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Title: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: roffenburger on November 13, 2009, 02:13:48 PM
I really like the sense of community we all get from forums like this. I recognize a lot of people here from the NB board, but there are a bunch of people I don't know and it would be cool for everyone to introduce and share a little about  yourself. Don't feel obligated though!  ::)

I'm Travis. 25 y/o. I've been brewing for about 2 years now. I moved to all grain this past spring (12 AG to date) and don't know why I didn't do it sooner! Love to brew, and like most other people here, its just about all I think about. I live in Kansas City and work for a pharmaceutical company as a microbiologist while my wife is in medical school at Kansas University. I like long leisurely strolls on the beach, and my favorite color is blue (especially for mash tuns!)  ;D
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: ndcube on November 13, 2009, 02:24:44 PM
My name is Matt.  I'm 29 and write/admin software/databases for an engineering company.
I have a wife and a couple of youngsters.

I've been brewing for just over two years and have been all grain for just over a year.  I just got a freezer and temp switch that I need to hook up so I can lager!

I'm trying to learn as much as I can about all the different styles.

My favorite color is green but my cooler is blue.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: valorian on November 13, 2009, 02:32:19 PM
Names Darin, been brewing for about 7 years now. Been making wine for about 10. I brew all grain in my garage. It's nothing fancy, just your typical cooler mashing. I manage the website for my local homebrewclub, The Forest City Brewers (http://forestcitybrewers.org).

I too have a blue mashtun. I find blue mash tuns work best for mashing.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: theDarkSide on November 13, 2009, 03:01:58 PM
My name is Steve, but I go by Stephen, Stevo, Stevorino, or hey you!  I am 42 years old, married, with one assistant brewer, a son age 7 ( don't worry...he only helps dump the grain into my Barley Crusher...I don't make him do the dough in or run the boil...yet ).

I've been brewing for a few years, but only seriously for about the last 3.  Started as an extract brewer with a kit my wife bought me at the Vermont Brewers Festival, but have been doing All Grain for the last 3 years.  I batch sparge following the wisdom of Denny ( sucking up here  ;) ).  I recently acquired a new chest freezer and set it up as a fermentation chamber.  What a difference!

Hopefully my next big acquisition will be a kegging system because I am growing really tired of bottling. 

I post mainly on The Brewing Network forum, but also on Beer Advocate, Morebeer ( sometimes ), and NB once or twice.  I will behave myself and try to remember which forum I'm posting on so as not to incur the wrath of Denny.  ;D

My mash tun is also Blue....Blue is the new Black.



Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: babalu87 on November 13, 2009, 03:16:42 PM
My name is Jeff

43 married with a 7 yo son and 4 yo daughter.
We have started to do a lot of camping and will continue to until the kids lose interest.
I hunt and do some offshore fishing (mostly for Bluefin tuna with occasional Marlin trips as well)

I brewed for a while in the early 90's and stopped when we built the house.

With the greatly appreciated help/prodding of a friend who said "I'm brewing tomorrow, bring a carboy" a few years back it has been guns blazing since. Didnt realize how much I missed this hobby.

I generally do single infusion mashes but do decoctions for most German styles. My wife has helped by mashing in for me a few times, once was a triple infusion Hefeweizen............. so I have that going for me.

Temps are generally controlled by a swamp cooler except during camping season/vacations when I will plug in a spare keezer.

4 taps in a converted fridge and generally one other ready in the lagering keezer.

Everything except the mill in my system was built by me (and the mill was even modified to make it gear drive) and leans toward the Cheap and Easy method (copyright Denny Conn)

We have 5 varieties of hops with good harvests from three (Cascades, Mt Hood, Fuggles) the Northern Brewers and Northdowns need to be move to another location.

RED COOLER!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: stout_fan on November 13, 2009, 03:21:30 PM
... Blue is the new Black.

Sorry, I'm not changing my avatar. :D

BTW My favorite color is orange as in McLaren which became more like yellow in the early 70's M8D's, my favorite shade of "orange".
edit: some info actually related to this board:
I use keggles w/ 12.5 to 13 gal batch size. Free standing BK and HLT. The tuns are 152 and 70 qt and sometimes both.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/stout_fan/HERMS3/510_hopback2.jpg)

I prefer brewing beer to walks on a beach, sunset or otherwise. Now if there was a brewery on the beach....
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: roffenburger on November 13, 2009, 03:25:02 PM

RED COOLER!

I bet your efficiency is terrible with that thing!  ;)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: homebrewdad on November 13, 2009, 03:37:04 PM
I'm an old fart, I guess.  I'll be 55 in December, married since '83.  Two kids, 15 and 16.

Brewing for five or six years, making wine for 20.  My mashtun is a keg inside a wooden box, and I'm setting up to do 30 gallon batches.  I just invested in a 3 barrel fermenter.

I've done a bunch of SMASH recipes, my favorite being Maris Otter with Centennial.

I manage a OPE department at a Do-It Best Hardware store in southwest Michigan.

Glad to be here.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: Robert on November 13, 2009, 03:42:32 PM
Real name is............Robert  ;D.

Hittin the big 3-0 in about a month. Been brewing for about 3 years now. All-grain 5 and 10 gallon batches.


Married with a 3 yr and 6 month old. Wife and I are big baseball fans. Season tix to the Rangers. I work for a city govt, solving problems and such.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: akr71 on November 13, 2009, 03:58:38 PM
Kit brewed for about 10 years - my housemate/best bud had the gear and I got the bug.  Got my one gear when I got married.
Had been talking about all-grain grewing for a while and my wife bought me a couple books last xmas (I think she now regrets that) and did my first ag batch last April with number 9 coming soon.

38, married to a nurse, we have two kids (daughter is 6, son is 1).  I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and work for the provincial government.  I do GIS (Geographic Information Systems), which is basically a blend of mapping and databases.

When I'm not at work, taxi-ing the daughter to various activities, looking after/playing with my kids and/or dog, brewing or thinking about brewing, I like to spend my time outside, wither working on the yard or taking the family for a hike/walk.  Maritime weather can really put a damper on that though.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: mrbowenz on November 13, 2009, 04:04:46 PM
Ok, i'll bite  :D

My name is Chris Bowen,

I am married for 23 years to a great wife, and have 3 great  children , 22 , 16 , and 10 . I am a financial planner for the past 16 years and specialize in small business's of 2-15 employees , I am a master broker in 11 different states selling employee and executive benefit packages, so that's boring .

I have a couple of different serious hobbies, but I will talk about the brewing one here .
In 2007 I won the gold medal at the GABF ProAm , which helped to add some credibility to my amature brewing career, it was a fantastic thrill,  and one I will always cherrish. I am also a BJCP judge , and waiting for a local exam site to take my Cicerone exam, I did the beer server one so far .
I started doing re-eacting of a 1800's brewer for my local historical society about two years ago, after doing a fair amount of research, I am currently  a guest curator for a year long museum exibit on brewing history , that includes brewing old recipes from the period of 1790 to 1830 , re-enactments on period equipment and giving lectures on historical brewing practices.
 
In addition , I am working on my latest project for next summer 2010 , where I am making a documentary film about the Northwest Passage in the arctic region of Canada, a modern day adventure film that has me and a couple of friends, riding motorcycles into the arctic to brew the famous Allsopp's Arctic ale , a three week adventure of extreme brewing, history, and adventure motorcycling.

Other than that, I enjoying mostly brewing for friends and learning from fellow homebrewers , I belong to a very strong and active  local club "the Lehigh Valley Homebrewers", where several great brewers have taught me much of what I know .
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: rebobbitt on November 13, 2009, 04:47:20 PM
My turn..

I am 44, married with two boys, 11 and 14.

I am a software engineer, and own my own small software company, specializing in GPS/GIS and digital cameras.

I've been homebrewing for 4 years now. I am a member of the KROC homebrew club in North Denver and a BJCP judge.

I use 3 15gal kettles for all-grain brewing with two natural gas fired burners.

In my "beer office", I have a fermentation fridge which can hold two 6.5 gal carboys, and a storage/serving fridge which can hold 15 cornies. I built a wooden collar for the fridge, and added 5 serving taps.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2726/4085686443_972d12853d_m.jpg)   (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4101049722_63525edc59_m.jpg)    (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2754/4100292117_158644b5be_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: denny on November 13, 2009, 04:59:05 PM
I'm an older fart....57, 58 on Valentine's Day.  Been married damn near 30 years, have a 32 year old son in NY and 2 grandkids, 1 and 4.  I've been brewing about 12 years.  I'm a member of the AHA Governing Committee, and in real life I'm an audio engineer at a large performing arts facility.  I love cooking and baking bread.  If I ever have any spare time, I play the ukulele.  Currently working on learning Pinball Wizard on the uke.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dbeechum on November 13, 2009, 06:53:25 PM
Let's see.. got one Admin, might as well get the other one in...

Drew Beechum - 35 - engaged - no kids, except 2 furry four legged canines and 2 furry four legged cats (one of which outweighs the canines). I live and brew in Pasadena, CA. Originally from Florida, went to school in Cambridge, MA. This means at some point I'm going to have to move somewhere into Denny territory (or north of there) just to finish pegging the four corners of the country.

I work as a senior software engineer for a major entertainment company and have had all sorts of jobs around here. Currently, I write and design systems to help ferret out people misbehaving in our online products. Its an odd job seeing what people like to chat about on these intertubes.

Brewing wise - I brew 10 gallon batches in a 26 gallon pot. (I hate boilovers I guess) and use a blue cooler for my mashing. Sadly, the braid is coming out this week to be replaced by an old fashioned copper manifold.  I mostly ferment in two 10 gallon corny kegs and have ~25 kegs waiting to receive brew. My favorite styles are Mild, Saison and DIPA. (go figure that range). I guess I like extremes. I'd be hard pressed not to experiment with something goofy.

I am a member and past president of America's Oldest Homebrew Club - The Maltose Falcons (http://www.maltosefalcons.com/) (out of Woodland Hills, CA). I'm currently the "Grand Hydrometer" (aka Beer Education dude or Mr. Know-it-all) and the Webmeister.

