-2009 at 07:07 PM
    wow, that stinks. And to think i get annoyed at my LHBS because they are to nice, knowledgable
    and helpful to almost overkill. What I mean by this is this:I need corn sugar, or maybe just a
    vial of ye...

  • Posted in thread: Apfelwein, what's the draw? on 07-02-2009 at 05:05 PM
    It is super simple to make. Not so cheap in my book, considering what tree top apple juice
    costs in the stores around here, but the results are worth the extra expense. When i first made
    it my LHBS ha...

  • Posted in thread: Temperature Control Questions on 06-26-2009 at 09:27 PM
    Plus the fact that I put a picture of my swamp cooler must have given you a clue that I knew
    what the hell I was talking about.or the fact that you have almost 14,000 posts to your name,
    not that you ...

  • Posted in thread: What are the chances my yeast are dead after shipping? on 06-26-2009 at 04:37 PM
    I had the same issue a few weeks back Yeast Sauna. Pitched a started for both yeasts, they took
    off fine, pitched the start on my brew day and everything fermenting nicely.

  • Posted in thread: I feel ripped off on 06-25-2009 at 04:58 PM
    Don't feel ripped off, you actually made beer. One you can drink and enjoy and say you made
    yourself. So it didn't turn out exactly like you wanted, that is the joy of changing it up and

  • Posted in thread: A few questions before I buy anything on 06-24-2009 at 11:00 PM
    I have 2 plastic and 1 glass fermentor. when i started I had just one plastic, then added
    another plastic and got a 6.5 carboy. I figured I'd really like the glass because it would be
    'cleaner' and wo...

  • Posted in thread: newbie mistake with bottling? on 06-24-2009 at 09:03 PM
    you'll be fine i just bring it to a boil for like 30 seconds and then stir sugar in, then put
    that mixture in the bottling bucket, then rack onto it. I've never had an issue.

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