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Homebrewer Bios / Paul Sealman
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:46:27 PM »

Name: Paul Sealman

When did you start brewing/What got you brewing?

I started brewing in 1962 at the age of 12. While helping my father brew he felt I made better beer than him so I kind of took over at that point. He knew fellow home brewers that used to work in the breweries before prohibition and I listened to them very carefully. Sometimes I needed to as they spoke broken English due to their German roots. I had also found some supplies and equipment from a sporting goods place in Waseca Minnesota called Herters. They had good quality leaf hops, grains and these wonderful plastic containers that I used to clarify and carbonate the beer in a freezer of all things.

When did you know this was no ordinary hobby, it was an obsession?

Well, when you are 12, and your father thinks you can do something better than him it helps. Having some of his friend’s think this was the clearest home made beer they ever had didn’t hurt either.

When did you join the AHA?

Wife bought me a prepaid membership and I need to activate it.

What is your "white whale" beer (the beer you'd hunt to the ends of the earth for, and possibly die trying to obtain)?

Pliny the Elder

What are your favorite craft breweries?

Broad Street Brewing / Reinbeck, IA
Singlespeed Brewing / Cedar Falls, IA
Guerrilla Brewing / Cedar Falls, IA
Millstream Brewing / Amanas, IA
Summit Brewing / St. Paul, MN

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? Or, have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?

As a teenager I had some product that needed to be concentrated. It was going to be about 190 proof! Well, I was in a hurry to finish up mowing chores and didn’t notice the condenser was running hot. Ran a few drops in a spoon to test the proof. Struck the wooden farmers match and all I saw was blue, windows blew out and I ended up on top of the door outside of the building. I was alright but felt like I had gone on one hell of a ride. Dad shut down that part of the brewery!

Do you have a special homebrew related project that you'd like to share?

Starting out with a wooden mash tunn I have to say the equipment we have access to today is the biggest advantage us homebrewers have. That can prove to be dangerous for a person like me. One day while traveling on US Hwy 20 I spotted a cooler that must have blown off a service truck. It had some road rash but the inside was pristine. Became my newest mash tunn! It worked great but was only 5 gallons and I needed a ten gallon. I kept on the lookout for a larger one and one day there she was. Long story short, I just about got run over by a truck. It was 10 gallons but it was all busted up and I had to throw it away.  I did eventually find another and paid closer attention to traffic. I still use those two tunns.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew?

I really like to brew lagers but brew mostly pale ales. Lately I have been getting into IPA’s.

What style(s) will you never brew?

The old saying is never say never but it would probably be a sour.

What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out?

It was a heavy lager with a lot of corn in it. The yeast was Budweiser yeast from the bakery. It was brewed too warm. I thought it didn’t taste very good but my father and his friends loved it.

What is your favorite recipe based off of a commercial style?

I guess it would have to be an IPA that is a clone of Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing.

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?

No I am not

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

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?

I would have to say it is a chugger pump and fittings I got through Bobby from NJ. I made a wand for it and use it for just about everything. Due to having polio I can no longer lift much and now I don’t have to. It has made my brewing safer and has added longevity to my brewing hobby.

Describe your brew system.

I use a 2 inch Monster mill for an all grain gravity system with a 10 gallon water cooler as my mash tunn. I batch sparge and drain into a 5 gallon water cooler that I pump into a 15 gallon boiler. I use an 8 gallon hot liquor tank that I pump into the tunn. I use 2 floor type propane burners. Since I like lagers I somehow ended up with 3 keezers all fitted with digital controllers.
 
How frequently do you brew (times per month or year)?

I try to brew once per month. Due to being busy or just plain procrastination I find myself catching up for festivals I’ve committed to. I have become quite proficient at speeding things up.

What is your favorite malt?  Why?

I would have to say Rahr 2 row. It produces a lower mash pH for the water profile I am working with. My theory is less chemicals equal better beer.

What is your favorite hop? Why?

Since I can only pick one I will have to say my home grown cascades. Our Iowa soil and climate produces some of most wonderful aromas that I can’t duplicate with the ones I buy.

What is your dream beer and food pairing?

Pliny the Elder and my cayenne dry rubbed smoked ribs.

Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?

WLP 001 is what I use for many ales. I experiment with a lot of yeasts but as I tweak the recipes I find myself going back to it. I think of it as balanced in that it can bring out the malt flavors as well as the hops. It brews clean and clears quite nice.

Do you belong to a homebrew club?

I belong to CRAZE  (Cedar River Association of Zymurgy Enthusiasts).

Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?
This is how I found CRAZE. It was 2011. I was coerced by a nephew and the owner of a brew pub (Broadstreet Brewery) into entering my very first homebrew contest. I entered 4 beers. I knew I was over my head when I found out it was something called a BJCP sanctioned event and I was told they were getting brews from coast to coast. I ended up winning  both first and second overall. David Scheil the president of CRAZE invited me to join. Now I get to sample some of the most wonderful brews I have ever tasted like a 20 year old ginger mead. Thanks Cole!
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?
John Sealman was not very famous but I wish I could serve him a Sealman’s Light Lager. His favorite. Gone but not forgotten. Miss you dad.

Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew?

That is me sitting on mom’s lap with dad next to her. The guys standing are my brothers and Mitzi my overprotective dog.


What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew?
Soybeans many years ago. Not a fan.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?
I usually brew with my wife Martha
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?
Mostly indoor. Mostly in the garage.
List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?
Ma & Pa IPA (favorite)
Sealman’s Light Lager
Paule’s Light American Lager
Paule’s American Amber ale
Birddog IPA
Paule’s Pale Ale
Summertime Kolsch
Snootnose Pale Ale
Big Boob Barleywine

Is there any advice you would like to give to new homebrewers?

