Who Are You:
Home Town (City, State):
I've been a homebrewer since:
NKY Homebrewers Guild
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share?
Oh yeah. My wife and I had a small private wedding in a cabin on a mountain. I brewed the old trusty IPA and a Dunkelweiss as the beer for our wedding and packed the 4 cases of homebrew 5 hours away for my guests to enjoy. When we opened the first bottle of the DW (the day before the wedding) it had a distinct vegetal aroma and taste. Luckily the IPA was great but we dumped every bottle of what will always be known as the broccoli hosewater beer. Sanitize, Sanatize, Sanatize!
What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
American Ales, Porters and Stouts typically but Pre-Prohibition styles and off the wall ales intrigue me.
What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out?
It was a partial grain original recipe IPA. Everyone who tried it said it was one of the best beers they had tasted (friends are so nice). It fueled the fire to continue brewing to have a success off the bat. I still brew a derivative of that recipe.
Are you a BJCP Judge? If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?
Yes, Apprentice awaiting my tasting exam results. I judged my first competition after completing a BJCP training class in May 2012.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?
The hop spider and nylon paint strainer bags have worked wonders for helping me produce some brilliant clarity beers.
Describe your brew system.
Single tier - no sparge. I tend to brew very simply using manual procedures and basic equipment. No fancy push button - controller run - plc - recirculated thingamajigs for me. Not that there is anything wrong with push button - controller run- plc - recirculated thingamajigs. I like feeling that primal connection to the process i suppose - fire, kettles and raw ingredients - like cooking over an open fire - simple.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?
I would estimate twice a month on average, more if preparing for a comp or my friends and I have been extraordinarily thirsty.
Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?
I founded NKY Homebrewers Guild, in Jan 2012 out of a desire to share my passion of homebrewing with other local brewers. Starting a club has been such a fun experience and has introduced me to so many great homebrewers in my area who share the same passion as I do for the craft. It was especially fun starting a club who brews together once a month in the middle of an Ohio Valley winter. It was nothing some good homebrew, a firepit, homebrew Oatmeal Stout Chili and kettles of boiling wort couldn't overcome. The diversity of brewers in our club means I am always learning something from someone, regardless of experience or skill level. It has been and continues to be an awesome experience.
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients?
One of my dogs is named Shandy.
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions?
Two so far, a bronze and a silver for my Amber Ale. I just started entering competitions less than a year ago. More to come.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?
Sometimes alone, a lot with my club and sometimes with friends and neighbors. The social aspect and camaraderie of homebrewing has always been something I love.
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?
Outdoor for sure, I brewed once in the kitchen and it just didn't have the same appeal. Open air and a flame that's it for me - it goes back to that primal thing.