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Staff Bios: 

Greg Etzel

Media Director/Event Coordinator

Background Info: 
Greg learned of homebrewing through his day job where he met Austin Heisch, who went on to brew for Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. Austin told him about a deal on a 3 keggle system and he jumped into the deep end of all-grain brewing to get started. He learned how to brew through plenty of reading, trial and error, and guidance from friends, like the Cap and Hare Homebrew Club. He didn't brew his first extract batch of beer until he started working weekends at TBI in 2012 and since then has enjoyed working in both approaches. He just wishes that he would've known it was possible to brew good beer at home when he was in college!

Favorite Styles to Brew:
Big beers, Belgians, American IPAs, and style benders. He's also working on building up more lager and sour experience where possible.

3rd place - Strong Euro Beer - Bluebonnet Brew Off (Baltic Porter w/ Stan Hudson)
Homebrew Team of the Year - Bluebonnet Brew Off 2015 (w/ Pete Walden)

1st place - Imperial IPA - Bluebonnet Brew Off 2015 (team brew w/ Pete Walden)
1st place - American Barleywine - Bluebonnet Brew Off 2015 
2nd place - Sweet/Oatmeal Stout - Bluebonnet Brew Off 2015 (team brew w/ Pete Walden) 
3rd place - Robust Porter - Bluebonnet Brew Off 2014 (team brew w/ Pete Walden) 
3rd place - Amber Hybrid - Bluebonnet Brew Off 2013 
3rd place - Specialty - Bluebonnet Brew Off 2013

Worst Brew Day Experience:
He learned about equipment malfunctions the hard way when the draw tube of his false bottom came loose from the valve during a pumpkin ale brew day. Yeah, pumpkin ale. This resulted in removing all of the 153F grain and puree from his mash tun, refitting the tube, moving it all back, reheating, and then clearing out the tube with a wire hanger to make the sparge possible. It was a long day.

Favorite Store Bought Styles Were Someone to Bring Him a Gift (HintHint): 
Just about anything, but especially style benders with interesting ingredients and sours.

Other Comments:
He learned the hard way that too much focus on the small details too early on can make it difficult to get the big picture and it slows down your progress. There's a ton of info out there and it's overwhelming at first, but brewing is actually a quite simple process because all you're really doing is making sugar water and keeping yeast happy. Get the basics down first, then focus on the tiny details for improvements. Pull from multiple sources and people, try lots of different store-bought styles, do comparisons to learn about recipe development, learn about judging, brew with different people that don't do things your way, try the new things you learn or read about, brew frequently, repeat what works, refine. But mainly, try to be patient.