I first started brewing when I moved out to Colorado in 2010. I had always loved craft beer and the amazing beer scene here inspired me to give making it a try. I went to Beer at Home in Westminster, CO and bought a starter brewing gear kit. After brewing my first kit recipe (a coffee porter with real Kona coffee) I was hooked. I loved brewing and brewed different extract beers monthly that first year. I graduated from kit beers to making my own recipes, then from extract beers to all-grain. When we moved into our first house, I put a bar in the basement complete with a two tap corny-keg system.
Brewing and drinking beer was my favorite past-time. I loved making recipes, trying new techniques or equipment and the overall freedom experienced with making your own beer for yourself. Add a crazy ingredient? Go for it! Ferment with two different kinds of yeast? Sure! Break beer style conventions? Every day! Homebrewing combines several things I love: making something with my own hands with minimal equipment, problem solving and experimentation.
Then, as always, life happens. Between work, changing interests and the birth of two children, I seemed to no longer have time to brew. From 2013 to 2016 I made a total of two batches of beer. I still had the desire to make beer, still enjoyed seeing the occasional article or discussing with my brewing friends but couldn’t seem to find the time.
Enter 2016. Life had seemed to calm down and my wife and I were being more intentional with our time and money. I decided I wanted to make brewing a priority and saw that I could make that happen. This blog is my way of keeping that promise to myself.
My goal is to brew an example of each style listed in the BJCP Style Guidelines. I plan to write about my
misadventures and document the successes and failures along the way. I want to not only bring brewing back as a regular fixture in my life but also to inspire other homebrewers. I will attempt to brew a different style of beer every other week; some I’ve done before, others will be a completely new experience. Whether you’re new to the hobby and overwhelmed or it’s been a while and you’re thinking about getting back into it, I hope to demonstrate how with a little thought and planning you can easily brew great beer.
In the words of Charlie Papazian: Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew
- All Grain
- Hot Liquor Tank – 10 gallon Rubbermaid Cooler w/ ball valve
- Mash and Lauter Tun – 10 gallon Rubbermaid Cooler w/ ball valve and stainless steel braid
- Brew Kettle – 9 gallon Stainless Steel brew kettle with ball valve
- Heat Source – Bayou Classic Propane Burner
- Wort Chiller – 25′ 3/8″ Stainless Steel Immersion Chiller filled with ice water recirculated by fountain pump
- Fermenters – 5 and 6 gallon glass carboys
- Automation – None
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