Who Are You: Lynn Litchfield (may or may not be short for Lynda).
Home Town (City, State): Holladay, Utah
Homebrew Club: Proud new member of Lauter Day Brewers
I’ve been a homebrewer since: My first brew was on 1/26/15
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you’d like to share?: One Disaster was a bung popping out of my mash tun with 5 min left in the sparge, covering my patio with delicious sweet wort. I also had the tubing come off my immersion chiller right when I turned it on and got blasted in the belly with scalding water giving me a second degree burn.
What is your favorite style(s) to brew? My Favorite styles to brew are Saisons, kettle sours, and long age sours.
What was the first beer you ever brewed? My First beer was a SCBS Hefeweizen, It turned out really well and got the “keg” rolling! Thanks Salt City!!!
Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? A Great Mistake that turned into a success, Would be my second lager. I put it into a temp controlled fridge at work,checked on it a few days later and realized the fridge was broken! I fermented at 70 degrees before lagering but it still turned out delicious!
What is your favorite beer recipe? My Favorite recipe is my kettle soured Raspberry Oud Bruin
Are you a BJCP Judge? I am not a judge, but interested in becoming one!
Do you have a good beer judging story you’d like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world? My only judging story is when they were kind to me at Lagerpaloza, I loved having professional feedback and tasting notes.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you’ve found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?: My Favorite trick, is filling my kegs with sanitizer and using co2 to push it all out completely, flushing the keg of oxygen, I do this pre storage so when a beer is ready to keg I can just grab a keg and fill it up!
Describe your brew system: My brew system is a conglomerate of many styles. It is a three vessel, 5 GAL HLT,10 GAL boil kettle18 GAL mash tun. Hoping to add a 15 GAL boil kettle soon. (anyone have one for sale?). I use a stainless false bottom, but still use a bag, just to make removing the spent grain easier. I have a heating coil and small temp control to help keep the mash temp steady, although its not strong enough to actually increase the temp. It is mainly heated by a three burner camp grill. I use a small pump to circulate the wort through a sprinkler head, and also for transferring to the kettle.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? I brew at least every other week.
What is your favorite malt? Why?: My favorite malt/grain is Wheat, malted or flaked. It adds great mouthfeel and complexity to a sour beer or my white IPA
What is your favorite malt? Why?: My favorite hop would have to be Amarillo, until my columbus bines start producing!!!
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?: I love the Belgian Saison yeast, even though its a little finicky. I also have a house mixed culture built from various dregs. It creates a very complex sour beer with lots of clean acidity, as well as very raspberry esters.
Do you have a good homebrew club story you’d like to share?: My best home-brew club story has to be at the Fisher Brewery grand opening. My fiancé over heard Eric was an officer in Lauter Day Brewers, and elbowed me to go talk to him, because I had been thinking about joining the club. We had a blast the rest of the day and knew these were OUR people! Im sure there will be a lot more stories to come! Especially after MBBF!!!
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?: I would serve my home-brew to President Donald J Trump, and it would be a REALLY REALLY GREAT beer, The BEST beer thats ever been brewed ;P
What’s the most unusual ingredient you’ve ever used in a brew?: The most random ingredient I’ve used was yeast captured in our basement during a remodel project by leaving a jar or wort open…..it wasn’t very good. Also lacto fermented habanero hot sauce, spiked into a pineapple cream ale, still trying to dilute the hot sauce to be used as a hot sauce. It’s HOT!!!!
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients?: I did have a Plott Hound dog named Guiness. She was a perfect black and tan!
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? I have won one gold medal in competition; It’s the first I’ve entered and plan on entering many more!
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?: I got booted to the back porch (thankfully covered) as soon as I moved in with my fiancé, she did buy me my big ole camp stove to compensate.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? I usually brew alone, or with my business partner Sage. I’ve had a few friends come by that are interested in the process.
List some of the names you’ve given your beers. Which is your favorite? Some names of my beers are a little in prompt to, I have the Fixer which is a Hoppy Brown, Mamma Mojito Sour. My favorite is DollFace, a white IPA that I started crafting after the first date with my now fiance, We both ordered a Ghost Rider after finding out the draft IPA was out, not knowing the other ordered the same. (p.s.the wedding is july 29th in cabo!)
Would you like to open a brewery?: Yes, I want to open a brewery, and am in the process at this time. I am CoFounder of Toasted Barrel Brewery, I hope we will be open in late summer. Home brewing will always be my passion and roots. Thank you Lauter Day Brewers! I have met so many great people though our club. I know we will all spread the passion, love, and talent of home beer making to so many more people!
- Date June 13, 2017
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