The Mad Fermentationist (Mike)

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Gender Male
Occupation Economist, Writer, Flavor Developer
Location Washington, DC, United States
Introduction I’ve been interested in food and cooking ever since I was a little kid, I started watching cooking shows before kindergarten. After discovering that beer could taste “good” I set my sights on homebrewing. I took a student taught course my senior year at CMU in 2005 called “Beer Brewing and Appreciation.” After two extract batches as part of the class I moved onto all-grain and that is when I really got hooked. Ever since then I have been striving to create beers that I like to drink, this has ranged from the simple to the absurd. In particular I have a passion for wild/sour beers, I just love the unique flavors that can be created in no other way.
Interests Fermentation, homebrewing, beer, cheese, cider, mead, ginger beer plant, kombucha, sourdough, wine, cooking, charcuterie, vinegar
Favorite Music Much like my taste in beers my taste in music is pretty eclectic. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of, Bob Dylan, Fleet Foxes, Sigur Rós, Van Morrison, The Who, Arcade Fire
Favorite Books The brewing books I turn to most often are (in no particular order), American Sour Beers, Radical Brewing, Wild Brews, Brew Like a Monk, Farmhouse Ales, Designing Great Beers, How to Brew, Brewing with Wheat