Who Are You:
My name is Jim Rosenkranz or redbeerman. I figured I’d put this out there because I’ve been on the forum since its inception and have even met many of you all. So here’s the story of Jim, the homebrewer, not to be confused with Jim, the engineer or Jim, the musician, neither of which I do well if I’ve had a bit too much to drink.Home Town:
Port Deposit, MDHomebrew Club:
None at the moment.
I've been a homebrewer since:
January 1992, Well technically, I brewed my first batch in the summer of 1978, but we got stoned and forgot about it.Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share?
I was brewing a barleywine, all grain, and had to mix two separate worts together. Well the first spare got stuck, (I was using a plastic false bottom)…I was pissed, I emptied the mash tun, found a piece of braid and did a Denny conversion and haven’t looked back.What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
There aren’t too many styles I haven’t brewed at this point, a favorite, I always like a crisp pilsner in the summer, and a Baltic porter in the winter. DIPA is good anytime.What style(s) will you never brew?
N/AWhat was the first beer you ever brewed?
How did it turn out? It was a brown ale extract kit and it turned out OK, although it didn’t carbonate real well.Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?
No, but I’ve had a few that turned out pretty bad…What is your favorite beer recipe?
German pils, all pils malt and Hallertauer hops. WLP830 yeast. Simple, but wonderful.Are you a BJCP Judge? If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?
I am a provisional judge and have not taken my tasting exam yet, but I have been judging for about 4 years anyway. I’ve judged with some really stellar folks and have learned a lot from them.Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?
A fermentation fridge so I could make lagers is my favorite. A modified batch sparging system works fine for me.Describe your brew system.
10 gallon Homer and a 15 gallon kettle. I use propane and a Bayou Classic burnerHow frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?
On average, about once per month, I may do batches every couple of weeks if inventory is dwindling.What is your favorite malt? Why?
German pils, I brew 80% of my beers with it. I like the sweet grainy flavor. For IPAs I will mix it with Munich. Yum!What is your favorite hop? Why?
Amarillo, it’s a classic. Hmmmm, maybe Centennial, no Citra, no Hallertau… Hell, I don’t know.Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?
US-05, WLP830, and WLP530 are the ones I use most. I like US-05 because it is clean, same with WLP830. The ester profile of WLP530 makes for really nice Belgians.Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?
NopeIf you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?
Michael Jackson, just because. A nice German style pilsner.Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?
I brew mostly alone, but Ron Price and I have a number of beers over the years. Always a good time and the beers turn out well.Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?
In my garage with the doors open.List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?
I don’t really name my beers, I may get attached to them, and knowing eventually that I will have killed them, well, it will make me sad.