November 2017 Home Brewer of the Month

Meet The Home Brewer

Name: JJ Smith
How many years have you been Brewing? About 2.5-3 years
How did you get into Home Brewing? My wife bought me a Mangrove Jacks starter brewery kit (I did ask for it) for Christmas
Favourite brewing method? Grainfather and BIAB
Piece of equipment you just can’t do without? Refractometer (makes it so much easier)
Favourite style of beer to brew? IPA (or anything dry hopped)
Best beer you’ve ever tasted – besides your own! BrewDog Dead Pony Club is my favorite
Favourite hop? Riwaka
Best beer you’ve ever brewed? All Riwaka IPA
Worst beer you’ve ever brewed? Why did it end so badly? American Amber Ale… the brew day just went horribly wrong and I spent about half an hour trying to retireve a piece of my Grainfather pipework out of the mash
Biggest disaster you’ve had on a brew day? As above
Best South African beer at the moment? For me… DP Grapefruit Express
Do you have any brewing tips to share, that you wished you had known about sooner? Don’t believe every little thing you read online, much of the info on the internet is personal experience and there is so much contradictory info online. Read more than one source of info, always.


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