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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Charles from California
« on: June 04, 2015, 10:25:50 PM »
I'll bring a few of the sargassum beer to nhc. I will also hopefully be bringing some very fresh yellowtail sashimi to the meetup.  I'm fishing thurs and fri early morning before the conference. 

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Charles from California
« on: June 04, 2015, 03:59:50 PM »
Thanks.  Albacore from Morro Bay.

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

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Aaron From Long Beach
« on: June 04, 2015, 05:32:08 AM »
Check out Long Beach Homebrewers,  I'm not a member since I'm not up in Long Beach in the evening.  They meet at Steinfillers

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Aaron From Long Beach
« on: June 04, 2015, 05:30:34 AM »
Welcome Aaron,  I work in Long Beach. 

Events / Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:33:06 PM »
Cab, Uber,  super shuttle or call the hotel about a free shuttle

I clean everything after use. Put away clean. Quick rinse/ sanitize before use

Events / Re: NHC app
« on: May 28, 2015, 11:58:29 AM »
Never mind I found it. Check out "National Homebrewers Conf."

Events / Re: NHC app
« on: May 28, 2015, 11:55:10 AM »
I just looked for it and couldn't find it. Any link to the android app?

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 28, 2015, 08:40:22 AM »
What's Jimmy John's?

I got that email as well.  I don't recall volunteering but I will if help is needed.

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 06, 2015, 07:40:38 PM »
Looking forward to it. This will be my first NHC. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Australian Sparkling Ale
« on: May 02, 2015, 01:05:34 PM »
I do:

7.5lbs maris otter
1 lb wheat malt
8 oz crystal 75
1.5 oz pride of Ringwood :60
0.5 oz pride of Ringwood : 30
Wlp009 Australian ale yeast.

One of my favorite beers I make

Wood/Casks / Re: Saving a stinky barrel?
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:57:44 PM »
When I worked at a winery we got rid of any barrel that smelled like anything but wine, oak or nothing.

I would listen to jim

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Prop. 65?
« on: April 27, 2015, 04:30:02 PM »
Nearly everything has a prop 65 warning.  Doesn't mean much

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