Customer of the Month – David Harnett

David Harnett

Could you tell us a little bit about your background?  
I started home brewing in 2001 when a friend taught me how to make a simple extract beer. Ever since I have been hooked on making beer. Over the years I add more equipment and with each batch I learn something new, tweak my recipes, and develop new processes to make things better. I have a passion for beer and enjoy attempting new things and teaching others.
 

What is your favorite beer style to make?

Black IPA’s are my favorite style of beer as I really enjoy them and you can’t find them in stores hardly any more. I also make a lot of high octane (ABV) double IPA’s. Pretty much anything with a lot of hops.

 

Are you a member of any brew clubs or organizations?

I’ve been a member of AHA for a long time. Brewing is a social thing for me, and many times when I brew multiple people come over to hang out and help/learn about the process.

Have you won any medals or awards?

I’ve always just appreciated drinking what I make. It wasn’t until last year I decided to try and enter a contest (didn’t win), but had fun reading the comments. I’ll try again this year.

What is your favorite beer and food pairing?

I have to go with beer and pretzels. But honestly, beer goes well with pretty much everything.

What piece of equipment or brewing process has made the most difference in your beer?

So I believe in economies of scale. When we do a brew day I like to do 3 batches at a time. One 10 gallon all-grain and then 2 5 gallon extract batches at the same time. Will start the mash tun at the same time as start the first 5 gallon extract. By the time I’ve finished sparging the all grain, my first 5 gallon extract is done and I can start on the second. I have a converted keg that a friend had made for me that allows me to do the 10 gallon all grain and it really transformed my whole brewing process.

What other fermented beverages have you made?

Every year brew hut puts on the LE food pairing night and we love going, sampling all of the various wines and I typically will pick out a kit or two per year for us to make. I’ve recently gotten into red wine a little bit and enjoy the varieties. I’ve also done a few ciders, but I stick mostly with beer.

List of any other hobbies or interests.

Music, Biking and Beer, and if I can find a way to combine all three it’s an excellent day. Last year, we did a bike and brewery tour along 470 that ended at Breckenridge Brewery where Big Head Todd was playing.