I was a one day Jeopardy! Champion last year (2008) and got to talk about homebrewing with Alex. The next day I talked about skydiving and then promptly lost. Must be the reason I don't throw myself from airplanes anymore!

I'm also a freelance writer published in Zymurgy, the Celebrator and a monthly column in BeerAdvocate the Magazine.

Earlier this year a book I wrote was published by Adams Media - The Everything Homebrewing Book (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605501220?ie=UTF8&tag=stoutguycom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1605501220).

Like Denny, I'm a member of the Governing Committee which means I'm all ears for ways to improve the AHA experience for the membership.Unlike Denny, I still have my hearing intact!

(http://maltosefalcons.com/gallery2/d/2466-1/2005_Sunfest_03_SkyBrigade_Flying.jpg)
A fool and the ground are soon reunited!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: denny on November 13, 2009, 06:59:39 PM
Unlike Denny, I still have my hearing intact!

What????
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dbeechum on November 13, 2009, 07:02:37 PM
What????

I SAID I STILL HAVE MY HEARING IN... Oh never mind! :)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 13, 2009, 07:15:27 PM
UPDATED 5/7/10:

My name is Matt and I'm 31 years old, married, and have one child.  I'm an attorney working on behalf of a state agency.

I've been brewing since November 2005.  I brewed three or four extract batches w/grain and then moved to partial mashing.  Starting at about batch ten, I went all-grain.  I just brewed batch 71 last weekend.  I became interested in craft beer when I turned 21 -- back in 2000 -- and was working as a server at Boscos Brew Pub in Nashville, TN.  I remember one of the Nashville homebrew clubs meeting there regularly and thinking to myself, "these guys are nuts...you must have to invest in thousands of dollars worth of equipment to make decent beer at home!"  Obviously, I was wrong!

Prior to going to law school, I was a working guitar player in Nashville.  I did this for about eight years, recording and touring pretty regularly, but not with anyone particularly notable.  After so many years of making peanuts and having to work odd jobs to support my music habit, I decided to go back to school.  Other than having to deal with such an awful job market right now, going back to school was the best thing I ever did, aside from marrying my wonderful wife.   ;)  I still play guitar quite a bit.  In fact, I just recorded some tracks for my brothers' (two of 'em) forthcoming album a few weeks ago.

Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: theDarkSide on November 13, 2009, 07:20:47 PM
I was a one day Jeopardy! Champion last year (2008) and got to talk about homebrewing with Alex. The next day I talked about skydiving and then promptly lost. Must be the reason I don't throw myself from airplanes anymore!


Instantly, the Cheers episode when Cliff went on Jeopardy pops into my head...you didn't answer final Jeopardy with "3 people who haven't been in my kitchen" did you?
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dbeechum on November 13, 2009, 07:23:54 PM
Instantly, the Cheers episode when Cliff went on Jeopardy pops into my head...you didn't answer final Jeopardy with "3 people who haven't been in my kitchen" did you?

That was my plan if I didn't know the answer! (But I knew the answers)

Hell, the first day the Final Jeopardy category popped up as Science Fiction. It was really, really, really hard for me not to bet it all and truly pull a Cliffy.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: corkybstewart on November 13, 2009, 07:36:19 PM
My name is Corky Stewart, I live in Carlsbad NM.  I started brewing with 1 can of pre-hopped extract, 2 pounds of corn sugar and the crappy little yeast pack on top of the extract can back in 1993.  I did 3 of those batches and then went to extract and steeped grains for 2 years.  Then I started all grain with a ZapPap, and in 2000 a friend built my current system (more or less) so I could do 10 gallon all grain batches.  
For what it's worth I'll be 53 soon, been married to the same woman for 29 years and have a 23 year old daughter who loves my homebrew and 25 year old son who doesn't drink beer except a sour pumpkin beer a friend gave me.

Here's a link to some of my brewing gear.

http://s362.photobucket.com/albums/oo65/rocdoc1/my%20beer%20stuff/
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Post by: tesla_hv on November 13, 2009, 08:14:19 PM
My name is Monty and I am 50 years old with seven children.  Not all of them are by me and only two live with us now.  I am an electrical engineer that specializes in high-power, high-voltage systems such as multi-megawatt microwave transmitters.  For the past year, I've been on a long-term assignment at the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) here in the Marshall Islands.  Not too many miles away is Bikini Atoll where they open-air tested atomic bombs in the 40's and 50's.  Luckily there was little fallout that came this way so I don't glow in the dark.  When I am not brewing I like to sail and deep-sea fish.  Kwajalein Atoll is the largest lagoon in the world so outdoor watersports here are awesome.  I've only been a homebrewer since December 28th 2008.  Since then I've brewed 24 batches.  Just when I think that I've become decent at it, a batch will surprise me.  I've been a member of other internet homebrew forums but this one is by far the best.  I already feel that I've made friends here. 

Oh yes, there are no privately-owned vehicles here.  I ride a bike everywhere and get wet when it rains (which is often).
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: blatz on November 13, 2009, 08:21:57 PM
My name’s Paul, I’m 31 and I manage investment capital for ‘ultra high net worth’ families.  Little over 5 years ago, I married my college sweetheart I met while at University of Florida (Go Gators), and have no kids, though most people would say we treat our 2 four legged furry guys as kids.  My bloodline is German/Czech, so I’m quite anal about whatever I’m doing, and yes, I am apparently distantly related to that other Blatz beer, though I can assure you the Blatz beer made at my house is much better.  We’ve been living in South Florida since ’99 and its pretty much home now.

I’ve been brewing for 4- 5 years, did 3 or 4 extracts, and then moved to all grain once I dropped my brew partner – I never wanted to do extract, and he lost interest after the second batch...  Within 5 batches, I moved up to 12gals per batch with small exception for a pilot recipe or my big series every December (Barleywine, Russian Imperial, and a ‘guest’ brew) for which I do 6 gals.  I’m doing batch 99 next weekend (Baltic Porter) and will follow that with an all Centennial IPA to commemorate batch 100. I brew about every 3-4 weeks.  I think I have 17 5gal kegs and 4 3gals, and the 17s are always occupied.

Favorite styles are American and German based, but if I had to nail it to 5: IPA, Porter, Dortmunder, Maerzen, and RIS,  though I like a lot of styles in that space.  Also, am a Certified BJCP judge. 

I like to cook, grill, read, run, Crossfit, and just hang with the dogs.  Best nights of my life are when we take the dogs for a walk around the lake, then come home and sit out back, grill some food, listen to some tunes and enjoy some pints. 
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: tesla_hv on November 13, 2009, 08:25:17 PM
...University of Florida (Go Gators)...
+1
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: yugamrap on November 13, 2009, 08:32:54 PM
My name is Jim.  I'm 46, and live in Parma, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland) with my wife of 25 years.  I'm  a senior project manager for an environmental construction and remediation contracting company www.emsonsite.com.  I mainly deal with project safety and environmental compliance and inside project management.  Our son (23) is my assistant brewer, recently graduated from college, lives at home, and works for the same company I do as a field project assistant/technician.  Our daughter (21) will finish her undergraduate degree this coming May, then continue to graduate school. 

I've been brewing just over two years. I did a few extract batches, then switched to all grain.  I am now set up for 10-gallon batches, have a temperature controlled fridge for fermenting and lagering, and have four faucets on a separate serving fridge.  I'm a member of our local brewing club, the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers ("SNOBs") http://www.beersnobs.org/  I brew all sorts of styles, but especially enjoy brewing German styles for the "OktoBEERfest!" I hold at my house each year.  My latest brewing milestone is that I've begun buying base malt by the sack.

And, despite my best efforts to be a fairly rational person, I remain a Browns fan.... ??? 
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: bonjour on November 13, 2009, 08:33:09 PM
I’m Fred Bonjour, 59, married for 37 years, live in Troy Michigan, have two boys and a girl who is getting married on October 16th 2010 and I’m brewing the beer for the reception.  Going to be fun.  I have 5 grandkids and they are a blast, from pre-crawl thru 5 years.  

Brewing wise I’m somewhat of a newcomer. My first batch was brewed Jan 1st 2002.  Christmas 2001 my son gave me a Mr. Beer brewing kit and I have never looked back. My first brew was a kicked up Mr. Beer Octoberfest, brewed with the aid of Charlie’s book, Joy of Homebrewing, ProMash and a couple pounds of DME.  Along the way I’ve developed a love affair with all things beer (especially big beers, anything under 1.100 is a ‘session’ beer). Past President of C.R.A.F.T. (Clinton River Association of Fermenting Trendsetters), a founding member of SNOBS (Society of North Oakland Brewers) and a Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Member.  I’m an AHA member and an EvangAle-ist, BJCP judge and an Assistant Education Director of the BJCP,  I teach BJCP Exam Prep/ Beer Appreciation courses, administer BJCP exams and assist with local How-to-Brew classes.  

The Internet is a great thing, but there is also a lot of misinformation out there, especially in the form of recipes.  To help with this I searched the Internet for award winning recipes and founded BeerDuJour.com as a place to house them.  At the time it was, to my knowledge, the only location where you could find proven recipes (way to go AHA for hosting NHC award winners).  Prior to Jamil’s “Brewing Classic Styles” I was publishing his recipes from his “The Brewing Network” shows.  I’m also working on some on-line training for the BJCP that will be coming out around the NHC.  The bottom line is that I love helping others (and ‘occasionally brewing rather large beers) so it’s graet to be involved early with this awesome forum.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: loopy on November 13, 2009, 08:46:28 PM
My name is Chad, I'm 34 and am married with two kids (daughter 8, son 4).  I work as a network architect for the financial arm of one of the largest energy companies in the world and deal specifically with the networks for trading exchanges and commodity tradefloors across north america. 

I began brewing about 4 years ago, and to be honest I am a bit of a lazy brewer in that after eventually getting a setup and system I liked I never moved up.  I still brew extract and steeped grain batches, and have probably made between 45-50 batches using the process.  Except for my first 3 months I have never had a problem with my process so I have not moved to all grain.  I love the lighter side of belgium beers and also the bavarian inspired wheat beers of germany.  I do like the triples and DTs as well but dont drink them near as much as the wits and saisons and heffes.  Also make mead and wine, my kids help me brew beer, my wife makes wine with me. 

