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):
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?
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