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Post by spuds » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:04 pm

Name,
title, location/brewery
Bobby, Concrete finisher,Bobbioli Brewery lol
Where did you learn to brew?
Internet mosly, trial and ERROR
How did you start brewing?
Friends father had an old tin of a dark ale, brewed er up and yummers
How long have you been brewing?
20 years or so, mostly kit and kilo until the recent all grain bug bit me
Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
Mostly on my own but the future is wide open
What’s your favourite style to brew?
Experimenting at the moment
What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Drank a lot of Alpine over the years but my taste buds are a changin
Three words that describe your brewing style:
hope for best
If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Hey listen its time for me to spread the wings and get out there. friends don't have patience and like the megaswills. So any fine brewers on the Island or beyond will be just fine.
Drinking: Red Hook clone
Waiting on: Fruit beer

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by mr x » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:23 pm

This thread needs new brewer updatin' :cheers2:
At Alexander Keith's we follow the recipes first developed by the great brewmaster to the absolute letter. :wtf:

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by canuck » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:30 pm

Where did you learn to brew?
From a close friend, a family member, and most recently brewing at Big Tide

How did you start brewing?
A close friend introduced me to brewing

How long have you been brewing?
Almost 22 years

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
Brew at Big Tide and have brewed once with Patrice Godin

What’s your favourite style to brew?
Double IPAs

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Needs more hops

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head........just seems like he'd be a really fun guy to brew with.

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by mattmac » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:50 pm

Hello, just joining the board and trying to follow the newbie guidelines :)

Where did you learn to brew?
First bit was living in FL years ago from a local brew store. Lately, in Nick Horne's garage.

How did you start brewing?
Picked up a partial mash kit from a brew store that was co-branded from my local brew pub hangout. It was a basic starter kit, total disaster :) burnt the grains, but still drank a lot of it. Still one of my favorite recipes, minus the burnt flavour.

How long have you been brewing?
Back into it for a few months, 5 years the first time around.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
Just by myself in FL and when I first moved to Halifax.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
IPA!

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Garrison as of late.

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Hops, beginner, eager

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
My Daughters! Finally have them filling bottles for me to cap, need a little more time before they are around the hot pots.

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by amartin » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:50 pm

Where did you learn to brew?

My mom's kitchen. She doesn't miss the smell.

How did you start brewing?

With two of my friends in college. One wanted to save money, the other wanted to try making fruit beers. I actually had little interest in it at the time, and may have only been brought in because I had a car. They lost interest after two batches (a Festa brew type American "lager", and a brown ale from Dave Miller's Complete Handbook of Home Brewing), and I kept going.

How long have you been brewing?

The Festa brew kit was in 2004, and I started all grain around the end of 2005.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?

Just the two friends listed above, although my brother comes over to help sometimes.

What’s your favourite style to brew?

American Pale Ale. It's something that I like to keep on hand at all times, and is fairly easy to make.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?

I don't buy beer for home much, but if I'm at a bar I'll usually look for Propeller bitter or pale ale.

Three words that describe your brewing style:

Simple, clean and balanced, although the clean part hasn't been working quite as well in this heat.

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?[/quote]

To judge by the beers I've had at the events, any one of you. Since I've mostly taught myself from fairly old books and the internet, there's probably a lot I could learn from other brewers.

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Post by Stusbrews » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:05 pm

Where did you learn to brew?
the little I do know came from Coopers cans/palmers how to brew, cdn home brewing, brewnosers.
How did you start brewing?
Chasin a lady friend who wanted to start :)...no joy there, but we do share a few brews...
How long have you been brewing?
I did the cans for about 6 months, and thought...there MUST be a better/ more interesting way...so made the ag leap in June (only done 5 to date)
Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
Just myself, not counting helping w/hers
What’s your favourite style to brew?
Ones that work out??? I love the variety...I never was a beer lover, till I happened to have a friends homebrew....
What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Still figuring this one out (see above!) Todays flavor is La Trappe Tripel tho, despite the trouble it gets me into....
Three words that describe your brewing style:
Is it OK?