Love to cook, have 3 grills and 2 smokers.  I like being outdoors and staying busy, I like working with my hands.  I also like big complicated puzzles and working through nuances of complicated issues.  I dont like public speaking crowds, but am better than I used to be about it.  Aside from brewing, my favorites times are being in the garden or on a pasture or woods or fishing. 
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: capozzoli on November 13, 2009, 09:51:29 PM
Hello, my name is Bill.

 I am an alcoholic.....

I really dont want to share more than that cause no doubt many home-brewers are ambiguously gay, stalking, rapist types.

J/K ...the sick sense of humor goes with the alcoholism.

Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 13, 2009, 10:24:19 PM
My name is Jeff,  and I haven't brewed in 7 days...

I am 57, a retired engineer, who likes to travel, hike, and seek out beer.  We have been married for 29 years, no kids, and my wife is a retired teacher.  She is also my co-brewer.

Started this obsession Oct, 1992 with a kit, soon moved to partial mashes, mashes in a bucket, then a Gott cooler.  The kettles kept getting larger.  Now I have a 3 half barrel 3 burner pico(TM) system.

Styles that we make are British session beers, Belgian beers including sours, American hop driven beers, and German lagers.  I am really brewing more lagers now, as I have more time.  Smoked beers have become a passion, and this week has seen 12 lbs of grain get smoked a couple of different woods.  More variables to play around with.

This has been an educational hobby, but I still have much to learn.   The freinds that we have made is bonus from this hobby, as there are so many great people willing to share knowledge.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: matthew on November 13, 2009, 11:30:24 PM
OK.....I'm Matthew, 48, and I started brewing  in 1984,M&F HME and too much sugar but I MADE MY OWN
BEER!!! Couldnt belive it, been hooked ever since. Started using grains in th late 80s(bought Dave Line's and
Byrum Burch's books) and in 88 sighed up with th AHA and got 5 mags too( I have one mag left,it was the AHAs
10 year anniversary that year, my how things change)
all of which help me to slowly go all grain in 95 or so.Wished I had stayed with th AHA, oh well.
I was a guitar player from th age of 12 and started in bars in 83 till 2000 or so. Mostly worked in groc.stores
since I was 15 and played th bars at night.Used to buy Premier MES buy th case at cost + 5%, the old Blue
Ribbon malt then they change to Premier.Neither job made me that much money, oh well.
In 1986 I was diagnosed with Diabetes and it slowed me down as far as brewing goes so I never really went to far
to fast so I'm still green-newbe when it comes to alot of things but mostly I just brewed less quantity and still went for
th quality, it has caught up with me and I dont brew much at all anymore but I still love the hobby even if I'm just talkin
about it,oh well.
I shoot and tinker with guns and hunt a bit, built model aircraft(prop-Warbirds), "but mostly I just watch TV".
That's 'bout it for me   NEXT!!
 
 Matthew
Not much esle to say- really glad to be hear
I forgot, I have a big white cat named K-Man
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Post by: realbeerguy on November 13, 2009, 11:47:29 PM
Hi, Mike T checking in.  57 (birthday in July so Denny you are still the old fart), 4 kids 19-29, no grandkids yet, 2 cats, 1 dog(brew assistant Pepper).  Wife, Juliana started me in 1995 with a Mr Beer,"Here, YOU can make your own BEER!"  What a doll!  Ag since 2001, 10 gal batches with keggle & Igloo w/ Phil Bottom. Do all styles, but like Amer Pales, Porters, & Barleywines.  My lawnmower beer is a SN Celebration Clone.  Keg mostly here. Have a Frigidare kegerator that I got new on a steal.

 Founding member of WHALES (Woodbridge NJ), Currently in SC and a member of the Savannah Brewers League.  We just started a club in Bluffton, SC, Lowcountry MALTS.  4 BOS's in comps.  BJCP Reconized, & currently teaching BJCP for a July exam.  Love beer, but have a passion for meads.

The obession is paid for by being a Coordinator for a Major Supplimental Insurance.  In a prior life, I sold automated valves to the chemical & pharmeceutical industry.  Love to golf, I live on a golf course.

Just remember, it's cheap to get in this hobby, but expensive to get out.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: weazletoe on November 14, 2009, 02:19:35 AM
Hello. My name is Weaze. (but my paystubs say Barry) I'm 32. Been brewing AG for 2 years, after 3 extract batches. Been married to a great girl for 12 years now. Currently live in Ne Ohio, but have the house up for sale and will be moving to Idaho. I fabricate sheet metal, and install  furnaces and a/c. No kids, but 3 dogs.
  I don't like to take life to seriously, and try to laugh everyday.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: tesla_hv on November 14, 2009, 02:23:28 AM
Weaze, why are you moving to Idaho?
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: weazletoe on November 14, 2009, 02:30:53 AM
Going back to be with my wifes family.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dean on November 14, 2009, 02:57:14 AM
Hi, I'm Dean.  I'm probably as close as you'll get to meeting a jack of all-trades.  I've done just about everything at least a few times, not saying I am or was the best, just that I've done most of it and understand most of it to some degree.  I hope to continue with "my trade" because quite honestly it bores me after a while doing the same old s*** year in and year out.  I "Love" showing people "how-to" on just about anything.  It amazes me sometimes that society today has lost so much knowlege.  Yeh... you read it right.  Many people today can't even change their own door knob!!   :o  If it isn't on a computer... they can't do it.  Its funny sometimes listening to people talk about how badass they are playing games etc... they're just games but sometimes I don't think they understand the difference. 

Ha!  If Denny only started brewing 12 years ago then I've got at least one thing on him... I made my first homebrew attempt in 1979!   :D  I'm sure he can brew much better than myself and I know for a fact that he's brewed many more batches than I have but I've got that on him anyway... HA!!  Eat That Denny!   ;)  ;D

Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dimik on November 14, 2009, 03:09:54 AM
Hey yall.
My name is Dmitri. I'm 23. Haven't been brewing for very long, but seem to improve with every batch, or maybe I'm just thinking that. Want to go all-grain, but the lack of space prevents me from it. I actually have to store my brew under my bed... yeah. Thus I must wait until we move somewhere more spacious. Live in Brooklyn, New York City, working on my double degree in Pharmaceutical Science and Biotechnology while working as a waiter in a wedding hall and other filthy dumps. Single, no children, but have the best cat in the world and absolutely LOATHE dogs.
Reader (lowest order of clergy - reading/chanting is what I do) in church, and also make beeswax candles. Compiled a liturgic "guide" in slavonic, making it possible to know what to chant during all-night vigil without going to school for 3 years and constantly shuffling about 5 books. Working on the next, fuller edition.
I've traveled to something like 13 or 15 countries, favorite of which were probably Serbia and Alaska (USA, but still, it's incredible).
Fluent in two languages, able to read in three.
Not the nicest of people, but there are times :)
That's about it, nothing really interesting to say about myself.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: 1vertical on November 14, 2009, 03:11:07 AM
Going back to be with my wifes family.
I hope you stop here on your way through!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: KING__SIZE on November 14, 2009, 03:15:43 AM
Name: Danny
Age: 31
Current Base of Operations: NJ
Occupation: Selective Demolition Expert
Homebrew Club: WHALES (Woodbridge Homebrewers)
Happily married to my best friend Andrea for the past 7 years, no kids but we do have a smelly pointer mix named Zeke, and two cats: Guinness and Schafchen.
Brew Rig: Low tech 5 gallon bucket falsebottom mashtun, 10 gallon pot, turkey fryer. Beer tastes great, so I'm doing something right.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: rabid_dingo on November 14, 2009, 05:44:08 AM
Hello All!

My name is Ruben. I am 32 years old, I have a 2.5 year old son with my wife of 7 years.  I work
for United Airlines. I've been a Customer Service Rep for 12 years. I have circumnavigated the
Earth once, creating a new sport in the process. Started in Denver and went west. 19,288 miles,
6 cities and 6 countries later I landed in Denver from Washington's Dulles. How is it a sport you
ask? I did it in 8 days.  :o
The amazing race is too slow.  I love to travel.

I have been brewing for about 6 years AG for 4. I love the process, I love the outcome.
Love the new board. Cheers.    ;D

Going back to be with my wifes family.
I hope you stop here on your way through!

I'll drive up to join you to! I am only a state away.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: k4df4l on November 14, 2009, 01:01:53 PM
Name: Dylan
Occupation: IT slave/Net Admin
I bought my starter kit back in '91 or '92 and brewed several can kits with marginal to "average at best" results.  Took a break for several years and picked the hobby back up with a vengeance a handful of years ago when I struck on all the fantastic information available about brewing on the Internet.  Been AG for the past 3 years and I'm still using most of the gear from that original starter kit....talk about a good investment of 75 bucks!  Currently using a 10g round cooler w/ bazooka tube, turkey fryer setup w/ a number of carboys.  I have a two tap fridge and still bottle some batches.  Looking forward to trying my hand at some lagers this winter.  I live in a great area for craft beer and find plenty of inspiration for my own brewing.

Outside of brewing, I'm married (three months!) w/ no kids and enjoy cooking, playing guitar, woodworking, photography, etc...
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: lonnie mac on November 14, 2009, 03:58:01 PM
Im Lonnie (Mac) McAllister
Serial marrier. Currently going on 7 years with Moonbeam (my last!)
Brewer, musician (Ha!)
Most of my life in the space bizness, here at JSC.
I help to build the Boeing 787 in real life now...

Been brewing since around 98'. Fell in love with a porter at the Fredericksburg Brewery here in Tx and said to myself, I can make this stuff! Through several iterations of homemade breweries, and MANY MANY great friends along the way in just about every forum out there, it has all cumulated into Brutus Ten, my current brewery.

Glad to be here! I have been waiting for a great AHA forum to hang my hat in and settle down!

Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: BrewingRover on November 14, 2009, 10:09:46 PM
I'm Greg, almost 47, and I'm a business librarian at a Major Research University in Chicago. In former days, I was a letter carrier and line cook. I live in the 'burbs and commute from a train station that adjoins the 2006 GABF small brewpub of the year. I married later in life so no kids but one geriatric cat.

I'm coming up on my fourth anniversary of homebrewing and have slowly worked my way from extract to partial mash to all grain. In a blue cooler, of course.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: weazletoe on November 15, 2009, 12:26:03 AM
Going back to be with my wifes family.
I hope you stop here on your way through!

I'll drive up to join you to! I am only a state away.

Wow! This could mean yet one more state to add to the list o states I'm not welcome in.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: uisgue on November 15, 2009, 03:42:51 AM
  My name is Doug.  I've been homebrewing on my own for about three years now.  I did do an assist with a friend and a couple of brew-on-premises batches in the mid 90's though.  I am currently doing all grain batches using Denny's C & E Batch Sparge method.  Just now trying to get into some of the more technical aspects like water chemistry (well, trying to learn).  I started homebrewing in Eugene, Oregon and I am still a member of Eugene's Cascade Brewers Society, but now I live in Brookings, Oregon, just north of the California border.  As a matter of fact, I work in California (delivering propane to residential and commercial accounts). 
 
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: boulderbrewer on November 15, 2009, 05:03:06 AM
I'm Marc,

I have  been brewing since my wife purchased a kit for me in 1996. Actually I started in 1979 with my dad, but that is another story. I have two stepsons, one is in his late twenty's and he really enjoys my home brew. The other son will always be 15 and will never have the chance to enjoy a good hombrew. We have a small hobby farm in N. Wisconsin and enjoy the cold weather. LOL I brew all grain the Cheap & Easy way. My motto is Pay It Forward or is it Cheap and Easy. ???
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: tom on November 15, 2009, 05:38:40 AM
Hi, My name is Tom. I have been homebrewing off and on since my fiancee bought me a kit years ago. She proudly presented it to me in front of my teetotalling Grandmother - had to marry her, coming up on 20 years now. My first batch was brewed on January 1, 1990. So I have to come up with a killer recipe for the 20th year of brewing. I am thinking of a doble-doble mash barleywine. My brew system is 3 converted kegs on 3 propane burners. Hopefully to be converted to natural gas soon. I love fermenting in 5 gallon cornies. I am a member of the Foam On The Range homebrew club and I am a BJCP judge.
We live in Denver (tough, I know) with a spoiled beagle. If you see a beagle at the Falling Rock Tap House you know we're there. No kids that I know of. Like to bike when not brewing. I do eye surgery to support my brewing habit.
Some of the greatest people I know are homebrewers.
P.S. I can't believe Rick has been brewing for only 4 years. He makes some killer beers.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dhacker on November 15, 2009, 01:00:26 PM
dhacker stands for Dave Hacker . . just turned a half century. I live in a podunk town in West TN. I figure I someday will get a letter in the mail telling me I’m an heir and just inherited the Hacker Pschorr Brewery in Munich. Until then I’ll keep doing what I have been for the last 30 years . . a broadcast engineer, designing, building, and maintaining a plethora of radio stations in this end of the world. Been married to my beautiful wife for 29 years and have 2 children, girl and boy 23 & 21 respectively. Brewing since 2001, AG for probably the last 6 years. Built my system and controller pretty much from scratch, and continue to refine and tweak it to this day. My other hobbies are pro sound and pyrotechnics/ professional grade fireworks. I also enjoy writing for no particular reason. I don’t feel 50 physically and from a maturity standpoint, I’d say I’m somewhere in the 11ish range. A Rottweiler and 5 cats (2 in 3 out) round out the family.

Glad to be part of this community! dh
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dbgmoi on November 15, 2009, 06:31:28 PM
I'm Dave and I'm starting my first lager (ok pilsener) in a few hours. I live in SF, CA and would love to know if there's an SF homebrew club - i read the list but its all Berkeley and elsewhere in the Bay Area.

23 and work in audio visual at the moment - using my suit and tie 9-5 to pay my way through college. About a year left and i'll be officially higher educated. I brew in the backyard in three converted kegs (HLT, tun, kettle) with one pump and a heck of a lot of QDs.

Stoked for all of the info I'm sure to get on the forum - thanks to everyone!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: troy4500 on November 15, 2009, 11:53:43 PM
Hello everyone,

My name is Troy, and I am 29 years old. I live in Stillwater MN, and have been brewing for 2 years.  Married almost 8 years, have 3 kids, 12, 6, and 4.  I have been at the same job for 15years now (more than half my life :o), I manage a bike shop (pedal not motors). 

Brewing and cycling are my main hobbies.  I also belong to the St. Croix River Valley Homebrewers club and I am an AHA member.

Nice to see alot of familar faces here.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: speed on November 16, 2009, 12:12:20 AM
hi, i'm dan my brother and i own a convenience store/repair shop in thedford nebr.i am an ASE certified mechanic and i'm 51.have been brewing for 6 years, most of them all grain.married for 32 years and have 2 kids, well they aren't kids anymore oldest is 29 and next in line is 26.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: majorvices on November 16, 2009, 01:01:10 PM
Name is Keith, I just turned 40 in Oct. and I have been brewing beer since 1996 (made some wine and other fermented oddities before that, not sure how long). I lived in PA until I was 23 but now reside in North Alabama (very close to Hunstville) in, what is for me, a hiker's paradise. I own 7 acres of mountain land but the acreage behind my house stretches on up way into Tennessee so I can literally go hiking out my back door any time I want - which for me is awesome except when I get chiggers. Chiggers suck.

I am a Graphic Designer by trade and am currently gainfully un-employed, though I am trying to start up a small business venture. I have a great wife, two very good boys (11 and 7) 2 dogs (a male Great Dane and female Mix), a truck, a motorcycle and a keggerator. What else would one need?  8)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: brewboy on November 16, 2009, 01:06:19 PM
Certainly nothing wrong with being "Gainfully" unemployed.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: majorvices on November 16, 2009, 01:24:38 PM
Certainly nothing wrong with being "Gainfully" unemployed.

I took a paid buy out to leave my job - I had worked there for 15 years and got a little over 18 months pay to quit. I am currently doing some freelance, but mostly I am doing some work around the house and spending a lot more time with my kids.

My wife is a contractor for NASA and makes decent money so we figured, what the hell. A chance like this only comes up once in a lifetime (if that) and it certainly makes life easier having someone home with the kids.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: roffenburger on November 16, 2009, 01:33:22 PM
Certainly nothing wrong with being "Gainfully" unemployed.

I took a paid buy out to leave my job - I had worked there for 15 years and got a little over 18 months pay to quit. I am currently doing some freelance, but mostly I am doing some work around the house and spending a lot more time with my kids.

My wife is a contractor for NASA and makes decent money so we figured, what the hell. A chance like this only comes up once in a lifetime (if that) and it certainly makes life easier having someone home with the kids.

Good for you man! I bet you're enjoying the time with your kids! Soak it up! I can't wait to have a couple myself.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: tubercle on November 16, 2009, 02:47:32 PM
  Name's Mark but family calls me Brother. Just turned 50 last week. Married with 2 daughters, 1 son and 3 grandsons. I grew up in a farming family in upstate SC and even though that's not how I make my living now I still enjoy dragging a plow around on occasion. To me there's not much that's more relaxing than bush hogging or cutting hay. I hated it when I "had" to do it. Go figure.

  I have more hobbies than I have time. I enjoy gardening, preserving what I grow, fishing, hunting, cooking and most evenings I can be found with an old guitar sitting on my lap. I enjoy bluegrass and go to a lot of festivals. I play OK myself, I think, and there are a couple of fiddle tunes I can just plain skin the bark off of. Doc Watson, Jack Lawrence and Steve Kaufman are my heroes.

 Reading and studying history when I have time.

  We're just kind of laid back here. The Ms. & I like to take day trips to the mountains and along the Blueridge parkway just to see what we can find. Some days consist of sitting in the shade with a few friends playing music and drinking beer while telling every lie we can think of just waiting for a big ol' pork butt to finish smoking. Exciting, Huh?

  Lynyrd Skynyrd - greatest band ever.

  I started brewing beer in 1987 with a mail order kit as a present from the Ms. and have been re-inventing the wheel every since. I was making fruit wine before then and still make a couple of wine batches a year. I only drink a bottle or two of wine myself and give the rest away as presents; I just enjoy making it.

Atlanta Braves and the Carolina Panthers.
NHRA - Warren Johnson and Angelle Sampey.
NASCAR has gone to HELL since the 3 car is not running the operation anymore. I could less anymore. COT equals WTF.

  I have been accused of concocting a tall-tale on occasion. My court appointed psychiatrist says to not let things people say bother me. ;D

  I just try to find humor in everybody and everything. It's there if you look just right.

 Tubercle - Peace out!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: denny on November 16, 2009, 04:58:14 PM
   I just try to find humor in everybody and everything. It's there if you look just right.

That's an attitude that needs to be more widely embraced.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dbeechum on November 16, 2009, 07:18:23 PM
   I just try to find humor in everybody and everything. It's there if you look just right.

That's an attitude that needs to be more widely embraced.

A-fing-men... I want to strangle the people who can't see its all just a joke!  ;D
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: deepsouth on November 16, 2009, 08:15:59 PM
@ dbeechum....

did i see you in the last zymurgy?  win an award or two?
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: dbeechum on November 16, 2009, 08:47:29 PM
@ dbeechum....
did i see you in the last zymurgy?  win an award or two?

I'm always winning awards for "Best Dressed Drew" :)

Nah, I wrote the Dark Lager article in this last Zymurgy.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: deepsouth on November 16, 2009, 08:55:48 PM
@ dbeechum....
did i see you in the last zymurgy?  win an award or two?

I'm always winning awards for "Best Dressed Drew" :)

Nah, I wrote the Dark Lager article in this last Zymurgy.


gotcha.  knew the name was familiar.  greetz!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: weazletoe on November 16, 2009, 09:06:40 PM
   I just try to find humor in everybody and everything. It's there if you look just right.

