I studied chemical engineering at University, so it's not surprised that I got into brewing
beer at that time: brewing is the world's oldest application of what we now know as
“chemical engineering”, and it held a particular fascination for impoverished
students. After university, I moved from England to Germany and stopped brewing: not only was
home brewing illegal in Germany at that time, but the commercially available beer was better
and cheaper than what was available in England at the time (the quality issue has changed; the
price issue has not). As a result, I didn't brew any more beer until August 2003, after over 30
With this background, I'm still more interested in the techniques than faithful
reproductions of well-known beers. On these pages, I maintain a brewing log and also some odds
and ends which I find useful. Some of them are of no use to anybody else (the weights of my
brewing utensils, for examples). You may find some of the other ones interesting.
Fermentation temperature graph of my brewing fridge. It's updated about once a day. This is
the system referred to in the slashdot article on
13 January 2005 and described in more detail here.
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