Jared W


Who Are You:

Jared Whalen

Home Town (City, State):

Florence, KY

I’ve been a homebrewer since:



Do you have a homebrewing disaster you’d like to share?

Never had a boilover until I was teaching a friend to brew at his house. Made quite a mess on his nice gas stove.


What is your favorite style(s) to brew?

I like brewing things that make people think.


What style(s) will you never brew?

I’m not a fan of Peat Smoked things.


What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out?

I brewed what amounted to an underhopped dark ale. Turned out to be a decent darkish lawnmower beer.


Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?

I’ll let everyone try cider batch #1 and then we’ll vote. It’s a bit polarizing.


What is your favorite beer recipe?

Don’t have one yet.


Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you’ve found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc

Wine Thief. Gravity readings made simple.


Describe your brew system.

Batch Sparge, 10 gallon round Igloo into 15 gallon Stainless Kettle


How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?

I try to brew about once a month depending on time and consumption levels.


What is your favorite malt? Why?

I like me some Marris Otter. Great all around base.


What is your favorite hop? Why?

Kind of like picking your favorite kid isn’t it?


What’s the most unusual ingredient you’ve ever used in a brew?

Agave Nectar or Black Pepper


Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?

2 packs of US-05, Clean fermentation at 65 and no starter needed.


Do you have a good homebrew club story you’d like to share?

Not yet. We will have to work on that.


If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?

Three people come to mind. Charlie Papazian, Jim Koch, and Norm from Cheers. Whatever is on tap at the house.


Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?

I’ve got a pot stirring friend.


Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?

Where does the edge of the garage fall?


List some of the names you’ve given your beers. Which is your favorite?

Polcat Pepper Pils, Crossroads Common, Hopeful Oats