What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?
Hold on to your butts! I am by title the Operations Manager for Supply Chain Division. Really, I’m mostly an implementation consultant for Warehouse Management Software. Have fun figuring out what that means.
What got you into homebrewing?
Pretty certain I was walking in Loblaws one day and noticed a can of extract they were selling. No idea if they still do or not but I was intrigued by the idea of being able to brew at home. I persisted through so many terrible beers and eventually learned a little bit.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of homebrewing?
How long have you been brewing and how many batches last year?
Do you have any favourite styles you like to brew?
What kind of setup do you use?
What is the worst beer you have brewed?
What did you learn from that worst beer?
What is the best beer you have brewed?
9lbs 2 Row
0.5 lbs Crystal 60L
0.5 lbs Flaked Oats
0.5 lbs Victory
0.25 lbs CaraAroma
0.25 lbs Chocolate Malt
1oz Fuggles @ 60 (14.5 IBUs)
1oz EKG @ 15 (8 IBUs)Hops
Optional Water Stuff
0.7ml Phosphoric Acid
4g Calcium Chloride
Mash @ 152 for 60 mins.
Boil for 60 min
Yeast/Fermentation – WY1968 (This was an accident, but it works), ferment at 19C.
Add 1.5 lbs of TOASTED (very important and there is a procedure) unsweetened flaked coconut after fermentation has slowed down directly into the fermenter for 3-4 days. Cold crash for 3-4 days then rack with mesh bag over racking cane.
What is a change you have implemented that you feel made a big improvement in your beer?
What advice would you give to a new homebrewer?
- Research, do it more than I did. You won’t regret it.
- Ask questions from people who have been doing this longer than you.
- Control your variables, don’t change too many things at once, you won’t know what failed/worked.
- Don’t take on everything at once. I.E, don’t do water chemistry if you haven’t figured out yeast starters, etc. One improvement at a time, too much stuff can be hectic at the beginning and you’re bound to make mistakes.
- Bring your beer to meetings. Share it and welcome the feedback, it can really help.
Do you have any certifications related to beer and/or homebrewing (BJCP, Cicerone, etc…)?
If you could be a tree frog, what colour tree frog would you be and why?
I like turtles.
Editors note: Clayton is deathly afraid of tree frogs which is why he avoided that particular question.