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Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« on: December 28, 2015, 11:14:41 PM »
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I think it is time to introduce myself: My name is Ketchen Smith and I have been brewing with my informal brew crew at the Smith Swillery for over 10 years, most of my serious brewing being the last 5 years.  This bunch of Hooligans really is just myself with an occasional brother, neighbor or friend (and the help usually is in the tasting).  I live and brew out of Escondido, CA, and I am originally from the L.A./O.C. area.


 
I really like my hoppy beers, so that is what I gravitate toward in my brews, but I have done many styles.  I started entering competitions in 2011 after I had moved on to all-grain and was getting good feedback from my crew and the local brewing community.  2015 has been an epic year for me: upgraded equipment to do 24 gallon batches, attended my first AHA conference and highlighted by my Best of Ales win, scaling up and brewing at CVBC and Pro-Am entry into GABF and subsequent attendance.  Here is what I have accomplished since my first competition in 2011:

2011 - Sasquatch Brewfest Homebrew Contest, Eugene, OR - American IPA - 2nd place
2012 - Del Mar Fair, Del Mar, CA - Specialty, Black IPA - 3rd Place
2013 - Del Mar Fair, Del Mar, CA - American Amber Ale - 4th Place
2014 - Hops and Props Beer Festival, Palm Springs, CA - American IPA - 1st Place
2014 - Hops and Props Beer Festival, Palm Springs, CA - American Ale - 1st Place, Best of Ales, Brewed at Coachella Valley Brewing Co, served in bars throughout Riverside, Inland Empire and San Diego, entered into 2015 GABF Pro-Am
2015 - Schooner Homebrew Championship, Racine, WI - American IPA - 2nd Place
2015 - Southern California Fair Homebrew Competition - American IPA - 3rd Place
2015 - Ramona Homebrew Competition, Ramona, CA - American IPA - 2nd Place

I run a 4 tap keezer (with room for 6), True double door fridge fermentation chamber, Blichmann kettles, Cooler HLTs, Therminator Chill Plate, pumps, etc...  The system is in constant evolution and this year I doubled production quantity with minimal extra time involved (mainly more stuff to clean).
I have brewed (and unfortunately bottled) for 3 weddings, a couple of work parties and most years for xmas presents.  A sample from this year:


Up Next - another IPA!  Cheers!
"If one intends to make beer from oats, it is prepared with hops",
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Re: Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 11:26:16 PM »
Nice to meet you, Ketchen. That's a pretty impressive list of awards. I'm sure that you'll add much to the forum. Welcome!
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Re: Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2015, 11:43:40 PM »
Welcome Ketchen!

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Re: Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 12:04:51 AM »
Welcome !
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Re: Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 03:08:56 PM »
That's pretty impressive! Welcome!

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Re: Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 09:44:43 PM »
Thank you fellow brewers!  I also wanted to thank the AHA website/membership/zymurgy/staff and everyone who has help this community grow.  I have used many resources from the AHA circle and I have inspired others to start their brewing by accessing the website and community resources.  Probst!
"If one intends to make beer from oats, it is prepared with hops",
Abbess Hildegard of Bingen

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Re: Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2016, 11:16:07 PM »
Just some award updates for AHA Nationals First Round:

Silver Certificate for Double IPA - 36 points
Gold Certificate for American IPA - 38 points
Placed 3rd and entered in Final Round for American Stout - 44.5 points

All went to mini-BOS so I am really happy.  Big thank you to the AHA!
"If one intends to make beer from oats, it is prepared with hops",
Abbess Hildegard of Bingen

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Re: Smith Swillery - Escondido, CA
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2016, 11:20:20 PM »
Just some award updates for AHA Nationals First Round:

Silver Certificate for Double IPA - 36 points
Gold Certificate for American IPA - 38 points
Placed 3rd and entered in Final Round for American Stout - 44.5 points

All went to mini-BOS so I am really happy.  Big thank you to the AHA!

Welcome! Nice scores in tough categories. Good luck in the final round!
Cheers-
Brewinhard