Brewer Profile – Keith Wallis

ZOO Members at Springfield Brewing Company
Keith adds hops to a pro-am entry during a brew day at Springfield Brewing Company.  He placed 3rd in the GABF Pro-Am with a Rauchbier in 2014.

Keith adds hops to a pro-am entry during a brew day at Springfield Brewing Company. He placed 3rd in the GABF Pro-Am with a Rauchbier in 2014.

Name: Keith Wallis

Home Brewery Name: Hop Pirate Brewing

Brewing Since: September 2012

ZOO Member since: March 2013

Typical batch size: 6-10 Gallons

Favorite style to brew: Pale Ales

Brewing Setup: Cooler mash tun with an 18 gallon brew pot.

How did you get started brewing?

My friend Chris and I really enjoyed craft beer. We wanted to see if we could make our own that was comparable to commercial beers we enjoyed.

How did you find out about the club?

Through a competition that the ZOO was hosting.

What has been your biggest challenge as a homebrewer?

Time.

What was the biggest mishap you ever encountered when brewing? (bottle bombs, broken equipment, big messes, etc.)

I dropped a 6 gallon glass carboy. Luckily, I escaped with just a little scratch. But, the scare caused me to rethink my cleaning process

Have you ever had to dump a batch? 

Absolutely.

A cooler mash tun in the foreground with a brew kettle in the background.

Keith uses a cooler mash tun and an 18 gallon pot on propane for brewing his beer.

What has been your biggest success as a homebrewer?

Winning 3rd Place at the GABF with my Pro/Am collaboration with Springfield Brewing Company

What is your favorite part of brewing your own beer?

The end product, of course.

Do you have any other stories, facts, or information about yourself you would like to share with the club?

Read as much as you can about home brewing. Even if you don’t agree with the information, it is good to see how others are brewing.

To contact Keith, please register on our forums or comment below. If you would be willing to be featured as a brewer, please email homebrewzoo@gmail.com.


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