Customer of the Month – Patrick Anthony Chavez

Patrick Anthony Chavez aka Patchworx

    

How long have you been home brewing?

5 and a half years.

What is you favorite beer style to make?

IPAs are my favorite but I love brewing all styles from imperial barrel aged to German pilsners

Are you a member of any brew clubs or organizations?

Member of the Aurora city brew club

Have you won any medals or awards?

since 2016 I’ve won 16 total medals this includes 5 gold medals, 6 silver and 4 bronze. I’ve been lucky enough to have a a pro-am with dry dock in 2016 the Hip”hop”opotomus IPA

Describe your brewing system or equipment.

all of my brew system I built and designed myself. Currently I use a Herms system with a pump and recirculate the mash through a custom built keg that maintains the mash temperature by running the wort through a coil in the keg and cycles a heating element that heats the water in the keg external of the heating coil from a electronic controller measuring the mash bed. My system is propane fired and uses an electrical element on a custom built herms keg to maintain mash temperature. The Brew stand I welded together with some scrap unistrut that a fellow co worker dug out of a scrap dumpster for me in exchange for some beer. I welded in turkey fryer burners for the boil kettle and the hot liquor tank. I use stainless kettles for my mash and boil kettles and an old aluminum pot for heating up the sparge water. I chill my wort with a homemade reverse flow heat exchanger. I have a few old refrigerators that I use for my fermentation chambers I added an inkbird controller to control heating and cooling functions on the fermentation chambers. I’m currently lagering a German pilsner in one of the fermentation chambers and fermenting a brown ale and peanut butter and jelly brown ale in the other. I built my own keezer that holds 5 kegs and has three taps out of an old chest freezer.

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

hard question but without a doubt I can say my homemade system because I built it designed it I know exactly how it performs and how to really dial in my beers. From perfect mash temperatures to protein rest to step mashing I can do everything efficiently and know exactly the results I’ll get.

What other fermented beverages have you made?

Kombucha, cider and wine but I love beer more than anything else.

List of any other hobbies or interests.

I love fishing, working on my old truck and most of all being a family man. I love being with my wife and two little girls more than anything else.