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Beer Travel / Panama City, FL
« on: August 23, 2015, 07:52:14 PM »
I'll be in Panama City, FL this week.  Anything worth drinking there?

Events / Craft beer and brewing party Thursday night at NHC.
« on: June 08, 2015, 11:36:27 AM »
Anyone else going to this? Thursday night 10pm.

Homebrewer Bios / Charles from California
« on: June 04, 2015, 02:30:31 PM »
I've been posting and reading here for a few years, figured I should finally add a Bio.

Who Are You (please include a picture): 

Charles Villafana

Home Town (City, State): Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Homebrew Club: none

I've been a homebrewer since: First batch Jan 1, 2012

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share?
Probably my worst disaster has been
What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
ESB, English Pale, IPA, American Wheat, Australian Sparkling Ale

What style(s) will you never brew? As of now, sours, just not my thing.

What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out? First beer I brewed was an IPA at an on premise brew place in Huntington Beach. It was terrible, but we rebrewed a few weeks later and I was hooked. I brewed an extract Hefeweizen for my first batch at home. It wasn’t bad, but nothing spectacular.

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? I was attempting to make a beer along the lines of Firestone’s Double Barrel (One of my favorite beers) I used Jack Daniel’s oak chips and it was overpowering oak and whiskey. After leaving it alone for a few months in bottles it mellowed out and although tasting nothing like double barrel is now one of my favorite beers I have made.

What is your favorite beer recipe? I think my favorite is my ESB, My Agave Wheat is the one my wife and friends like best.

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging? I have taken and passed the online exam, but haven’t taken a tasting exam yet.

Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world? Nope

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? I always have my recipe planned out in advance. I generally measure a few recipes out when I have an hour or so on an evening. Then a day or two before brew day I crush the grain and make my yeast starter. With two small kids, my biggest limitation on brewday is finding time to brew, so the more I can do ahead of time the better. I generally can do an all grain brew in under 4 hours from setup to clean up.

Describe your brew system.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?
20 times a year so far

What is your favorite malt?  Maris Otter
What is your favorite hop? Chinook
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? I like WLP023 Burton Ale

Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share? Nope

What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer?
I’m a fish biologist, so a lot of my beers tend to have some fish connection in either name, pairing use or ideas though up while fishing.

If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?
Matt Bryndilson, my Jack Daniel’s ESB.

Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew?
My profile pic is my label

What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew?
Devilweed (Sargassum horneri), it is an invasive algae invading reefs in Southern California. One of my coworkers is leading the eradication effort and is looking for ways to commercialize its use. (He has a grand plan of Ballast Point wanting the recipe) We used it in an 80/- that turned out very well, it is barely noticeable as a slight brininess but in a good way.
Other odd ingredients I have used include:
White sage, juniper berries, agave syrup, pricky pears, hibiscus, passion fruit, piloncillo and cactus honey.

Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients?
Not yet

How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? No medals, but two ribbons from NHC, and two first places from local competitions.

Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? Generally alone, but my next door neighbor a neighbor a few doors down also brew. Several other friends occasionally brew with me.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?

List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?
Oncorhynchus IPA (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha is the species name for Chinook Salmon)
EnZed IPA (New Zealand hopped IPA)
Thundercloud IPA (Thundercloud is the street I harvested White Sage and Juniper from)
Didgeridoo Sparkling Ale

The Pub / Honolulu
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:36:02 PM »
Going to Honolulu for work next week ( Feb 1 to 7) Anyone have recommendations for breweries or bars there?

The Pub / Denver to Boulder in September
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:41:20 PM »
I'll be in Boulder for three nights in September.  Looking for some good places to check out.  I will be flying into Denver and have time maybe for fort collins on my way to Boulder. Otherwise I will be in Boulder the rest of the trip.

Beer Travel / Firestone Walker Invitational Beerfest
« on: May 28, 2014, 09:02:53 PM »
Anyone else going this weekend?

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The Pub / Proud Dad
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:38:20 PM »
My second son Callan Paul Villafana,  was born this afternoon.  Mom and baby are doing great and Big brother is very excited.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Just took the BJCP entrance exam.
« on: May 16, 2014, 10:04:35 AM »
Took the entrance exam and passed.  Now to find a tasting exam and start studying.

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Ingredients / Prickly Pear Saison?
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:46:39 PM »
Has anyone used prickly pears in a beer? They opuntia will be loaded with them soon.

Last year at the Firestone beer festival I tried a prickly pear Saison from New Belgium that I really liked. 

When I was in college we used to steep them in spiced cider and drink it warm with early times whiskey when camping on the Channel Islands.

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Ingredients / Lime puree or other citrus puree?
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:34:58 PM »
Just finished reading the citrus article in zymurgy. They discuss using citrus purees in secondary.  Interested to know if anyone has used them? I heard that fermented orange juice is quite foul and have only used zest and peel (zest and pith). Thoughts?

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Ingredients / Coconut ideas
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:32:21 AM »
My wife has requested that I brew a beer with coconut, but she does not like browns or porters. She prefers blondes and wheat beers. Any ideas on how to use coconut and how much?

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The Pub / Rain finally
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:06:49 PM »
Finally got our first rain of the year today.  I took my 3 year old camping at lopez lake last weekend.  Down to 50% capacity and that's full compared to some of the others.

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Ingredients / WLP050 Tennessee Whiskey Yeast
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:16:00 AM »
Anyone ever use Tennessee Whiskey Yeast?

I'm thinking of making a peated barley wine

All Grain Brewing / Soapy Flavor in New Zealand Hopped IPA
« on: June 13, 2013, 02:59:24 PM »
I recently brewed an IPA with all New Zealand Hops. This was my first time doing a hop stand. The aroma is great and the beer tasted great each time I tested it after primary, before each dry hop and prior to bottling. The soapy flavor developed after bottling. It has not really gotten stronger or mellowed as time has gone on. Any ideas what might cause it. Sanitation has not been an issue on any other beer I have brewed and I have never had this problem on another beer. I have also since brewed another IPA with the different hops on the same schedule and it turned out great. Could it be the combination of hops that give me that off flavor?

The Recipe is:
1 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine
8.0 oz Crystal 15
8 lbs  Pale LME

60 Min boil,
:30 (0.5 oz each Green Bullet and Nelson Sauvin)
:10 (0.5 oz each Green Bullet and Nelson Sauvin)
:00 (0.25 oz each: Green Bullet, Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica, Wakatu, and Motueka)
Hop Stand for :30 before chilling (0.25 oz each: Green Bullet, Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica, Wakatu, and Motueka)
1st Dry Hop after Krausen 4 days for 5 days (0.25 oz each: Green Bullet, Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica, Wakatu, and Motueka)
2nd Dry Hop for 5 days (0.25 oz each: Green Bullet, Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica, Wakatu, and Motueka)
Irish Moss and Yeastex
British Ale (White Labs #WLP005)
Bottle conditioned with corn sugar
OG 1.061 FG 1.014 IBU 52

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