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Title: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 18, 2015, 01:23:47 am
Ok, maybe a little overdue (or incredibly overdue).  Figured a pic from the Hofbrauhaus in Newport would be a good touch. Hence the s^%t eating grin.   ;)

(http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af35/jahughey/WP_20150317_005_zpscxpge90z.jpg)

Who Are You (please include a picture):   Jon H
Home Town (City, State):   Indianapolis area
Homebrew Club:   none currently
I've been a homebrewer since:   1992-1993
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share?   Lots. Broken carboys resulting in stitches, yeast geysers from not enough head space, plenty of garden variety rookie mistakes.
What is your favorite style(s) to brew?   American hoppy styles, Belgian anything, German lagers.
What style(s) will you never brew?  Funny how things evolve. I never thought I'd brew a sour beer, thinking I preferred to buy them. But I've been dabbling and enjoying learning how lately. American light lager would be the closest to a 'never brew', but who knows ?
What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out?   A Munton's ESB kit (2 hopped extract cans, packet of 'ale yeast') that I got as a gift from my Dad. I brewed it to the letter and , at the time, it was very good . I'm sure not as great today, but I'll never forget how good it was then, and it definitely turned the light bulb on for me and brewing beer.
Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?   I brewed a Dubbel once that unintentionally ended up with a subtle but really pleasant sour character. My first sour beer of sorts, but I was anything but pleased about it, at least until the flavors melded. I stepped up my sanitation game afterward in a big way.
What is your favorite beer recipe?   Gonna cheat - I have APA, IPA, Trappist, saison, and stout recipes I keep coming back to.
Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?   No I'm not and I want to test soon.  I haven't given back to the hobby in that capacity like I should be.
Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world?   N/A
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?    Nylon hose over a racking cane and mash tun exit hose, 5 gallon paint strainer bags for dry hopping - not so uncommon nowadays.
Describe your brew system.    Dennybrew Coleman Extreme (blue, so it's less prone to leakage) all the way, with a Bargain Fittings bulkhead conversion with a valve,  10 gallon SS pot from a restaurant supply store, SS hop spider, Blichmann burner.  I have the urge now and then to upgrade, but I honestly doubt I will. I like the simplicity of my system. Never say never, though.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?   It varies (I have kids), so between once and  four times a month. Most years I average twice/month.
What is your favorite malt?  Why?    European Pils is just great malt period, even for American styles.  But I love Munich for its rich malt character, even in place of most of the crystal in American styles, in porter and non-Irish stout, ie., many beers.
What is your favorite hop? Why?   I am a true hophead, so it's like trying to pick your favorite kid. But in American styles it's impossible to go wrong with Centennial for its ability to blend with pretty much anything American. I like to try new hop varieties pretty regularly, to find new hop blends to try out in various beers. 
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?   I like to use lots of different strains, so no house strain per se, but WY 1056, 3787, 1762, 2124 and WL833 have made a lot of good beers here.
Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?   N/A
What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer?   Aside from brewing and reading on it, I am a big sports fan, a pretty damn good cook/bbq smoker guy, like to fish, grow tomatoes and share it all with family and friends.
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?    Michael Jackson (the awesome, not creepy one) or Charlie P.  They have been ambassadors for beer and homebrewers and fueled the excitement for everybody.
What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew?  Lots of unrefined sugars like piloncillo and others.
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients?  Nope, a couple loyal brew dogs though.
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions?  Several but years ago. I'm planning to enter a few comps this year, to see how these beers stack up against the huge number of entries in the big comps today.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?  Often alone, but there are times when I do several beers in a row with friends, or occasionally a new brewer. I love to show new brewers the basics of AG.
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?   Mostly outdoor, but if it's just stupid cold, I will come indoors to the stove top. Probably has my man card on thin ice.   ;)
List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?   They don't usually get a name, but when they do, it's often not suitable for print.

Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: Stevie on March 18, 2015, 01:27:18 am
Your avatar is appropriate.
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Post by: mabrungard on March 18, 2015, 01:39:34 am
Speaking of homebrew club, I've been trying to sweet talk him into the FBI (Foam Blowers of Indiana), but I guess we are just a little too far away from New Pal.

Good to put a face to the presence, Jon. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 18, 2015, 01:45:52 am
Your avatar is appropriate.

Yep. Hopefully a little more muscular version, but the resemblance is definitely there.  ;)
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 18, 2015, 01:47:28 am
Speaking of homebrew club, I've been trying to sweet talk him into the FBI (Foam Blowers of Indiana), but I guess we are just a little too far away from New Pal.

Good to put a face to the presence, Jon. Keep up the good work.