That's an attitude that needs to be more widely embraced.

You both rock!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: rabid_dingo on November 17, 2009, 03:42:56 AM
    I just try to find humor in everybody and everything. It's there if you look just right.

That's an attitude that needs to be more widely embraced.

And people give me a hard time for reading and laughing at the Sunday Comics...I have laugh induced asthma.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: central_wa_brewing on November 17, 2009, 06:56:23 AM
Sometimes my name is Jack@ss or whatever comes quickly out of peoples mouths when they have to scream through frustration :D
Not married(yet) but engaged to a wonderful woman who lets my "geek out" at times when it comes to beer.  Have one son who is 5 (Jack Russell Terrier).
I work for the government pushing billions of gallons of jet fuel and am a Certified Flight Instructor.
Been brewing now for over ten years.  I have a sick obsession with hops but I don't mind it.  ;D
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: uthristy on November 17, 2009, 08:41:29 PM
age:43
sex:male
married
job: adult entertainment
hobbies: beer travel
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: slimsparty on November 17, 2009, 09:51:47 PM
Hello Dere...

Sales-Currently Telco Loves to network since i have sold a bit of everything.

Male, Married
Wheaton, IL after 15 years of urban debachery
2 kids 3 and 5 months
Brewing 15 months, All Grain for about 9 months

10 Gallon System with Keggle HLT and BK. 
Next Upgrades Kegging (or bust!) beer stand

Other hobbies:  Cubs, MSU Football and Basketball, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Camping, Home Improvement, Jerry Rigging.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: darkerpower on November 18, 2009, 08:01:21 PM
Paul, unmarried but I have a girlfriend, 24.  I've been brewing for almost 3 years now and see no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  Currently finishing my molecular and cellular bio degree, then its back to the workforce for me. 

Kegging was the best money I ever spent, although i'm bottling tonight. 

My friends refer to me as "the beer baron" as a reference to the simpsons episode "Homer vs. the 18th amendment".  For those of you who aren't simpsons nerds like I am, prohibition occurs in springfield and homer begins a profitable business of making his own booze. 

Most importantly i use a blue cooler. 
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: denny on November 18, 2009, 08:12:15 PM
Most importantly i use a blue cooler. 

It's good to know you;re making spectacular beer.  Blue coolers have been known to give 137% efficiency.  ;)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: Robert on November 18, 2009, 08:30:52 PM
...For those of you who aren't simpsons nerds like I am...


There's such people in the world?!?

I like the Tomacco episode as well as the Flaming Moe's one since we're on the topic of booze and Simpsons.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: darkerpower on November 18, 2009, 08:38:42 PM


It's good to know you;re making spectacular beer.  Blue coolers have been known to give 137% efficiency.  ;)

Denny, your vbip has turned all my friends into beer ninjas.  I had 5 messages this week asking when I was brewing it again!  
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: denny on November 18, 2009, 08:49:46 PM
Cool!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: deepsouth on November 18, 2009, 09:17:35 PM
39, married with a four year old and one on the way.
i've been brewing for less than a year, but have been into craft beer since the mid 90's.
i work in insurance and dabble in investment property on the side.

currently brewing extract, but i'm about to switch to all grain for the cost savings and the extra control over the finished product.

peace
j
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: slimsparty on November 18, 2009, 09:26:38 PM
Naturally, my MT is Blue as well.  i have heard any other color causes stuck fermentation. :P
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: brewboy on November 18, 2009, 09:54:18 PM
I painted mine red and my efficiency jumped 10 points.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: redbrew on November 19, 2009, 03:03:58 PM
My name is Dale Randolph and I have been homebrewing for about 7 years. I was active duty USAF for 10 years and went to work for McDonnel Douglas in Saudi Arabia in 1993. Have been working as a contractor for the USAF at Bagram since 2008. Have a son who is 21 and USAF, stationed in Arizona and twin daughters 14. Been married to third  wife 15 months. Other hobbies include golf and restoring musclecars when I get a chance. FWIW......I used to drive truck for Coors distributing out of Spokane Washington before I got hired by Mac.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: weazletoe on November 20, 2009, 12:48:16 AM
Most importantly i use a blue cooler. 

It's good to know you;re making spectacular beer.  Blue coolers have been known to give 137% efficiency.  ;)

I still remember the day I discovered that. I can make a batch of Imperial Porter for under 5$ with numbers such as these. (You have to boil in SS to get proper hop utilization though. It's a little kept secret, you can 25 IBU from one hop pellet, in you use SS)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: Push Eject on November 20, 2009, 03:40:52 AM
Most importantly i use a blue cooler. 

It's good to know you;re making spectacular beer.  Blue coolers have been known to give 137% efficiency.  ;)

I still remember the day I discovered that. I can make a batch of Imperial Porter for under 5$ with numbers such as these. (You have to boil in SS to get proper hop utilization though. It's a little kept secret, you can 25 IBU from one hop pellet, in you use SS)

It's this kind of misinformation that will drive people away from this forum, guys. Seriously!

Everyone knows it takes at least 2 hop pellets in Stainless Steel.  One is for aluminum.

Push E.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: weazletoe on November 20, 2009, 04:14:56 AM
Spoken like a try fly sparger.  ::)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: skyler on November 21, 2009, 07:25:10 PM
That's me and swmbo. We're at a cool, but overpriced beer bar in Portland called the Green Dragon (now owned by Rogue).

(http://i353.photobucket.com/albums/r379/skylercampbell/n26205827_31068119_6306.jpg)

Further information about me: I'm half-Persian, which might make me the only middle-eastern person on this forum (the most common Persian fermented beverage is salty carbonated yogurt  ???). I grew up in the easy bay area (near Oakland and Berkeley) and I am in my third and final year of law school in Portland, OR. I plan on moving back to the bay area in June, and maybe New York after that (taking both the NY and CA bar exams). I have spent considerable time in Europe, both traveling and studying abroad. I spent 7 months in Nice, France; 4 months in London; 3 months in Siena, Italy; and 3 months in Santander, Spain. I have been to Europe 14 times and hope to some day move there permanently (perhaps doing estate planning work for an American expatriate community).

My favorite beers are Dubbels, Tripels, Big Dark Belgians, and English/American pale ales and IPA's - particularly those on the darker side of the style. I tend to brew a lot of just about every style of ale (SWMBO loves dark English ales), making about every fourth batch an "experiment" of some kind.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: capozzoli on November 21, 2009, 07:54:31 PM
Hey Skyler, do you know more of Persian cooking?

Persian cooking is indeed wonderful.

They would never use a crock pot in Persian cooking.

Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: toddster on November 21, 2009, 08:35:54 PM
Todd here and I will be sacrificing a virgin blue cooler soon to the brewing gods. I think it will be a cream ale. Have three children 18, 17 and 12. The 12 wants to inherit the brewing empire and is currently the head bottler. Currently working to many hours and it is cutting into my brewing.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: denny on November 21, 2009, 08:39:04 PM
Todd, it sucks when real life interferes with beer!
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: skyler on November 22, 2009, 12:43:56 AM
Hey Skyler, do you know more of Persian cooking?

I can make really good kashk eh bademjoon (fried eggplant with tangy yogurt sauce), and I know how to make kebab, but that's about it. Khoreshes (Persian stews), which are the highest culinary art in Persian cuisine, are very time-consuming and I have never attempted to make any.
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Post by: capozzoli on November 22, 2009, 03:13:58 AM
Sounds awesome. Maybe you wouldn't mind posting in the cooking section.

I have been researching Uzbek food lately. I know that is Turkic in origin but seems like there are a lot of Persian influences in that cooking.

I really love the Persian rice dishes, with he use of dried fruits and stuff.

Well anyways, good have ya on the forum.
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Post by: richt on November 23, 2009, 05:12:54 PM
Name's Rich, I live in Rochester, MN.  I'm 31, married for 7 years to my best friend, dad to 4.5 and 1.5 year old boys, master of a black lab named Porter, got a cat, 2 turtles and some fish.  I teach US History and World Geography to 7th and 8th graders, which is why I drink.  In my free time I'm outside hiking and walking, canoeing, fishing, camping, backpacking, messing around, and growing vegetables and hops.

I've been brewing 7 years thanks to a starter kit as a wedding gift, the last 3 years I've been much more serious about it, upgrading to 10 gallon batches and bumping against the legal limit.  Started kegging over a year ago, finally went ag 3 batches ago.  Entered my first comp at the end of the summer and got a 2nd, so I'm starting to think about entering some more.  I help run my local club too (link is in my sig).
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: blatz on November 23, 2009, 05:33:32 PM
master of a black lab named Porter

black labs named Porter are the best  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: Kaiser on November 23, 2009, 07:29:07 PM
My real name is Kai Troester and I like yellow beer ;)

I’m an 34 year old “off the boat” German living in Massachusetts. I’m married and have 2 kids. One is 5 and the other one is 3. They are a lot of work and a lot of joy at the same time.

To make money I design micro processors at a large chip company (no, not that one, the other one: AMD) although I love my job I like to balance that with a more hands-on hobby.

I started brewing in 2005 after seeing Alton Brown’s good Eats show. Needless to say I quickly became hooked and started to see brewing as a way to connect with my German heritage. Having always had a geeky nature I quickly discovered the scientific and technical part. Despite what you may think, I’m actually a fairly relaxed brewer. Mostly because I think I figured out how to control my beer and not the other way around. But there are still occasions where the beer sets the schedule but I’m working on minimizing them.

When I came here first, my friends felt that Kai is to short of a name and it must be short for Kaiser, hence screen name that I use in brewing related forums.

Kai
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: beerocd on November 23, 2009, 09:25:28 PM
Hey Skyler, do you know more of Persian cooking?

Persian cooking is indeed wonderful.

They would never use a crock pot in Persian cooking.



http://www.ifood.tv/network/iranian_crock_pot/recipes (http://www.ifood.tv/network/iranian_crock_pot/recipes)  ::)

It was probably electric stove tops you were thinking of.

-OCD
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Post by: weazletoe on November 23, 2009, 11:35:09 PM
got a cat, 2 turtles and some fish.



