There are many different levels of home brewers out there, from the ones that are completely happy doing extract brews, to the ones that might as well be working in a brewery. We’ve explored the beginner end of this scale for a while now, but today I’d like to introduce a term I use to describe those in the home brewing world that are a step above and make consistently great beer while expanding what they know every day. I call these people “semi-pro” brewers. These are the guys (and women, of course!) that push their brewing skills with complex beers, advanced brewing equipment, and generally understand the science behind the brewing skills we take for granted.
What Makes A Semi-Pro Brewer?
Semi Pro home brewers know how to propagate yeast correctly, understand the proteins and enzymes in wort and how to control them to make a beer correctly. They understand the ins and outs of mashing, above the basics of how to mash. These people can recover a failed fermentation and make what would be a failed beer a success.
These people might not want to work in a pro brewery, or are most likely waiting for their big chance to go pro and start doing their hobby for their full time job. Basically these are the people you ask questions of and will pretty much always get the right answer from. They know their stuff, and because of this, they are generally more than willing to share their knowledge or beer with anyone willing to learn.
I want to start focusing on some of these semi pro brewers that I know and let all of you learn a little but about them, too. Partially so you can see how to get to their level and extend your skills, but also so I can give these awesome brewers their time to shine.
So far the guys I’ve interviewed for this series have amazed me with their knowledge and willingness to share with any and everyone. It really goes to show you that beer is definitely a social drink.
More Coming Up
Along with this, check back soon for a bi-weekly series by a few of these guys where they will write about anything they want to, including what they’re brewing right then, as well as what issues they had and solved with their last couple of brews. Just another source of information for you and the craft beer community.
Needless to say, there are some pretty cool things coming up soon, including the relaunch of The Craft Beer Showdown Podcast.
Thanks for reading,