Member Highlight: Daniel Evar
Brewmie: Daniel Evar
Hometown/State: Closter, NJ
Favorite Beer to Drink: My favorite beer is continuously changing, at the moment my favorite is Sixpoint Brewery’s Sweet Action or Bengali IPA.
Years Brewing: Just about 2 years
Type of Brewer: All-grain
Brewing Volume Capacity: I normally brew 5 gallons. Sometimes I will brew 3-gallon batches if I am testing a recipe.
Currently Fermenting: Nothing right now, but I do plan on brewing a new IPA on Sunday! And a winter porter the week after that and let it age a little.
What’s on tap or in the fridge: On tap now I have a pale ale and a grapefruit IPA. In the fridge I have a bunch of different bottles from older brews that I like to share with other people and taste myself to see how the flavors change over time.
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What do you do when you’re not brewing?
When I’m not brewing, I’m hard at work building my importing/branding business that I started about 3 years ago together with my brother. We are working to launch a new men’s skincare product line called Beau Brummell for Men so look out for that when it hits the market! Another big hobby of mine, besides brewing, is snowboarding.
How did you start brewing?
I started brewing 2 years ago when my brother gave me a Brooklyn Brewshop 1 gallon starter kit for my birthday. I have been hooked since then. The first beer that I made was a brown ale that did not turn out so great, but that just motivated me to get better. I brewed another 1-gallon batch before investing in the necessary equipment to brew 5 gallons. From then on I have been perfecting my brewing process and investing in better equipment.
Where do you want to go with your brewing?
I am looking forward to the day when I have a house with a dedicated brewery, I would like to build an electric HERMS system, like the one that is in B&E. Other than that, I think it would be really cool to open a small microbrewery / restaurant combination where we brew beer in the back and serve it at the bar, nothing too crazy, just good food and good beer.
What recipe would you like to share?
In my opinion, the best beer that I have brewed to date was my Whiskey Porter with Oak Chips, it’s not my recipe but I’ll share it anyway. This beer tasted great when it was first ready to drink but it gets much better with age. I would highly recommend this brew, bottle it and forget about it for 6 months before drinking.
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Yeast: Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale Yeast
9.5 lbs English Marris Otter
1 lb Weyermann Pale Wheat
1 lb English Chocolate Malt
0.5 lb English Black Malt
0.5 lb English Dark Crystal
1 oz Chinook (60 minutes)
0.5 oz US Goldings (15 minutes)
0.5 oz US Goldings (5 minutes)
2 oz Medium plus toasted American oak chips
16oz whiskey or bourbon
Soak oak chips in the whiskey or bourbon for 24-48 hours before adding the oak/whiskey mix to secondary. Keep in secondary for 14 days.