I like turtles.
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Post by: wilypig on November 24, 2009, 03:48:21 PM
Ric Cunningham here. Currently live in Niagara Falls NY. I have been here for 8 years, a really long time when you hear the I have relocated 35 times in my 43 years on this planet. Army brat then Navy for 13 years. Currently employed as a field service rep for a Pharmaceutical equipment manufacturing company. I travel the globe for work but I really am looking for the best hand crafted beverages around. I am married (20 years) with 2 kids; 16 and 18. One dog, 2 birds and several billion yeasty beasties. I have been brewing since 1996. Went AG in 2003. I have brewed almost all the BJCP ale styles. I can do several styles blindfolded (no hydrometer or thermometer), with one hand tied behind my back. I brew with a blue cooler, copper manifold mash tun and a modified Firestone keg. I am BJCP certified and a past competition organizer for Amber Waves of Grain, Western New York Homebrew competition. I have numerous awards in my collection including two 1st BOS and one 2nd BOS. I have a strong interest in historical brewing, ingredients, equipment, processes and such. I make beer, mead, cider and wine. I keg most beers for service but I bottle certain styles for long storage or gift giving. My favorite brewing gadgets are my Hopstopper and my Beer gun. I am somewhat of a fixture in the Niagara region for beer demonstrations and classes. Favorite quote "if you can make macaroni and cheese from a box, you can make great beer" - Me.
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Post by: stevej on November 24, 2009, 09:01:22 PM
Damn ... after reading every post in the 6 pages of this thread I thought I'd see someone older than me. No such luck.

Steve
The body is 60 and is starting to feel it, but the mind is maybe mid-30s or so
Married 33 years to my best friend
2 kids 31 and 28 (and raising the 7 and 10 yr old daughters of my oldest ... don't ask)
systems analyst in IT organization of a specialty chemical company in East Tennessee

brewing since 95, all grain since 97
2-tier sanke keg setup for 11 years, recently sold and built 5 gallon brewladder system (BLUE COOLER HLT & BLUE COOLER MASH TUN!!!), 10 g SS pot, modified stepladder for gravity brewing at campouts. 20 corny kegs, 10+ carboys, homebuilt walk-in cooler.

13 yr member, past 5 time president, webmaster, competition director of the State of Franklin Homebrewers in East Tennessee
former aha board of advisors (now governing committee) member
former aha homebrewer of the year (sheer luck, tho I have made a few good beers)
bjcp judge

Grew up in Michigan, spent some time in the Navy during Vietnam, then spent a couple of years logging about 15,000 miles on my thumb seeing the interior of this great country. Many different jobs ... tv/radio technician, bar equip service, postal worker, taxi driver, machinist, forklift operator, construction worker, cabinetmaker/furniture maker, pipe organ builder, then college at 39 to become a computer geek.
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Post by: dhacker on November 24, 2009, 09:10:55 PM
You forgot to mention ABC guru . .  :D
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Post by: stevej on November 24, 2009, 09:21:40 PM
On the contrary hack ... still a beginner with ABC. 3 batches of my own, and sampling maybe 10 others is just the beginning. I saw you were getting ready to do a couple more batches ... I'm doing one next week.
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Post by: KING__SIZE on November 25, 2009, 11:50:12 PM
Too Much Coffee Man!! Nice.
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Post by: Dbbrewing on November 28, 2009, 08:54:16 PM
Hi my name is Dave and am a CNC machine operator and been married for 17 years. I have been brewing for 4 years and been all grain brewing for 3 years now. I use a blue cooler and 15 gallon keggles on my 3 tier system, so I can do 10 gallon batches. I joined a homebrew club last March (http://thebeerbunker.com/mash) and have learned alot since joining.
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Post by: weazletoe on November 29, 2009, 05:21:35 AM
CNC, eh? What do you do with it? Router, machine, plasma / laser cut? I dable in the art as well. Plasma cut, with a table from Advance Cutting, and a Hypertherm torch. We can burn sheets of steel as big as  5x10 foot, up to 5/8 thick. Fun stuff.  ;D
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Post by: chauncey on November 29, 2009, 05:32:31 PM
Buncha kids – OK I’m just jealous.
I’m Gary (my grandfather was Chauncey), and I just turned 68. I’m still gainfully employed as a software engineer in the computer industry (non-stop since 1960), but that’s just because I didn’t plan well for the future. And who knew I’d still be alive after all the alcohol I’ve consumed. I began brewing in 1984, and with some breaks in between, still making the good stuff.
Two kids 44 (today) and 40, both grown and gone. No grandkids.
My other passion is music. Started on piano very early and worked my way through accordion (no laughs), guitar, flute, bass, electric guitar, various bagpipes and whistles, violin and now cello. Musical tastes are pretty much anything but rap and hip hop.
Favorite guitarist is Joe Bonamassa – been a member of his street team since day one. Favorite violinist is Gil Shaham.  Bapipes and flutes: Davy Spillane. Cello: Yo-Yo Ma and the band Apocalyptica.
There you have it. Anyone else telling the story would likely point out that I appear to be a hopeless drunk, but it seems to play well on me.
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Post by: weazletoe on November 29, 2009, 05:43:25 PM
They didn't have computer software in 1960!!!!


    Cool book BTW!!!  :D
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Post by: chauncey on November 29, 2009, 06:03:22 PM
They didn't have computer software in 1960!!!!


    Cool book BTW!!!  :D
Yes they did. I wrote my first program in 1956 on the Burroughs E-101. Glad you like the book.
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Post by: capozzoli on November 29, 2009, 06:48:45 PM
Come on. Rap aint all that bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpaonSDPw7Y

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Post by: chauncey on November 29, 2009, 07:27:42 PM
I rest my case.
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Post by: tfries on November 30, 2009, 03:17:32 AM
So I just finish reading through all the pages of this post.  There is quite a diverse group here.  It was quite interesting to read about everyone's live adventures.

My name is Tom.  I have been with my wife Teri for 10 years.  We are both 51.  We met while we were both members of a homebrew club in San Jose.  Between us, we have 4 children and 3 grandsons. We moved to Oregon four years ago and are in the country about 16 miles outside of Eugene.  Being in the heart of the Willamette Valley AVA with lots of vineyards around us, we planted a small 320 vine vineyard two years ago.  This next year should be our first harvest.

Next year I will be celebrating my 30th year of homebrewing!  I started in 1980 with extract brewing.  By 1984 I had moved to all grain brewing.  I don't know how many batches I have brewed as I never kept records of the brews up until the time that I joined a homebrew club in 1997.  My estimate is somewhere at 300 batches.

Over the years we have collected enough pieces of brewing equipment that we can brew 2 batches of beer in parallel.  On most brewdays, I will brew one batch and my wife will brew another other.  She has really come along over the years and has become quite a good brewer.  She has been doing about 7 batches a year.  Early next year, she and another lady will be doing a Teach a Girl to Brew day in Eugene.

My other hobbies are coffee roasting, meat curing and smoking, cheese making, and wine making.

Cheers,
Tom

Edit:  I forgot to add for my day job, I design (Electrical Engineer)  In-flight Entertainment equipment for business class jets, things like monitors, dvd players, moving maps.

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Post by: traveler744 on November 30, 2009, 03:57:12 AM
Hi all! 
 Joined today. Live in Utah. Heavy earthmover equipment repair shop foreman. 56,  I own two motorcycles that is my "nerve medicine" in good weather. ;)
 Only been brewing since 04. Am kegging.   Just did my first all grain 10 days ago. It's in a carboy ageing now. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
 I have a 10 gallon converted cooler mash tun. 12 gallon copper brew kettle. (old candy kettle) That I heat with natural gas in my unattached shop/garage.
 I have done maybe 40 batches of extract, partial mash brews. Decided it's time to learn more about the craft. I have several carboys of wine, ageing now too. Some apple that is 5 weeks old now, in secondary.  Strawberry in primary as of this morning. And same blackberries in my deep freeze to get going soon.  A new conical fermenter is in route from supplier. Can't wait to get that going. Hope to learn to harvest yeast and not have to rack to secondary. I am here to learn. And maybe contribute a little as we go along.
 My friends call me Chuck.
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Post by: weazletoe on December 01, 2009, 09:28:28 PM
  What part of Utah you live in? I will be liing near there soon, and need o find a good LHBS.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: traveler744 on December 02, 2009, 12:50:55 AM
I'm in Rural northeastern Utah.   120 miles east of Salt Lake City, on US 40.      What brings you to Utah?     I'm a native born, Utahn. 
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Post by: weazletoe on December 02, 2009, 02:25:23 AM
I'll actually be living in Pocatello, Idaho. Wife is from there.
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Post by: BrewingRover on December 03, 2009, 01:07:32 AM
I'm in Rural northeastern Utah.   120 miles east of Salt Lake City, on US 40.      What brings you to Utah?     I'm a native born, Utahn. 
Vernal -- Duchesne area, eh? My great-grandparents lived out there in the 1920s before heading back to Cedar Fort. I suspect there's no brew shops out there.

The Beer Nut in SLC is supposed to be good Weaz. I had a few friends that brewed back in the early 90's when I lived there and they got all their stuff there.
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Post by: pinnah on December 03, 2009, 02:06:31 AM
  I will be liing near there soon, and need o find a good LHBS.

 :o Distances ar a bit more formidable out here :D  <---Since I can't use winking face here, I will use cheesy............um yea :D



You could make a run for the border
and hit up Richmond, just south of Franklin.

You know, that guy with the "DOMESTIC ZYMURGYLOGICAL PARAPHENALIA" (http://www.dzyp.com/)


Usually folks are going the other direction
looking for beer.
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Post by: weazletoe on December 03, 2009, 03:41:35 AM
Looks like a pretty sweet place. I could even put my hops in the home made handbags.  ;D
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Post by: traveler744 on December 04, 2009, 12:41:29 AM
Hi Brewing Rover. Yes, Beer nut is ok if I have another reason to go to the big city, I buy from them.     
 It's cheaper, and easier to online order from Northern, or Midwest. I do have trouble with yeast shipped in the summer.  You seem to know the area. There are no brew stores close to me here in Duchesne.
Where do you call home?