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by KMcK » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:44 pm

It's great to see new people adding to this thread. More please! :mebeer:
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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by berley » Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:14 pm

Shawn, owner/brewmaster, Meek Brewing Co. in Fredericton, NB.

Where did you learn to brew?
A lot of reading... mostly "How to Brew" by John Palmer, and internet forums. Looking back, I really wish I just had someone to walk me through the process... I think it would have been a lot less daunting!

How did you start brewing?
My wife and I took a trip to Belgium a few years ago... Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp... and that's when I realized what beer could actually be. I had no idea up to that point that there were so MANY styles of beer, and that they were so tasty. When I got back home, I eventually started reading and realizing that you could actually brew these styles on your own. I finally got around to buying the start-up equipment, and dove in and brewed an extract Amber Ale... I was immediately hooked, as we all were the first time.

How long have you been brewing?
About 2.5 years... the first 8-9 batches were extract, then I moved to all-grain.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
I've never actually brewed anywhere other than at home. And I've discussed methods, etc. with others, but have always brewed on my own, or with my wife or brother assisting.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
I love brewing different styles, but I've probably brewed more American IPAs than anything else.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
I've become a big sour fan over the past two years, so sours are definitely up there for me (esp. Cantillon, Jolly Pumpkin, and Allagash's wild ales).

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Precise, loose, contradictory.

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Tough one. With a homebrewer, I'd say Michael Tonsmeire (madfermentationist.com). Professional, it'd be hard to say no to Jean Van Roy, the owner of Cantillon - I'd love to see some of his techniques in practice!
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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by LeafMan66_67 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:50 pm

Derek Stapleton
Chief Brewer, Cook and Bottle Washer
Bones & Brew BBQ, Lower Sackville, NS

Where did you learn to brew?
Trial and error, Brewnosers Forum, How to Brew and a some help starting out from Noble Grape

How did you start brewing?
My wonderful wife bought a starter kit for me one Christmas. Little did she know that it would become an obsession and take over a good part of the basement!

How long have you been brewing?
I started with Festa Brew and extract / steeping kits from Noble Grape in early 2008 and kept them going for 4+ years. In early 2012 I started making some 1 gallon all grain recipes on the stove top after receiving a beer recipe book from my niece. That's also when I stumbled upon the Brewnosers. From there, I moved quickly to partial mash / extract brews and then to all grain, both 20L BIAB or a 40L traditional and 3-vessel brew day. Recently, I downsized my gear and went with the RoboBrew, with no regrets.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
For the most part, I brew alone, using it as a therapeutic relaxation time. However, I have brewed with my own gear at Spindrift for open brewery day, as well as on their pilot system for an entry in the Stillwell Open.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
I'm partial to sessionable brews. Ordinary Bitters, pale ales and more recently lagers are my go to beers, although I also enjoy a good IPA. I've also done a few Flanders Red with good success.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
I really have no favorites - it always depends on the mood and surroundings.

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Relaxed!

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by HopGrower » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:08 am

Where did you learn to brew?
Both trial and error in the kitchen (mostly during college), and sitting in front of the computer or in an armchair reading about brewing. Charlie Papazian's 'The Complete Joy of Homebrewing' was a huge influence.

How did you start brewing?
There was an old book kicking around home about the history of/living in Nova Scotia pre-WW1. In it, there was an old lady talking about how she used to make spruce beer when she was younger. The book was published in the 40s, and she was well past her prime. It wasn't really a recipe, just sort of a quick description on how to do it. I was still in high school and wanted to give it a go, so I did. It was undrinkable.

How long have you been brewing?
That was high school. I'm 35 now.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
No one/no where. Well, I have lived in several different apartments since I started brewing, but I don't think that's really what you're asking. :S

What’s your favourite style to brew?
Ales, IPA

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Garrison's Imperial IPA, anything Nash has hopped the shit out of. :D

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Experimental, Hoppy, Strong

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Nash, without a doubt.

