SSOB Brewers spotlight
A monthly Q & A highlighting one of our club members, there brewing experience’s, how and why they started brewing as well as there methods and favorite homebrews.
This month’s spotlight will be focussing on SSOB club member Daniel Gilliland.
Q: how long have you been homebrewing?
A: I began homebrewing exactly three years ago in August 2014
Q: How/why did you get into homebrewing?
A: I was first drawn to craft beer, and began to become enamored with the variety of flavors that existed outside of the normal yellow fizzy macros that I was used to. After speaking with John Hutchings at Fall River Brewing, he mentioned I look into homebrewing. My wife was listening to us talk at the bar, and bought me a homebrew kit from Nor Cal Brewing Solutions as a birthday gift to begin brewing extract beers.
Q: what is your prefered method of brewing and why?
A: I prefer to brew all grain on a digitally controlled electric heating element. I prefer this method as it allows for more control, and less user error.
Q: Can you describe your equipment set up and how it works for you?
A: I currently am using the Grainfather, which is an electric all in one brewing machine. It has a Bluetooth module that allows me to create a recipe on my phone or computer and then push it to the device on the Grainfather. It automates all steps of the brewing process from protein rests, mashing, and mashout. It also has timers set for when to add hops or other adjuncts during the process.
Q: Do you have a favorite yeast type or strain?
A: I have a few go to strains, but the one I’ve used the most is Safale US-05 dry yeast. It’s a very dependable yeast that is clean, and gets the job done.
Q: Dry or liquid yeast?
A: Each has their purpose in my home brewery. I do prefer dry yeast due to its ease of use.
Q: Do you/have you ever used a yeast starter?
A: I make yeast starters for my liquid yeasts brews. I use a mason jar with a drilled lid and airlock.
Q: What is your source of water for brewing?
A: I use water from my tap primarily. I have used distilled water recently to make my NEIPA.
Q: What are your favorite style’s of beer?
A: IPA, Saison/Farmhouse, big Belgian beers.
Q: What are your favorite styles to brew and why?
A: I mostly brew pale ales, IPAs and Belgian styles. Currently there are 2 Belgians and a NEIPA on tap at home. The flavor variety that hops can bring to a beer excites me more than a malt forward beer does. In addition, Belgian beers generally are not hop forward, but let the yeast speak for the beer, and those flavors really interest me.
Q: Could you share one of your favorite homebrew recipes with us?
A: Easy Pale Ale
6.1 Gallon batch
10 lbs Maris Otter
Mash @ 150 F 60 min
Whirlfloc Tablet @ 15 min
1 oz El Dorado @ 15 min
.5 oz El Dorado @ 10 min
.5 oz Mosaic @ 10 min
.5 oz El Dorado @ 5 min
.5 oz Mosaic @ 5 min
Safale US-05 Dry yeast
Color 9.0 EBC
Bitterness 43.2 IBU
Alcohol 5.5% ABV
Calories 189 per 12oz
I’d like to add a special thank you to Woody’s Brewing company for allowing me to help brew a beer on their all grain 15 gallon pilot system over 2 years ago while I was still an extract brewer. Scott and Pat taught me how all grain brewing worked, and allowed me to get my hands involved with the process from grinding the malt, to stirring the mash. It literally changed my homebrewing forever.
Thank you Daniel.