- Category: Latest BOM
I’m a math teacher at Franciscan University of Steubenville. It’s sort of my second career, having graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981 and spent 9 (fun filled) years as a submariner in the U.S. Navy. I now have the greatest job in the world at the greatest university in the world. I’m the father of 5 little girls, ages 4 through 14, the loves of my life and occasional assistant brewers.
I started brewing when my wife bought me a (non-Mr. Beer) kit for Christmas 2004. I tried it (twice) and it wasn’t so much that the beer was bad – it wasn’t beer at all. I had a couple of friends that homebrewed and they said it was “so easy”, so I figured it was “just me” and didn’t really pursue it any further. But my wife tried again for Christmas 2005 with a Mr. Beer kit. She’s often said that she really didn’t think much would come from it past one or two “successful” batches. But she miscalculated to say the least. Beer brewing, I found, really was easy. And I’ve been hooked (or should I say “assimilated”?) ever since.
I love to brew using extracts, partial mashes, and all-grain. I still brew mostly small (Mr. Beer size) batches using mostly Mr. Beer ingredients, but I always brew 5 gallons at a time when I do all-grain beers.
Started Brewing: Christmas 2004
Favorite Beer: Budweiser of course! Crisp, clean, refreshing. The King of Beers. The head brewer at Orval seems to have a similar opinion so if you disagree, please take it up with him. I also love Munich beers – both Helles and Dunkles are particular favorites – and Samuel Adams Boston Lager. As far as my homebrewed beer, my favorite recipe is Winter Dark Lager, but I also like several IPA’s and my own Boston Lager clone.
Person Dave Would Most Like to Share a Beer With: A beer brewing monk. I do believe there’s something more to all those phrases like “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” than just funny lines. And I figure a brewing monk would understand it in a way that I never could.