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Post by EverwoodAveBrewShop » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:06 am

David Gillett
Crafter of Beers, Chaser of Discs and Herder of Cats
Everwood Alley Brewing, Hammonds Plains, NS

Where did you learn to brew?
Watching my dad when I was a kid, well, I don't think I learned anything except to recognize the smell of beer brewing, but I learned that it could be done. More recently the inter-webs have helped tremendously.

How did you start brewing?
Out of desperation when i was a poor student, I needed more beer then I could afford.

How long have you been brewing?
I started with concentrated can brews in 2001 (very occasional brewing at this point), moved to Festa kits in 2007 and to all-grain in 2010

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
I brew at home, but more recently I've been hosting brew days for various groups of friends.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
My favourite beers are browns, porters and stouts. But I have a soft spot for ESBs and wheats.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Garrison Brown, Picaroons Winter Warmer, and Granite Peculiar to name a few.

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Relaxed, social and abundant

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Any one who brews different styles, also anyone with a different brew setup.
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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by mr x » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:09 pm

bump
At Alexander Keith's we follow the recipes first developed by the great brewmaster to the absolute letter. :wtf:

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by gm- » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:22 pm

Name,
title, location/brewery

Jon Sigurdsson, brewmaster/bottlewasher/errandboy, Queen Street Breweries, Saint John, N.B

Where did you learn to brew?
Mostly from the internet, but John Palmers book helped me a lot. Lately I have been reading Brewing Classic Styles and Radical Brewing, both full of good information. I also get good tips at Fundy Area Brewers meetings (like how to make lawn-moving beer for less than $10 mostly from uncle bens rice X) ). I am still learning every day, have 5 batches lined up for the next month or two and I am sure each and every one of them will be a learning experience.

How did you start brewing?
Bought a crappy kit, borrowed equipment from a friend and the results where not too bad. After that I did quite a few Festa Brews, before I made the switch to all grain.

How long have you been brewing?
~1 year, but I just recently made the switch to all grain after I got proper gear for Xmas.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
I usually brew with a buddy of mine from work, share the cost, workload and of course the beer.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
A bit too early for me to say, but as I really like Belgian ales and IPAs I guess those are what I am going to brew most of. I also like to use strange ingredients, planning to brew kelp imperial stout soon, and have spruce and birch sap beers lined up.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Belgian trappist ales, my all time favourite is Westmalle dubbel, drinking Westvletern XII at the Westvletern Monastery in Belgium was also one of the greatest beers I've tried. I also like hoppy IPAs and IIPAs, I usually try to have few Garrison Imperial IPAs in the fridge.

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Experimentation, good enough

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Looking forward to have a brewday with the Fundy Area Brewers club, but it would be pretty cool to brew with the monks that brew at Westmalle or Westvletern.

Fermenting: Oud bruin/Vienna Pekko SMaSH
On tap: Nelson dry hopped Berliner/ Scottish Heavy 70-/ NE IPA

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by Graham.C » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:37 pm

gm- wrote: ...how to make lawn-moving beer...
It sure would take a lot of beer for me to see a lawn move... :lol:
-Graham

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by Graham.C » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:02 pm

Graham Clark

Where did you learn to brew?
From a friend when I moved out East. I made meads but they took too much time and beer is better anyways. Then I found you guys… my life will never be the same.

How did you start brewing?
I made meads and figured it was a logical expansion.

How long have you been brewing?
Since 2010, so right about three years now.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
I’ve brewed with some friends, my girlfriend, the SAAZ crew, and Nash at RB.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
I like my stout or LD’s Comfortably Numb, but stout wins on the fact I hate transferring highly hopped beers from my BK to the fermenter. Really though, my favorite brew is when the weather is just perfect to be outside and its late enough in the day that I can have a tasty homebrew while brewing.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Depends on my mood, but I have really been into three musketeers dopple bock lately. Otherwise anything well made, multi-layered is welcome. I like it when the beer tells a story on my tastebuds.

