Brewer of the Week: David Green
Name: David Green
Favorite Malt: Breis Pilsen Light DME
Favorite Hop: Tettnang for finishing
Favorite Yeast: Munton's Active Brewing Yeast
Go-to Breweries: Triangle Brewing Co. and Fullsteam Brewery
When did you start brewing/What got you brewing?
1981-- I had a friend from work that brewed and I used to go to his house and drink all of his homebrew.
When did you join the AHA?
At least 15 years.
What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out?
I suspect it was an amber ale made from a "Pilsner" kit. Turned out great.
After brewing 500 batches, how has your perception of homebrewing changed over the years? (Do you brew the same recipes in hopes of getting a solid beer, or are you still trying and exploring new recipes?)
You never brew the same beer twice, but mine are all ales. I've tried all of the extracts that used to be available. I've probably used all of the easily available hops also. It's all been pretty good. I get to try really weird stuff brewed by others at the local homebrew club without having to commit to drinking five gallons of it. Batch 502 was a semi-gruit that was flavored with Scotch Broom.
All 500 batches of beer you have brewed have been with extract. What is your opinion on the all grain vs. extract debate? Do you have any interest in exploring all grain?
All grain is 10% better and 200% more work, and involves a much bigger footprint.
500 batches produces a huge amount of beer. Do you have a team of people dedicated to drinking your stash?
It's really low rate brewing; I reached 500 because I'm old.
What is your "white whale" beer—the beer you'd hunt to the ends of the earth for, and possibly die trying to obtain? The way the beer scene has improved around here in the last five years, I can almost always find something interesting at the places I go. And what tastes fabulous one day is only excellent the next.
Do you have a special homebrew-related project that you'd like to share?
I have not felt the need for either solar powered or nuclear powered equipment. My equipment is all a lot cruder than the current state of the art.
What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
I brew ales: bitters, porters, stouts...If they turn out cloudy I call them wheat beers. If they show signs of infection I call them Belgians.
Are you a BJCP Judge? If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?
No, but I've stewarded many times. I advocate brewing with style, not to style.
Describe your brew system.
Seven gallon plastic bucket with tight fitting lid and airlock. Twelve quart pot for concentrated stovetop boil.
How frequently do you brew (times per month or year)?
20 times a year - 5 gal batches
Do you belong to a homebrew club? Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?
TRUB, it's the best. But mostly, what happens at TRUB stays at TRUB.
Is there any advice you would like to give to new homebrewers?
Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Homebrew.