PS- airborne guy- we may share same occupation. I may have to "take lost time" to make a meeting.mhot55 said:Shocked to find a staten island thread. Just quickly glanced through all the posts. Would love to get together and be able to share ideas. unfortunately my schedule varies widely.
Few things about me= name is Mike H. 39 years old. Married (lucky- wife loves this hobby). Native islander. Never seen a tanning bed. Haven't used gel or mousse in 20+ years. Brewing since 2007 after 15 year break (college years and bad beers). live near south shore YMCA in eltingville. And,yes, Holiday Beverage has nice selection. Refuse to drink BMC or the like anymore. I have become a beer primma donna.
Equipment= All-grain set up, 5+ gallons. Bottle, don't keg (not yet). 7.2 cu ft chest freezer with thermostat for lagering.
I just restocked on hops, bought about 5+ lbs. still have good amount from 2010 & 2009 harvest (vacuum sealed and frozen) so still good quality. Wide array from American hops to English to noble.
Have over 60 batches under my belt. Haven't met a style I didn't like. Dark, light. Bitter, balanced, malty or sweet. High or low ABV. Belgian, German, English, or American. IPA, APA, EPA, ESB, cream, blond, brown, Czech & German Pilsners, hefe's (American and German), stout (oatmeal, sweet/milk, RIS), porters, steam, Oktoberfest, Vienna Lager, munich helles, maibock, Dopple bock, Saison, Dubbel, dark Belgian strong, witte, and probably a few other styles I'm forgetting. Only had 2, maybe 3 "off" batches. Otherwise I loved every batch I made (I know, sorta like how everyone's own child is the cutest and smartest).
Currently on hand- Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Stout (half was Oaked), Wheat Porter
Imperial IPA , Chimay Blue clone, Oktoberfest, Saison, ESB, Brown
Fermenting- Irish red, Cream ale
On Schedule- Czech pils, APA
Feel like I just typed a profile on a dating service. Hopefully I can be able to meet you guys and discuss home brewing (or just drinking). Any ingredients, equipment anyone may need, shoot me a text. I'd be happy to oblige if possible.