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Post by: BrewingRover on December 04, 2009, 02:43:41 AM
Hi Brewing Rover. Yes, Beer nut is ok if I have another reason to go to the big city, I buy from them.     
 It's cheaper, and easier to online order from Northern, or Midwest. I do have trouble with yeast shipped in the summer.  You seem to know the area. There are no brew stores close to me here in Duchesne.
Where do you call home?



I'm near Chicago now but I grew up in Orem and lived in Salt Lake for 15 years before heading elsewhere. I used to fish with my grandfather on the Ute reservation and at Strawberry.
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Post by: summy on December 05, 2009, 08:24:34 PM
I'm Bryan, age 41.  I live in Roanoke, VA with my wife and 2 kids.  My wife and I are both elementary school teachers here in the city, which means I have lots of time in the summer to brew :P  I have been brewing for about 6 years, all grain for the last 5.  I brew on a Brew Sculpture from Beer Beer and More Beer.  I have been the treasurer, then VP, then Prez. of our local brew club the Star City Brewers Guild.  I was also BOY 2 years consecutively before becoming Prez and ruining the quality of my beer ;).  Lastly, I spend way too much time on forums like this one reading about all things beer.
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Post by: wzl46 on December 08, 2009, 02:43:26 PM
Paul Wetzel, 38, CH-47F pilot in the US Army.  First batches were extract brews in 1998 when I lived in Lake Charles, LA where "good" beer was Miller Lite.  Moved to Vegas in 99 where there was good beer, so no need to brew anything.  I caught the bug again 2 years ago during my previous deployment to Afghanistan, and brewed close to 120 gallons in the year I was home.  This deployment should end in a couple months or so, and I have lots of plans for lots of brews.

Tomorrow will be 19 years since my first skydive, which I did professionally for a year and a half during my break in military service.  I'm up to 3500 jumps, 2200 of which have been as a tandem instructor. 

Currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.  4 1/2 years until I can retire and live off my pension and my awesome physical therapist wife's paychecks.  Such lofty goals, I know.

I mountain bike and geocache for fun.

That's all I have to say about that.
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Post by: denny on December 08, 2009, 04:44:01 PM
Welcome, Paul!  Thank you for your service and stay safe!
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Post by: bluesman on December 08, 2009, 05:22:04 PM
Hi folks,

Ron, 44 from Dover, DE.

I started brewing extract in 1993 and went all-grain several years ago.

I am the Quality Control Group Leader at the worlds leading manufacturer of Thermal Analysis and Rheology Instruments by day and the bass player and manager for the Tri-state areas most prominent Rockin' blues band "Dr. Harmonica and Rockett 88" by night.

I have been married to my lovely wife Rosemary for 4 years. I have two somewhat grown daughters, two beautiful dogs and two frisky felines.

My other hobbies include RVing, cooking and spending way too much time on brew forums.  ;D
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Post by: weazletoe on December 09, 2009, 02:51:19 AM
I am the Quality Control Group Leader at the worlds leading manufacturer of Thermal Analysis and Rheology Instruments


  I bought a new Thermal Analysis meter the other day. The first time I analyzed some thermals, the dang probe fell off. Looks like you may have been asleep at the wheel!
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Post by: central_wa_brewing on December 09, 2009, 06:01:00 AM
Paul Wetzel, 38, CH-47F pilot.
Love those Chinooks.  You run JP-8?  Be safe over there and keep the shiny side up.....
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Post by: bluesman on December 09, 2009, 11:46:34 AM
I am the Quality Control Group Leader at the worlds leading manufacturer of Thermal Analysis and Rheology Instruments


  I bought a new Thermal Analysis meter the other day. The first time I analyzed some thermals, the dang probe fell off. Looks like you may have been asleep at the wheel!

If your instrument looks like this then yes, we must have fell asleep at the wheel.  ;)

(http://www.tainstruments.com/images/dbImages/products/RCS90%202000%20wt.jpg)
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Post by: ndcube on December 09, 2009, 01:11:29 PM
I am the Quality Control Group Leader at the worlds leading manufacturer of Thermal Analysis and Rheology Instruments


  I bought a new Thermal Analysis meter the other day. The first time I analyzed some thermals, the dang probe fell off. Looks like you may have been asleep at the wheel!

If your instrument looks like this then yes, we must have fell asleep at the wheel.  ;)

(http://www.tainstruments.com/images/dbImages/products/RCS90%202000%20wt.jpg)

Maybe Im not looking hard enough but I don't see a probe anywhere on it.   ;D
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Post by: bluesman on December 09, 2009, 02:01:28 PM
I am the Quality Control Group Leader at the worlds leading manufacturer of Thermal Analysis and Rheology Instruments


  I bought a new Thermal Analysis meter the other day. The first time I analyzed some thermals, the dang probe fell off. Looks like you may have been asleep at the wheel!

If your instrument looks like this then yes, we must have fell asleep at the wheel.  ;)

(http://www.tainstruments.com/images/dbImages/products/RCS90%202000%20wt.jpg)

Maybe Im not looking hard enough but I don't see a probe anywhere on it.   ;D

BINGO!  ;D
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Post by: nicneufeld on December 09, 2009, 02:17:14 PM
A pair of Chinooks flew over my house a while back while I was mowing...the sound was so gloriously thunderous I couldn't help but feel a twinge of what I imagine would be an almost crippling fear it would strike in the heart of those on the receiving end.

That said, I'm still rooting for the midshipmen on Saturday.    ;D
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Post by: Robert on December 09, 2009, 02:40:56 PM
Without fear of admitting the color of my neck, the pace car for the November NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway was delivered by a Chinook. Landed right on the front stretch and the car drove out the bay door. Got chills. Freakin awesome!
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Post by: denny on December 09, 2009, 04:41:12 PM
I could care less about NASCAR, but that sounds totally cool!
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Post by: karlh on December 09, 2009, 07:55:24 PM
I've been brewing since 2000, so almost ten years... just as long as I've been married.  I'm  44 with a boy (8) girl (5) and dog named spike (5).  I currently work as a chemist for a technology company in the greater Chicago area and was previously a biology professor, food scientist, pharmeceutical chemist, and archaeologist (really). 

I have a 3 tier 10 gallon system made almost entirely out of cast offs and give-aways, and an orange mash tun, but have been using my stainless mash tun for the last few batches.  I brew outdoors, so it may be back to the orange one going into winter.  The last couple of years I have been experimenting with barrel aging, and I currently have 3-10gallon and 1-15 gallon oak barrels (although they were all bargains, with my total investment fairly small). 
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Post by: ndcube on December 09, 2009, 08:18:55 PM
Without fear of admitting the color of my neck,

Man, that took me a few seconds.  ;D  ???
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Post by: benjammin on December 09, 2009, 09:52:28 PM
My name is Ben and I've just started extract brewing. I only have two 5-gallon batches under my belt but I have a new found passion that is starting to take over all my spare time (which doesn't bother me one bit). I plan on going all grain in about a year or so, I still need to get my feet wet and learn more about the basic principles of brewing. I just turned 26 and work as a brick and stone mason in western New York. I'm married with an 11 month old son who will eventually become my brewing apprentice. I have the feeling that this will be a great place for me to learn and interact with other home brewers.
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Post by: Podo on December 10, 2009, 03:02:39 AM
My name's Dave.  I'm 41, been brewing off and on for about 8 years.  I'm in the USAF, so my brewing gets interrupted by change of station or deployments, but otherwise I brew about once month/6 weeks.  I got into homebrewing after my mother-in-law bought me a kit for Christmas.  This has turned out to be extremely useful, because I remind my wife that it's her mom's fault every time I get a "comment" about brewing beer.

I have two kids (a boy 5 and a girl 19 months) and a wife which dominate my weekend time, plus having that much more homebrew would make me fat.  I brewed extract only the first four years I brewed, then switched to partial mash for 3 years, and last year I started all-grain brewing.  Since I partial-mashed for so long, I thought going AG would be easy, but I have learned over the last couple three batches that you have to be more precise.  I like all kinds of beer, but since I brew fairly infrequently I usually stick to IPA and pale ale.

I grew up in South Jersey and currently live in the opposite of New Jersey, which is Idaho.  Philadelphia Eagles are my team.  Besides brewing beer, i like to cook, snow ski, and play golf.
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Post by: mainebrewer on December 15, 2009, 05:17:55 PM
Name's Harold, live in central Maine and have been brewing since Jan 2002.
Was an extract/steeping grains brewer for the first six years and started doing all grain a year ago.
Other hobbies include hunting, fishing, x-country skiing, motorcycles and photography.
I got into homebrewing when my youngest daughter bought a TrueBrew homebrewing kit for me for Christmas. I remember tearing the paper off the box and thinking to myself "What the hell am I going to do with this?" since homebrewing had never crossed my mind.
Best thing that happened to my brewing is when my wife told me to get out of the kitchen and gave me permission to set up a brewing area in the cellar!
I've been married for 40 years, have two daughters who are both out of the house and off my payroll.
I've been working in the social services field for 39 years, in administration for the past 33 years. Expect to retire in about 4 years!
I've put membership in the Association on my Christmas list but if it doesn't show up in my stocking, I'll do it myself.
I've been on the B3 board for about 5 years as Maineac.
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Post by: bendbrew on May 01, 2010, 11:15:37 PM
Just found this topic-

I agree, this is a great and helpful community.  I have recently put together my all grain equipment and will be doing my first all grain batch in two weeks-thanks to everyone's advice.

Info-45 yo, married to a Brit with a 14 yo daughter.  In 1990 in between years of grad school, I was looking to spend the summer with my wife in England as she completed her education.  I was hired to work in a pub in England.  I was able to live in the pub without charge, have free beer, food and 50 pounds a week.  I was responsible for signing for the beer delivery and rotating the cask ales (as well as tending pub four nights a week).  It was also the summer of the World Cup.  Now that's an experience.

