Customer of the Month – Jim Maurer

Jim Maurer

How long have you been home brewing?

20+ years

What is you favorite beer style to make?

More like a group of styles for me. I like to challenge the brewing of a good lager of any type.

Are you a member of any brew clubs or organizations?

I’m pretty much from the Groucho Marx school of organization membership. If they will let me
join maybe their standards aren’t high enough! When I first started brewing I was a member
of a homebrewing club but I didn’t have the will power to refuse all those good beers they
produced so, for my own good, I thought it would be best if I stayed away. I’ve been a
member of the AHA for longer than I can remember.

Have you won any medals or awards?

 Yes, but I prefer to think it was the beer that merited the award not me.

What is your favorite beer and food pairing?

My theory is that any beer you like to drink with any food you enjoy eating is a perfect pairing.

Describe your brewing system or equipment.

The system I normally use is a 5 gallon system with 2 Igloo coolers (Mash Tun and Hot Liquor Tank) with a 7 gallon brew kettle and a counterflow chiller. Everything is done by hand including grain milling and gravity moves all liquid. My usual batch size is 3 gallons. This allows me to brew more styles, more often. A win, win for me and the people I share my beer with!

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

  I made the decision to do all grain brewing starting with my second brew day. I wanted to be totally involved in every aspect. I wanted to be a real brewer even if it was only 5 gallons! This required a lot of reading, but who doesn’t enjoy reading about beer and brewing methods! Today I continue to research and read so I can try to make my beers even better. If I hear of new procedures I like to try them for a few times and see if they work for me or if I can use some part of the process to make improvements. I also go back to the old ways a lot of times (decoction mashes, cereal mashes, step mashes). After all, I’m in it to learn and for enjoyment.

What other fermented beverages have you made?

I’ve made wine, cider, and mead, but it just isn’t as much fun as brewing.

List of any other hobbies or interests.

I enjoy camping, prospecting for gold and supporting my local home brew store.