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Tinkering towards bliss

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
I would like to brew with X or LD. Both have helped my brewing tremendously and it would be nice to see their setups. I would like to go electric but want to see some rigs first, so anyone with electric would be good.
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Post by bluenose » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:20 am

I found this thread and realized I hadn't added my part:

Mark The Hare,
Title: We Don't Need No Stinkin Title, Rabbit Hole Brewery (I just made that up right now ;) ) - Woodburn, NS

Where did you learn to brew?
My uncle and the instructions of a Brewhouse kit.

How did you start brewing?
I had to build my own supply as my uncle was starting to notice that his homebrew was going missing :?

How long have you been brewing?
Since around the time I turned 19... 1998, but took some time off until two years ago.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
No one

What’s your favourite style to brew?
I don't like to play favourites with my beers, but I brew Cream Ale the most often

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Lately I've been buying sampler packs from Pumphouse and Waterloo

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Bull In Chinashop

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Anyone, I'm a beer brewing slut
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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by Keith » Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:50 am

Keith ,
Amature Brew Master @ Skynets...

Where did you learn to brew?
I picked it up after I was shown how to make wine. I started with a festa kit, and after a few months I've started Partial Grain. Hoping within the next year or two to step up to all grain batches.

How did you start brewing?
I've loved beer for as long as I can remember, and after a while I was curious about the process and ingredients, and here I am today. Making beer Friends and Family rave about. It's been following recipes so far, but am brewing my first recipe and planning a few other beers.

How long have you been brewing?
I started sanitizing and adding yeast (Festa Kits) in Jan 2013. I've been brewing Partial Grain kits since Aug 2013.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
I've only brewed at home, typically boys will pop in for a pint while I cook the wart.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
Love em all for brewing. But love a bold, flavorful beer to drink.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
I can't pick a favorite. I don't have a frequent goto.

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Eager, Passonite, Committed

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
I'd have to go with Paul Gautreau from Big Rock. Really like his style for going out side of the normal, and having fun with what he makes.
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Post by dexter » Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:24 am

Name, Phil
title, location/brewery
I've never named what I do
Where did you learn to brew?
from a bunch of different places, the web, from normal people, even some brewers.
How did you start brewing?
I brewed my first batch in 1993 it was a coopers and it was fucking aweful, I have no idea where i got it but I brewed it at my parents place. my dad used to do John Bull bitters when I was young and they were aweful.
How long have you been brewing?
I didn't seriously start till 2007 when I moved back east from ontario.
Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
I've brewed in Ottawa and Halifax, I've brewed with a few guys from brewnosers and a few from outside our little group. they're now part of it.
What’s your favourite style to brew?
I brew IPA's , APA's , some stouts and porters.
What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
I'm a sucker for Rogue Juniper ale, DFH anything and Mirror Pond.
Three words that describe your brewing style:
static, intensive and fun
if you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
I enjoy brewing and seeing how others brew so pretty much anyone. I would love to see some of the full 3 tier ebreweries running around.

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by Broob » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:18 am

Steve MacNeil (not the premiere)
President, CEO, CFO, Head Dick - Red Five Brewery

Where did you learn to brew?
Youtube mostly, this forum and learning from my many mistakes

How did you start brewing?
I needed a way to justify the money spent on a chemistry degree and it was either home brewing or cooking meth.

How long have you been brewing?
1.5 years

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
I've only brewed alone, I've recruited friends on bottling day

What’s your favourite style to brew?
Anything that doesn't turn out tasting like bananas

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
My uncle used to say "I've never had a bad one". Although I don't agree I understand what he meant.

Three words that describe your brewing style:
The Swedish Chef

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Alexander Keith, so I could punch him.
Red Five Brewery
Anchorhead Steam
Boba Fest
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Darklighter Stout
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Post by GAM » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:29 am

Broob wrote: Three words that describe your brewing style:
The Swedish Chef
Hum Bork Bork Bork.