I began extract brewing when I moved from New England to AZ in '94.  I stopped in about '98.  We moved to Bend, OR.  I went to the Little Woody Festiva (http://www.thelittlewoody.com/) l in September of 2009 and was inspired to go back to brewing.  My local homebrew supply shop and club have been a great asset.  So with all their, and your, support I am about to dive into all grain. 

I work as a Hospice Social Worker here in Central Oregon and am incredibly impressed by the availability of craft beer and homebrewing advice...

A big shout out to my local shop-The Home Brew Shop http://www.homesuds.com/

Bill
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Post by: The Professor on May 02, 2010, 01:23:09 AM
I'm Al...and I'm a home brewer.

I started brewing in summer of 1971 during the college years  and have pretty much continued since then, most especially after moving to all grain in the mid 1980's.  I've been in show-bizzz  throughout all of my adolescence and adult life, working variously as an actor, a voiceover guy, a puppeteer/puppetmaker, a standup comic, and a musician/composer. 

Oh...And very briefly, as a pizza chef.   
(In other words, anything for a buck...ya does what ya gots to do...)
 
I've always been a fan of good beer and have always sought it out, right from the beginning (the first sixpacks I bought for myself 42 or 43 years ago were  a bock beer and an IPA). 
And although I came to the forums rather late, I've enjoyed them a great deal and am delighted to still be picking up little gems of information to make brewing better and easier.   
You really never stop learning.

My favorite beers are on exact opposite ends of the flavor spectrum:   IPA and Wee Heavy.
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Post by: mnstorm99 on May 02, 2010, 11:40:12 AM
Matt from Minneapolis here, 35/married with my first child (Madeline) just being born about three weeks ago.  I'm a small wholesale business owner and have lived in the twin cities my whole life.  For about three years befor it happened I would tell my wife "I need a hobby" since she was in school, and I needed something to pass some time.  Her mom's fiancee had started brewing about a year earlier, and decided to give me a Mr. Beer for Christmas that year (2006).  I brewed four batches on the MB system, ranging from bad to worse and he (mom's fiancee) had moved into larger better batches by now, so I decide to get the old Ale Pale setup.  With the more traditional setup I brewed three more extract batches and three partial mashes before venturing into all grain.  My first all grain beer was a New Glarus Spotted Cow clone that I gave the recipe to be filled (and crushed) at my LHBS (Midwest), I am thinking that he replaced the flaked barley with roasted barley and the beer that came out of the fermenter wass much darker, but still damn tasty.  Fast forward to now I am brewing batch #59 today after brewing for three and a half years and two drain pours later, I'm making simple and damn good beers.

Oh...and I did do an experimental All Grain batch of a Chocolate Cayenne Stout with my Mr. Beer system just to prove I could, my only regret with that experiment is that there wasn't enough of it :)
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Post by: speed on May 02, 2010, 03:00:13 PM
that sounds like an interesting beer, do you still have the recipe for it?
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Post by: boulderbrewer on May 03, 2010, 03:31:39 AM
Better late than never Professor!

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Post by: loopy on May 04, 2010, 02:04:23 AM
I brewed again this past weekend, did a 10 gallon batch of bavarian hefe.  was really nice to go through the process again, hit target OG on the dot. 

I have not brewed since October last year, and it had been a while since before that.  I'm thinking I might do a belgium triple next month.  humm, maybe.  why the hell not? 

been hell at work.  good lord I hope we get that damn well capped soon.  anyway, glad to see so many familiar faces. 
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Post by: andrew on May 04, 2010, 04:42:50 AM
Hello, I'm Andy, 32, and well I have been reading the forum for a while, so I guess I'll contribute…

Me and a few buddies home brewed a few times in college around 2002-2003, but have only seriously been at it for a couple years, although my adult beverage making really goes back to high school where I did make about 15 gallons of wine from wild grapes growing near my parents’ place.  ::)     I grew up in the marsh of SW Louisiana on the gulf south of Lake Charles, went to college in Monroe, LA, moved up to Duluth, MN, and I am currently in South Florida where I work at the National Weather Service in Miami. I am married (5yrs) and have a 2 yr old very active son along with 2 cats and a siberian husky. My brewing partner is my wife who likes to make oatmeal stouts and ipas, and I can’t blame her. I also only have 7 ag brews under my belt, and I’m sorry, my cooler is not blue.
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Post by: mnstorm99 on May 06, 2010, 11:55:51 AM
that sounds like an interesting beer, do you still have the recipe for it?

Who? Me?

If your talking about the Chocolate Cayenne Stout, I could probably dig the recipe up, I think I may have put it on Tasty Brew, but there are a couple of changes I would make.
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Post by: nicneufeld on May 06, 2010, 01:24:36 PM
Bugger, I guess its time I got around to posting!  I've read through this whole post on two occasions with the express purpose of figuring out if I've posted something heretofore.

Name's Nic as one might be led to believe, 28, been married about 8 years, have a sweet (and somewhat crazy) almost-two-year-old daughter.  I work as an IT jack-of-all-trades for a small manufacturing company in Kansas City.  Do a lot of work with USB camera development, which is rather fun.  Originally hail from Pasadena, CA, and half of my wife's and half of my family are still moored out there, so we enjoy visiting every other year or so. 

Hobbies include brewing...in that respect I was heavily influenced by Charlie Papazian, whose books were the first ones I read on homebrewing, and thus I am much more an experimental homebrewer that tries really weird ideas like wheat beer/cider hybrids, fortified meads, smoked beers of all kinds, and basically anything weird and strange interests me.  Some have been great, some have been learning experiences!  Also cooking is a big hobby, and I haunt the cooking boards here.  I used to enjoy shooting and gunsmithing related stuff a bit, haven't done much in the past few years thanks to cost of the hobby. 

Music would be the other hobby...mostly working as a bassist (in between gigs at the moment, outside of a weekly church gig) and prefer jazz/funk/r&b, but have played gone back and forth between guitar and bass as my primary instrument, depending on what's needed when.  Have built a half-dozen guitars and basses for myself and others, but that's another hobby that's gone by the wayside due to expense! 

Lastly, am a committed Anglophile who reluctantly admits that, had I been born 250 years ago, I might very well have been counted among the Loyalists on this side of the pond, though with the blessings of hindsight I'm rather pleased to be born here rather than there! Great fan of Python, Douglas Adams, and particularly P.G. Wodehouse, and the various works of Fry and Laurie (including the Blackadder series) still amuse me.  Throw W.C. Fields movies in there as well, something I inherited from my father's family.
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Post by: capozzoli on May 06, 2010, 09:42:25 PM
Wow, you would love working with us nic.

The last Fri, of every month is English accent day. We talk only with English accents. Freaks out (and no doubt annoys) customers . We have a lot of fun.

More tea vicar?
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Post by: brew-witch on May 07, 2010, 12:15:33 PM
Hi all!  I've only just started my homebrewing journey, and found this site... have wanted to do it for years, but work and family commitments put it on the back burner for too many years.  Now that's over, it's time to start living again so to speak.  Name, rank, and serial number?  I'll stick to brew-witch out here, divorced with awesome twin sons (who I love dearly but am glad don't live with me now that they're teenagers!), and we'll just say that I'm old enough to know better but still young enough to do it anyway  ;)

Not new to the fine art of craft beer, I typically go for stouts and porters, but a really nice, hoppy IPA will catch my attention.  Being an herbalist, I do "brew" other things so I'm excited about eventually getting into partials and maybe AG.  Hobbies? Watching hockey and baseball, beer and wine tasting (ok, so, not so much tasting as drinking), and it's all about being outdoors (year-round hiking, kayaking, camping).  Seeking out brew pubs and good BBQ is another favorite past time. And I teach holistic health stuff, which I love, so it's not really work. (yes, beer and BBQ are good for you, trust me, I'm a professional)

Being one of probably only a few females in this "boys club", I should let you know that I don't offend easily... so let it rip!

That's all I can think of for now.  Wanna know more, just ask...if the voices deem you worthy they may answer.
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Post by: nicneufeld on May 07, 2010, 02:18:42 PM
Wow, you would love working with us nic.

The last Fri, of every month is English accent day. We talk only with English accents. Freaks out (and no doubt annoys) customers . We have a lot of fun.

More tea vicar?

Actually have pretty good standard British...there was a moment of realization at one point that I didn't have to do a high-pitched put upon voice to do an accent, and I could just speak normally with an accent...improved all my accents.  I'm still rough on north country british, and welsh...welsh is tricky.  I don't really attempt Scottish because modern Scottish is much subtler than our "Groundskeeper Willie" stereotype.  The sort of modern mockney as modelled by Jamie Oliver (and Ricky Gervais in David Brent character) is ear-gratingly bad though and I leave that alone.

I am a bit of an accent chameleon though, to my detriment.  When I did tech support I occasionally would be talking to a Brit, and I would have to consciously avoid morphing into a sort of pan-atlantic hybridized accent, as I would take pains to avoid them thinking (erroneously of course) that I was mocking them.

This is kind of funny...Brits doing very bad American accents.  Hugh Laurie has drastically improved his "American" for House though:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUKOebCbINc
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Post by: capozzoli on May 07, 2010, 08:00:22 PM
Tech support huh, how is your Indian accent?

I just do my best 'East Enders' accent or Wallace.
Title: Re: Lets get to know each other!
Post by: nicneufeld on May 07, 2010, 08:07:32 PM
I have a decent Indian accent but it would probably be terribly offensive so I do not trot it out in public.  It is most heavily derived from Peter Sellers' The Goon Show characters of an Indian persuasion.  It's more than the accent but the sort of overly-flowery wording of the speech.  Ah yes, Mr Banerjee and Mr Lalkaka.  I love the Goons...

EDIT:  A classic:  http://www.thegoonshow.net/scripts_show.asp?title=s08e07_the_red_fort
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Post by: capozzoli on May 07, 2010, 10:12:34 PM
The Goon Show is Awesome.

Peter Sellers was great, what an awesome actor. Maybe the best ...ever. Great at accents too.

Ever seen 'The Party' ? One of his best!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOGx3P5THJs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWE49OOoBdg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN8FjyvrHY4