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bio website santeadairius.com
location Santa Cruz, CA
age 41
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seen Dec 19 '11 at 3:55

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.


Jul
14
comment Estimating Alpha Acids of Home Grown Hops
I'd be interested to know what lab to send to because I'm growing a lot of hops. If anyone has info about this, fire away. I know of many wine analysis labs, but have never encountered a hop analysis lab.
Jul
14
comment Drying freshly picked hops
thanks for the idea
Jul
13
comment Drying freshly picked hops
Note "that many" was for a 10gal batch.
Jul
13
answered Drying freshly picked hops
Jul
10
answered Calculating sugar in fresh fruit
Jul
10
comment Are beer kits any good?
Kits are how pretty much everyone gets started and are a great way to do it. The only thing I recommend is that you get kits that will list all the ingredients so you can see what the different grains/hops contribute. Williams Brewing, for example, won't tell you what's in the kit = Sucks. Breworganic.com and many others will. So get a kit that list ingredients, brew it and then get it again and brew it again. Only the 2nd time swap out one of the grains in the grain bill. Or swap out one of the hops in the hop schedule and then note the difference. Keep a log. You'll learn a lot.
Jul
10
comment How do you characterize “Breakfast Beer”?
In this order: 1. It's cold. 2. It's got alcohol. 3. It's got enough sugar to go well with Wheaties or is neutral enough to work with Froot Loops. Basically, that means just about anything. 4. Lightly hopped. Hops are tough on morning mouth. But then again, the antibacterial properties in hops probably kill off all the funk in your mouth leftover from the stripper mammaries you were licking the night before... oh wait, I'm talking about me again...
Jul
10
comment Does aging the beer make a huge difference?
Forgot to vote this up and say that higher gravity beers tend to benefit from aging, in my experience. I made a 10.5% IIIPA last year that tasted like sugary @$$ when I bottled it but turned into a real treat after 6 months in the bottle.
Jul
10
comment Cloning commercial beer
Yeah. Google first for me, which usually turns up threads at HomebrewTalk.
Jul
10
asked Fermenator Question(s)
Jul
10
comment Does aging the beer make a huge difference?
Wow, I'm jealous. I've never been able to wait that long. I'm basically shaking the bottles to see if there's bubbles in there after a week... and the rest is history.
Jul
10
answered How do I print professional-looking labels?
Jul
10
comment Conical fermenter: worth it?
The off aromas are less this time and I think they'll blow off once I bottle.
Jul
4
answered Conical fermenter: worth it?
May
2
answered [Wiki] What extra equipment do I need to make wine?
Feb
22
answered Should I & how do I use a mash tun brew kettle with a false bottom?
Feb
22
comment Where can I find some Nelson Sauvin hops?
The craftbrewer.com.au hops came in after approx 2 weeks in excellent condition/freshness.
Feb
22
asked Open-Fermented or Native Yeast Beers
Feb
17
comment Where can I find some Nelson Sauvin hops?
I received the hops in great condition and quite fresh from Hop & Grape relatively quickly. I've not yet received my craftbrewer.com.au order though, despite their rapid delivery claims.
Feb
4
answered Help With Hops…