I have been brewing since 1989 with a few breaks scattered here and there. Generally old school traditionalist when it comes to techniques but that is definitely changing. I’m tinkerer at heart and that I can blame on genetics, my father fabricated and made most of what he needed and couldn’t find already made or more likely because he just liked to make things with his own two hands. That being said a lot of what I am working on I build myself and, to me, that is half the fun of home brewing. I often find myself looking at things and wondering how I can use that for something else other than its intended purpose…yep it’s an illness but it’s fun because it drives friends and family crazy!
I have done some commercial fabrication of 3 vessel 1/2-1 bbl pilot systems and “keggle” systems for home brewers during the last big boom in home brewing in early 90’s, I did a short stint as a brewmaster’s assistant/cellarman in a local micro-brewery and learned plenty including open fermenting but now focusing more on my own brewing and refining my system and processes. Right now I’m more about small batch brewing and brewing in small spaces but what you see here most certainly will apply, in some manner, to your home brewing experience.
My favorite beer styles would definitely be malt forward beers. Scottish Ales, Brown Ales and many varieties of session beers and Belgians. High gravity imperial and double styles are awesome also.