Martin, I'd love to sit in on a meeting sometime, to say hi if nothing else.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: jeffy on March 18, 2015, 11:10:42 am
Welcome to the forum!  ;)
(Maybe I should fill one of these out one day.)
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Post by: euge on March 18, 2015, 12:20:07 pm
Always good to put a face to an avatar... ;D
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Post by: AmandaK on March 18, 2015, 12:21:48 pm
Welcome to the forum Jon!  :P
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Post by: duboman on March 18, 2015, 12:22:21 pm
Nice bio Jon, good to put a face to the name! Cheers!
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: brewinhard on March 18, 2015, 10:36:09 pm
Your avatar is appropriate.

Most definitely!    ;D
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: Pinski on March 18, 2015, 10:38:57 pm
Yabba Dabba Doo! :)
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 18, 2015, 10:41:26 pm
Yabba Dabba Doo! :)

Yeah, the bi#%h of it is stopping the car with your bare feet.    ;)
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: pete b on March 19, 2015, 02:03:25 pm
Yabba Dabba Doo! :)

Yeah, the bi#%h of it is stopping the car with your bare feet.    ;)
The brontosaurus burgers make up for it.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: mchrispen on March 19, 2015, 03:17:41 pm
Suddenly I feel older! You guys in Indiana are brewing hard! Good to put a face to the avatar.

Cheers, Matt
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 20, 2015, 01:22:45 am
Suddenly I feel older!

Matt, FWIW, I'm probably older than you think. Just hit 48. Still a kid at heart  - my wife would agree.   ;)
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: mchrispen on March 20, 2015, 02:09:28 pm
ok then... same age as me. You have more hair and it's much darker. Do you cold steep dark roast for that? :)
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Post by: blatz on March 20, 2015, 05:33:55 pm
welcome hoosierbrew!  ;)

man you look a lot younger than me.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: Stevie on March 20, 2015, 08:58:01 pm
Yeah, I would guess mid-30's based on that photo. I'm mid-30's and the beard is getting pretty gray. If I shaved to match you, it would be 100% gray.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: brewinhard on March 20, 2015, 09:04:07 pm
Suddenly I feel older!

Matt, FWIW, I'm probably older than you think. Just hit 48. Still a kid at heart  - my wife would agree.   ;)

Jesus, man!  I am guessing with your hair color that you have no children that you know of?
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: euge on March 21, 2015, 02:56:39 pm
Suddenly I feel older!

Matt, FWIW, I'm probably older than you think. Just hit 48. Still a kid at heart  - my wife would agree.   ;)

Jesus, man!  I am guessing with your hair color that you have no children that you know of?

There's an app that takes 20 years off your appearance. ::) Works by giving you the perception of an 80yo.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: dannyjed on March 21, 2015, 03:34:00 pm
Nice bio and you've been a great contributor to the forum.
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Post by: 69franx on March 21, 2015, 04:44:21 pm
+1 to everything everyone else has said. Great to put a face to the name and mid 30s sounds about right. I feel at 45 I look 10 years older than you
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 22, 2015, 06:30:30 pm
You have more hair and it's much darker. Do you cold steep dark roast for that? :)

Gave me a good chuckle there, Matt.  ;D

Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: S. cerevisiae on March 29, 2015, 05:44:46 am
Jon, it looks like you won the genetic lottery. 
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Post by: pete b on March 29, 2015, 03:43:37 pm
I'm just glad at 47 I still have all my hair, grey as it is. I had more grey hair at 25 than Jon at 48.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 29, 2015, 04:39:33 pm
I'm just glad at 47 I still have all my hair, grey as it is. I had more grey hair at 25 than Jon at 48.

I will say that picture is 2 years old, and there's a little more salt in the pepper now. Not a lot, though.
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: davidgzach on March 30, 2015, 12:46:22 am
Good to put a face to your posts......BTW just dry hopped the Heady clone.

.5 Columbus
.5 Amarillo
.5 Centennial
.25 Apollo
1 Simcoe

Recipe calls for the another dose in a week.  Can't wait for this one.....

Dave
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 30, 2015, 12:59:48 am
Good to put a face to your posts......BTW just dry hopped the Heady clone.

.5 Columbus
.5 Amarillo
.5 Centennial
.25 Apollo
1 Simcoe

Recipe calls for the another dose in a week.  Can't wait for this one.....

Dave

Sounds great!
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: coolman26 on March 31, 2015, 12:34:12 am
Suddenly I feel older! You guys in Indiana are brewing hard! Good to put a face to the avatar.

Brewing hard because of all the great knowledge passed on here.  Thanks for the contributions Jon
Title: Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 31, 2015, 12:42:02 am

Brewing hard because of all the great knowledge passed on here.  Thanks for the contributions Jon


And I learn as much as I pass on, easily !