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by mr x » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:34 am

Broob wrote:How did you start brewing?
I needed a way to justify the money spent on a chemistry degree and it was either home brewing or cooking meth.

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Alexander Keith, so I could punch him.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
At Alexander Keith's we follow the recipes first developed by the great brewmaster to the absolute letter. :wtf:

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Post by Ladd » Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:34 pm

Name:

Matt Bryenton

title, location/brewery


Charlottetown PEI, no name just home brewing!

Where did you learn to brew?

In the basement of my folks house when I was 16. I picked up a can of Coopers lager and just followed the directions. Fermented it in my closet and bottled it up in some old wine bottles my parents had laying around.

How did you start brewing?

Looking for a cheap way to get some beer since I was too young to buy it at the liquor store at the time.

How long have you been brewing?

20 years now. All of it Coopers or John Bull extract kits until a year and a half ago when I discovered all grain! Haven't looked back!

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?

My brother and father have brewed with me a few times. I have four kids so its hard to find time for collaborative brews, just need to squeeze them in when I can.

What’s your favourite style to brew?

Stouts and dark beers are my favorite to drink. I don't really have a favorite style to brew, the process is a blast regardless of what style I am making!

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?

Lately its been Gahan's Sydney Street Stout and their Iron Horse (Iron Bridge now). I also love Picaroons Dark and Stormy night and their Winter Warmer when I am in NB.

Three words that describe your brewing style:

I'm still learning

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?

I'd have to go with Jamil Zainasheff because I think I could learn a lot from him and his sense of humor is very similar to mine -from what I have heard from his shows and podcasts anyway. I think we would have a blast! :headbang:
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Post by jacinthebox » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:15 pm

Name,
Justin Clarke

title, location/brewery,
Brewer Brathair Brewing, Hubley NS

Where did you learn to brew?
Internet, and always pick it up tips from this site

How did you start brewing?
My buddies bought me a starter kit for my bday sept 2012

How long have you been brewing?
Put my first festa kit down in sept 2012...started partials in October 2012, and all grain in April 2013.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
My buddy and I started together at the same time. Since then, my other buddy joined in. And my first brew buddy's brother started. So now there are 4 brewers in our group.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
SMaSH, ipa's, porters and stouts.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
I like bitters, and ipas

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Precise, planned, relaxed.
Things seem to work out, even when things don't go as planned.

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
I'd brew with anyone
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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by blacktip » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:20 pm

Scott Walsh
Grunt, Automata Brew Works

Where did you learn to brew?
Books, internets, kits. I still have lots to learn

How did you start brewing?
Festabrew kits. They were too boring, I wanted to learn more

How long have you been brewing?
Since 2011

Where else/with whom else have you brewed?
Friends here and there. They sit and drank beer during the boil.

What’s your favourite style to brew?
Ales, IPAs in particular. I'd like to split a batch of stout next, and do something with coffee and molasses.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)?
Fathom IPA

Three words that describe your brewing style:
Seat of pants. Looking to change this with some automated systems and monitoring. Cheap embedded computers are making this a reality. Hope to be able to share in the next few months.

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why?
Anyone really, I always want to learn more.
Automata Brew Works - https://twitter.com/automata_bw

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Re: The home brewers speak

Post by smokey » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:08 pm

Name, - Smokey

title, location/brewery - My basement

Where did you learn to brew? - St. John's Newfoundland.

How did you start brewing? - I was in college and as a student I wanted cheap beer so home brew it was.

How long have you been brewing? - 10 years.

Where else/with whom else have you brewed? - I done it in st. John's, Halifax, and now I do it in Ellershouse. All this time it has been just myself.

What’s your favourite style to brew? - I do all that I can.

What’s your favourite beer to drink (other than your own)? - Blue Star.

Three words that describe your brewing style: - Creative, Unique, Original.

If you were going to collaborate with another brewer, who would it be and why? - I have never thought of this before.

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