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bio website santeadairius.com
location Santa Cruz, CA
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18 years homebrewing, started in college when I was 20 because I was too young to buy beer but figured out that you could buy the ingredients...

Owner/winemaker for Sante Arcangeli Family Wines in Santa Cruz, CA. Sante is a "micro winery" producing 500 cases/year of carefully handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from rare mountain vineyards in Bonny Doon and the Sonoma Coast.

Co-owner/Co-founder/Fermentation Facilitator of Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Santa Cruz California.

Day job: owner of iluminada design, a web development firm in Santa Cruz.

Currently totally infatuated with brewing barrel-aged IPAs.


Dec
14
awarded  Teacher
Oct
26
comment Capturing wild yeasts?
Yeah, it's a wine yeast, from one perspective, which is also basically the same thing as an ale yeast. I think we're dealing with Saccharomyces cerevisiae either way. Meaning, it'll ferment into a funky farmhouse-style beer, most likely. The difference being that my culture came from un-inoculated wine-- so it was the native yeast that came in on the skins, so there's a variety in there, to be sure. It'll be top-fermenting either way.
Oct
19
comment Capturing wild yeasts?
ps adding some Fermaid K yeast nutrients will help this all along.
Oct
19
answered Capturing wild yeasts?
Oct
19
comment Growlers v 12oz Bottles
I bottle into growlers all the time. Just use slightly less bottling sugar than the recipe calls for. I usually use 2 cups of DME when bottling 12 gallons. I've never had one explode on me. pop oops, there went one out in the garage. Murphy's Law. Or something. Actually, the ones with rubber stoppers will usually just seep out of the top rather than explode if they're over carbonated. Don't worry about it. Also, I highly recommend brewing a cheesecloth farmhouse ale in memory of your granddad.
Sep
9
answered How can I clean an old carboy?
Sep
9
comment What is on top of my wort? Mold? Lacto?
I've read that there are a few bugs that can grow in beer (low alcohol ones) that can make you mildly sick (blow ass), but that the beer will taste absolutely awful/undrinkable. If your beer tastes alright, then whatever bugs those are... well... you've probably drank 'em before. I think it's lacto with maybe a mold kicker.
Sep
9
accepted Where can I find some Nelson Sauvin hops?
Sep
9
answered Where can I find some Nelson Sauvin hops?
Aug
1
comment Barrel Aging- How Many Times Can I Use One?
Due to the higher alcohol and lower pH of wine, tannin extraction happens relatively quickly. After 3 years use (at least for Pinot Noir, which you only age for around 1 year), the barrel is considered "neutral" in that it doesn't impart any more oak tannin to your wine. I figured with beer, being more alkaline and less alcoholic, you might get 6-10 uses from a barrel before it's neutral. Since I'm not making native sour beers, I'm not trying to get "the funk" from the barrel, just oak for a traditional barrel-aged IPA. I'm going to go with the guess and check technique, see what happens.
Jul
31
asked Barrel Aging- How Many Times Can I Use One?
Jul
31
answered How do you characterize “Breakfast Beer”?
Jul
31
comment Fermenator Question(s)
Soaking the valves in acetone followed by a good cleaning with PBW and a sanitizer soak did the trick. Bottled a batch of IPA tonight.
Jul
31
accepted Fermenator Question(s)
Jul
19
answered How important is temperature when adding pectic enzyme?
Jul
19
comment What are the effects of a watery mash?
Great question, great answers. I've always wondered about this and now I know. Thanks to all.
Jul
17
answered How do I take hop plants with me when I move?
Jul
17
answered Shipping beer to fellow brewers
Jul
17
comment Fermenator Question(s)
Yep, it's oil. Talked to Blichmann and they were very helpful. Apparently they had a batch of oily valves and notified their customers (stores) about it, but my brew shop hadn't gotten the word. You have to disassemble the valves and soak them in acetone to get the oil out. Going to do so tomorrow and then brew again, so will update this post if that resolved the issue.
Jul
14
answered Under-carbonated bottled beer