Today’s post is a guest post coming from one of my favorite home brew bloggers, Billy Broas. You may recognize Billy as the man behind BillyBrew.com and HomebrewAcademy.com. He was also a featured brewer in the Iron Brewer competition.
Born a Yankee (New Jersey), Billy was raised in Virginia, and now lives in Denver, CO. So, despite not having any close ties to NC, Billy was still willing to share some of his insight into the world of home brewing with us.
We may all make our own beer, but we definitely don’t go about it in the same way.
There are a handful of dominant personalities in home brewing. Obviously no one person is just one of these personalities, but there’s probably one that you fit into more than the others.
See which one of these best describes you:
Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor
This is the DIY homebrewer. They have as much fun building things to help them homebrew as they do actually home brewing. In their garage you’ll find welding torches, boxes of stainless steel fittings, and tools that would make the guys at Orange County Choppers jealous.
They usually have a background in trades like welding or woodworking. These are the guys that build RIMS systems and fully automate their breweries.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
These are the brewers that are fascinated by the science of brewing. Topics that really get them going are fermentation, water chemistry, and yeast metabolism.
They usually have a B.S. in a technical field and may even have an advanced degree. Yeast slants and Bunsen burners can be found in their basements.
They follow the scientific method in almost everything they do. One variable is adjusted at a time, data is collected, and conclusions are made. Their eyes light up when geeking out on “chart porn.”
The chef brewers. To these people, beer is food, and every decision made in the brewery should seek to increase pleasure to the palate.
Their focus and forte’ is on combining flavors. Every ingredient should bring something to the table and work well with the other ingredients.
Chef brewers know ingredients inside and out, and because beer is food to them, they are always thinking about what food would pair well with their homebrew. When they think of brewing they think of words like “Bready, caramel, and citrus”, not “Plate chiller, sparge, and acetaldehyde”.
These are the brew bums. They keep it laid back and don’t worry about things like decoctions, yeast starters, and RIMS.
Improving their brewing knowledge is of no concern to them because they’re always happy with how their beer turns out. The have questionable sanitation practices and if they do brew all-grain, it’s using one of Charlie P’s bucket-in-bucket mash tuns.
Spicoli brewers are 100% content with their brewing habits and have no desire to add the “stresses” that other brewers create for themselves.
Which one are you?
I have a little bit of all of these personalities (I’m sure everyone is), but if I had to pick one it would be Bill Nye. What can I say, I’ve always been a bit of a science nerd.
I think it’s important that every homebrewer keeps some Spicoli in him for those times you need to “Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew”.
So which one best describes you?