My name is Eric Strauss and I’ve been brewing since the summer of 2011. I grew up in Fishers, Indiana and have spent most of my life here. I met my wife the summer of ’93 while in high school and we’ve been together ever since. I started going to church with her and shortly after gave my heart to Christ. “You call yourself a Christian and you drink beer?” Not every Christian has to look and act like Ned Flanders, much in the same way that not every home brewer needs to have a beard straight out of Duck Dynasty and be obsessed with the hoppiest concoction they can come up with. I’ve had enough faith confirming moments in my life to know what is real, but this blog is not about pushing religion on anyone. It’s just an important part of who I am.
We have two girls and a boy who keep us plenty busy and we enjoy every minute we are together. I love my wife and our girls, who have me wrapped around their manicured fingers. I also really enjoy time with my son who has been a buddy to me and a source of humor for my wife when I’m out of town.
Besides beer, I enjoy fixing stuff around the house, carpentry, movies, music, history (mostly anything pre-WWII) and German culture (chief among them, their cars). I love BMW’s, not because they make me look cool, but because they truly are some of the most well engineered and fun to drive cars that I have known. I try to perform any maintenance and repairs myself, if at all possible. I used to participate in track days with the BMW CCA and will one day get back to it, but with our busy schedule it’s hard for me to get away for an entire weekend just so I can drive in circles. Brewing has worked out to be the perfect hobby for this point in my life.
My professional career:
- I was a student exchange worker for BMW in Munich (3 series door assembly).
- Yes, my beer tastes were forever changed by that summer.
- I got to travel all over Germany and the surrounding regions. Way awesome!
- BSME Purdue University
- Participated in Formula SAE 1996-2000
- I took a year off near the end for a year long internship in racing
- I worked in racing for over 10 years (1998-2010) : CART, IndyCar, Grand Am (now IMSA again), NASCAR
- Reynard Motorsport at the Auto Research Center, PacWest Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing
- Enjoyed many wins (including 3x 24 Hours of Daytona and 2x Indy 500’s) and several championships
- Data acquisition, instrumentation and control
- Wind tunnel and full-scale straight-line aerodynamic testing
- Brake system, gearbox/drive and suspension component design
- Custom software applications
- Cooling system analysis
- Original member of the DeltaWing design team
I also really enjoyed filling in as an adjunct professor at IUPUI, teaching the Motorsports Data Acquisition course in the fall of 2010. I always thought teaching would be rewarding and it was. I suppose that is partially the reason I decided to spend my free time sharing my projects on this site. Now I’m in a more stable career as an engineering manager in the engine cooling industry and I’m loving every minute of it. If it weren’t for a “normal” job, I would have never had the time to get into brewing. My purpose for the fermware.com blog was primarily to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained from brewing as payback for the knowledge I’ve received from others. If it gets to generate some income, that is a bonus and can help supplement my brewing and enable me to work on other projects that I really think will help the homebrewing community.
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