Who Are You (please include a picture):
Home Town (City, State):
Long Beach, NY
I've been a homebrewer since:
What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
Pale Ales (English & American) & Cream Ales (eastcoast represent)
What style(s) will you never brew?
There's not any one style that I would never brew but there's a couple that are very low on my "to brew" list. Namely, Light American Lagers, Doppelbocks & Fruit/Herb/Vegetable Beers
What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out?
SNPA clone kit from AHS. It came out good because I did a lot of research, before I brewed it haha.
What is your favorite beer recipe?
Any low alcohol, flavorful English beer.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?
Describe your brew system.
All-grain 10 gallon 2 tier, 2 burner natural gas system. One march pump and I usually fly sparge. Converted Keggle for the HLT, Penrose kettle for the boil kettle & a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler for the MLT. I try & keep it simple.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?
As often as I can which is anywhere from once a month to four times a month.
What is your favorite malt? Why?
Marris Otter, love the depth of flavor.
What is your favorite hop? Why?
Good ol' Cascade because I love citrusy APAs & IPAs
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?
Don't have a favorite yet but I use US-05 probably the most. I made a series of 5 beers with WLP028 (Scottish Ale) and all came out really well. From Stouts to IPAs the yeast is very versatile and ferments well at low temps which makes it perfect for winter basement brewing.
What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer?
Why do I like to brew? I enjoy the mix of science & creativity, learning about different styles & the history of beer. I also like that I know exactly what went into the beer I'm drinking, oh and having fresh beer on tap doesn't hurt either.
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?
Bonnie "Prince" Billy. I would give him a Dark Mild.
What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew?
I'm not into making "extreme" crazy out there beers (I do enjoy trying them though), I'm more into traditional styles but I do like to use adjuncts. I've used red rice from Thailand in a cream ale, hoping it would make it red...it didn't but the beer was still good. I've also used brown rice, polenta, jaggery & demerara sugar. I also made an APA with 25% rye and it was really good, I'll be using it again maybe for a Saison.
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions?
3 so far. A silver and bronze for my Cream Ale and a gold for my Scottish 60
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?
Both. I have a natural gas line in my backyard for my BBQ that I can use for outdoor or indoor brewing.