Homebrew Club: Lauter Day Brewers
I’ve been a homebrewer since: 2010
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you’d like to share? I brewed a Berliner Weisse that scored a solid 17 in a competition. Gordon Strong was one of the judges. I learned that Berliners shouldn’t taste like Band-Aids.
What is your favorite style(s) to brew? Fruit Beers (Berliner Base), Gose, and pretty much anything that will get drank. I would like to brew more lagers, but haven’t had the keezer space lately.
What style(s) will you never brew? Southeast IPA…it’s not a style yet, but I’m sure it will be the next craze.
What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out? The first beer was in a microbiology lab during undergrad. I had no interest in making a good beer or making beer in general and only did it because it was a required section of the lab. I pretty much added every sugar available to make a booze bomb, it was awful. I didn’t get into brewing until about 3 years later after getting more into craft beer and learning the process. I read quite a few books and spent a few months researching and getting cheap equipment together before making my first batch. I ended up brewing an all-grain clone of Sierra Nevada’s Pale, it turned out decent enough that I decided that I liked homebrewing and continue doing it. I’m also glad that I started out doing all-grain because I felt fully invested in the hobby at that point and didn’t have an excuse not to make the next from extract.
Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? My third beer was pumpkin beer that I accidently made an imperial strength pumpkin beer due to mashing too low and miscalculating the amount of grain needed. The result was a really good beer that hid the alcohol too well….people were hurt.
What is your favorite beer recipe? 50% Wheat 50% Pilsner
Are you a BJCP Judge? If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?
I am not, but I want to get around to it someday.
Do you have a good beer judging story you’d like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world? See homebrewing disaster question
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you’ve found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? The Blichmann quick-carb is great. I also built a tool box sized RO/DI system that has been convenient and an economical way to get pure water for brewing.
Describe your brew system. Picobrew Zymatic, I also have your standard mash tun cooler and boil kettle setup.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? Depends on the time of year, but usually once a month.
What is your favorite hop? Why? Nelson, because dankness
Can you send a picture or two of some labels you’ve created for your homebrew?
What’s the most unusual ingredient you’ve ever used in a brew?
Spanish Cedar, Palo Santo wood, oak chips soak in Grand Marnier
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients? Not to my knowledge
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? I think I have about a dozen medals and ribbons combined… and a scarf from Reale Salt Lake Competition. I haven’t been entering competitions lately, but have been meaning to get back into it.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? Alone, and with friends lately.
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? Both, when I lived in Boise I had a nice side room on my garage and patio area that was great for brewing. I now brew mostly indoors since I moved to SLC and have a smaller area.
List some of the names you’ve given your beers. Which is your favorite? I typically don’t name my beers, but I have named my fruited Berliner Weisse that I enter in competitions, Miami Weisse. The only other beer that I have a name for is an American IPA aged on Spanish cedar that I brewed at Sierra Nevada. The beer was made during one of their Beer Camp’s, so they held the naming rights and ended up calling it Grandma’s Closet. That wouldn’t have been my choice, but it was still a fun experience.
- Date June 13, 2017
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