Customer of the Month – James Watson

James Watson

Brewer’s Names: James Watson

How long have you been homebrewing/winemaking? About 7 years. Started with kits, took an all-grain class at The Brew Hut, and the rest is history! Brewed just under 200 gallons in 2020! 

What are your favorite styles to make? Witbier and Pale Ale.

Are you a member of any brew clubs or organizations? No

Have you won any medals or awards? No, I’ve never entered any competitions.

Describe your brewing system or equipment (Provide a picture if possible) I use an Igloo Cooler for mashing. I’ve just started experimenting with BIAB to see if I can use less equipment and save cleanup time (so far the results have been good). Hellfire propane burner. Stainless brew pot and fermenter. Immersion Chiller and Riptide pump. 

What piece of equipment or brewing process has made the most difference in your beer and/or wine? I just got it but hopefully the Riptide pump! Using it to circulate mash, speed chilling and whirlpool for clearing. 

What other fermented beverages have you made? I also make wine and fermented seltzers. 

 List of any other hobbies or interests. I’ve coached youth football for 17 years. I have a 175-gallon saltwater tank that I spend time on and I like to garden vegetables and see what I can get to grow in Colorado’s short grow season. 

Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself? Software Engineer by education, I like to tinker to see what I can come up with. I don’t think I’ve made a recipe the same way more than twice without changing something.