brewer profile
Q1 -2017
Justin Holman
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Congratulations to Justin on such an exciting start to 2017!

Q: How long have you been brewing?

A: Four and a half years.

Q: What type of system do you use? 

A: I typically brew 12 gallon batches on a single tier electric HERMS that uses two 5500 watt heating elements and Blichmann kettles. It started out as a propane Brutus 10 build but when I came across The Electric Brewery I had to change over to electric for the ease of automation, speed, and efficiency. I took from each build what I liked best to build my rig. After the boil most of my beers are fermented in a 14 gallon conical from Morebeer which sits in a dedicated upright freezer with an Inkbird dual stage temperature controller.

Q: How long have you been entering competitions?

A: I have been entering competitions for right at one year. My first competition was the 2016 Katy No Label Pro Am. The style happened to be Belgian Strong Ale and I had just brewed a Dark Strong a couple months prior to the deadline so I figured why not? After seeing the results I was hooked! Taking 2nd in my very first competition gave me a whole new reason to brew! I entered one more competition that first year, Operation Fermentation. I ended up getting two medals including a gold for that same Belgian Dark Strong but this time I beat out the beer that beat me in the Pro Am. After experiencing Op Ferm and seeing first hand the fun and camaraderie that a home-brew club can give you I just had to join the Cane Island Alers.

Q: What is your "go-to" beer to drink?

A: This is a tough one. My answer will probably be different every time you ask me but right now I would have to say American Pale Ale. You can find a fresh example in almost any store and is great year round.

Q: What is your favorite style to brew?

A: I would have to say Pale Ale. This style is very broad and great for experiments. I brew a lot for competition but I always make sure to have a nice Pale Ale on tap at the house. Pale Ale is my favorite style for trying out new hops and/or new hop combinations. This style also tends to be pretty simple to brew and has a quick turnaround for when you have an open tap to fill.

Q: Do you have any advice for new brewers?

A: Temperature control and a healthy pitch of yeast is the difference between having a drinkable beer and a great beer. In my opinion there is no better way to better your beer. Don't worry about having a fancy brew rig or water adjustments until you know how to get proper fermentation. Other than that try not to stress too much about anything that may have gone wrong on your last brew day, just learn from your mistakes.