Who Are You: Scott Bennett (on the right next to my hero Todd Haug of Surly)
Home Town: SLC Utah
Current Town: Orange, CA
Homebrew Club: AHP Brew Club and BrewCommune
I've been a homebrewer since: 2010 (2 Brew on Premise 1 in 07 and 1 in 08)
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? Don't set plastic LME containers on hot stoves
What is your favorite style(s) to brew? Hoppy beers and Lagers, I'm known for my BIG IPL which is a Double India Pale Lager with crazy hop aroma.
What style(s) will you never brew? Who am I the Bruery? Never say you wouldn't brew a style who knows you taste might change over time.
What was the first beer you ever brewed? On my own, a Mr Beer IPA that I named after my daughter to be.
How did it turn out? Cidery mess
What is your favorite beer recipe? My BIG IPL
Are you a BJCP Judge? No, but I do judge in the club competitions. Getting certified is in my plans
Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world? I think people feel that beer judging must be great because of all the good beer you get to try. Truth is for every great beer you get to have 2-3 bad beers some downright undrinkable. The worst beer I've judged to date smelled and tasted like horse droppings.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? I have a ratcheting wrench from sears that is 7/16 on one side and 7/8 on the other
Describe your brew system. Currently working with partial mash but working on building an all grain system.
I serve my beer out of the keezer I built or as I call it The Indy Crate
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? 1-2 times a month
What is your favorite malt? Victory!
Why? It creates winning beers
What is your favorite hop? I love the big C hops from the Northwest (including citra) I’m also a fan of Simcoe and Amarillo
Why? I over west coast American IPAs and I lived in the northwest for 5 years
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? The yeast I use the most of is probably WLP007 Dry English Ale Yeast
What qualities do you like about that yeast? It’s highly attenuative with low esters that might otherwise get in the way of the hops. It’s also the Surly house yeast. I’m also I big user of WLP001 California Ale, WLP670 American Farmhouse Blend, WLP840 American Lager Yeast (Used in BIG IPL) and WLP320 American Wheat
Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew?
Some of my favorites
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients? No but I have beers named after family members
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? To date; I’ve won one club competition, the 2011 Karl Strauss Pro Am Competition and placed 2nd in Light Lagers at the OC Fair. I’ve also collected an editor’s choice from BYO in this years label contest for my Bourbon Barrel Aged Wookiee Label
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? Mostly with my dog DG, though I have brewed with other several times
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? Outside in my garage
List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite? Imperial Rhino Stout (IRS) and Sydnie IPA
Find me at Facebook.com/SNBBrewing