Jim Pankratz

Where are you from?

Appleton, Wisconsin

What is your favorite brewing topic to talk to customers about?

I enjoy talking about different beer styles and how different ingredients take the center stage depending on the malt bill, the hop additions, and the yeast chosen

What was your biggest brewing blunder?

Once, when I was brewing a Black IPA extract kit, I burned the muslin bag full of specialized grains on the bottom of my kettle. When I removed the bag it ripped open and the grains took over my kettle. I quickly removed the grains with a spoon but part of the bag remained. It wasn’t the prettiest brew day but the Black IPA turned out well

What movie have you watched the most times?

Gladiator; I am always entertained

What was your proudest moment in your fermentation history?

Successfully brewing my first lager with no detectible issues

Why do you brew?

I brew because I find the whole process of cleaning, brewing, and re-cleaning relaxing. Also the end result is a nice bonus

When did you start brewing?


What is your brewing system?

A 3-tier all-grain system staggered on coolers and cases of beer. It doesn’t look pretty but it works

What is your favorite style of beer for drinking and for brewing?

Favorite style to drink is a Farmhouse Ale. Favorite style to brew is an American Pale Ale

If you could share a beer with anyone throughout history, of even fictional, who would it be?

Abraham Lincoln

Where do you spend your non-brewing time?

Fishing on my row boat, drinking at local breweries, and/or Cedar lake playing cribbage

Who are your three favorite musicians/bands?

Radiohead, White Stripes, and Nirvana


Read Jim’s Short Pour article:

Re-used Spent Grains: Re-diculously Delicious