This is such a fun hobby but people starting out sometimes look like deer in headlights. It really isn’t that complicated. I look at it as another form of cooking. Find someone who can show you the ropes. Joining a home brew club is one very good way to accomplish this. Start out simple and advance at your own pace. Listen to advice such as “That 5 gallon kettle is nice but for $10 more you can have this and you won’t have to buy another in the future.” Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. We really like to help!


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Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio - David Scheil
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:51:18 PM »

Who Are You:
David Scheil

Residence:
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Homebrew Club:
CRAZE (I am the current President)

I've been a homebrewer since:
1988

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share?
I was brewing my “Sturgis Falls Summer Ale” this June, as a matter of fact. I just got done sparging. But, I was still collecting my runnings. I collected 3.5 gallons so far. I needed to get to 6 gallons. I was moving my mash tun and it slipped and fell to the floor.

It was instantaneous, yet it happened in slow motion. Anyway, the grains and the hot water was all over the garage floor. After I got done swearing (sorry, Mom) for about ten seconds, I decided to make an emergency run to see my buddy, Tom, at the local Home Brew Shop. I got there , he was closed. But, he was still there. I explained to him what happened, and showed him the picture on my cell phone. I bought 5 pounds of dry malt extract. I returned and added 2.2 pounds of the DME, along with enough water to get to six gallons, I proceeded with the boil, as normal. But, my SG was 5 points higher than what I wanted. I used Beersmith to calculate that if I added 0.5 gallons of water to the secondary, the ABV will be at the level I want. Plus, I only lost about 1 IBU doing that. I took the beer to a club meeting and got good reviews. So, everything ended up all right.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
Steams and Lagers

What style(s) will you never brew?
Soul Ales (Just not into that beer, yet)

What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out?
Amber Ale. Not bad.

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?
See story above in Homebrew Disaster.

What is your favorite beer recipe?
Iowa Pre-prohibition Lager
6.5# pilsner malt
2# flaked corn
0.5 # carapils
0.25# 40L crystal malt
0.5 oz. Willamette Hops (60 min.)
1 oz. Northern Brewer Hops (10 min.)
WLP 800 Pilsner Yeast

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?
No

Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world?
I sent in my house Steam beer to be judged a few years ago. One judge wrote my beer was “too hoppy”. Another judge wrote “it wasn’t hoppy enough”. Same beer!!! Both judges are BJCP certified. So, my conclusion was it was just right.

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? When collecting my runnings during the sparge, I heat it up so it is close to boil when I collected the full amount. It save about ½ hour in time. I pretty sure this idea did not originate with me.

Describe your brew system.

All grain gravity system, with a 15g home depot coolers used for a mash tun. It also has a 5 gallon cooler for a latern tun. I also have a sparge arm, a 10G kettle and Blichmann floor standing burner (awesome piece of equipment).

How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?
1-2/month. But, I do most of my brewing in the spring and fall.

What is your favorite malt?  Why?
I never thought of having a favorite malt. I guess it would be the malt that gets me good beer. In other words, what is needed at the time!

What is your favorite hop? Why?
Nelson Sauvin – It provides a blood orange, piney flavor which I enjoy very much.

Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?
WLP 810 San Francisco Lager Yeast – I can use it as both a lager or ale yeast with good results.

Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?
Each year in late summer, our club serves our home brew at a barbeque event. As usual, my wife and I were there serving my Belgian Double. A woman, who I don’t know, loved that beer so much, she tried to pick me up. I was just dumb-founded. My wife, who was standing right next to me, was laughing her ass off. (For you all’s information, I love my wife very much and never even considered doing something like that.) This woman also wanted me to move into her basement and brew for her. I told her she couldn’t afford me. My wife thought the whole thing was hilarious.


What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer?
The reason I got into brewing back in 1988 was the only beer available was Bud, Coors, Miller, etc. I thought, there’s got to be more than this!!!!

If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him? Gordon Strong. My beer is good enough to enjoy. But, I know he would give me honest, helpful tips to make it even better.

Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew?
Yes.




What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew?
Bacon!

Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients?
Lord Rodney, the club mascot. (See picture, he is a stuff toy dog.)


Lord Rodney watching Dogtv and serving pretzels at Home Brew festival.

How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions?
Unfortunately, zero.

Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?
I brew alone. But, I wouldn’t mind if people came over.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?
Outdoors- all grain. Indoors-extract.

List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?

Kevin Bacon Porter (“Beer good. Bacon good. Putting the two together, the greatest move for the advancement of mankind ever. After one drink of this, you’ll be saying “thank you sir, may I have another!”)

James Super Bad Brown Ale

Scratch My Nut Brown Ale

Merry Effin Christmas Ale

Iowa Pre-Prohibition lager (favorite)

Another Good Home Brew Story:
My mom is a retired nurse. Plus, she just started to drink beer for the first time in my life (I am 50). She likes to read magazines about health and nursing. She recently was reading about the health benefits of hops. One of which is it helps prevent osteoporosis. She read that hops was prevalent in IPA’s. She asked me to bring her and IPA to try. So, she takes a sip and says “No wonder it’s good for you, it taste like medicine”. My IPA is now named “Taste Like Medicine IPA”.

Thank yoy for reading my bio. Glad to finally be a part of AHA!

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Beer Recipes / Copyright
« on: October 16, 2013, 03:40:33 PM »
I have a saison recipe that a lot of people love and have asked me for the recipe. Does anyone know a way to copyright it? Thank you for your input.

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Yeast and Fermentation / WLP 585 Question
« on: August 18, 2013, 01:25:16 PM »
I brewed a saison using the WLP 585 (Belgian Saison III Yeast) 3 weeks ago. Today, I have a gravity reading of 1.020. Is this ok? How can i get it to finish? Thanks in advance for the input.

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