I am a married father of 4 young children, yes that’s right 4……. Let that sink in for a minute because you probably think that’s a handful and there is no time for brewing, well let me tell you it sure is a handful but with the necessary organisational skills or simply a delegation of duties to the wife, I can happily find the time to research, brew, drink and talk about beer. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. There is a lot more I could add to this which is part of the reason for starting this blog which I will bring up another day down the track.
For a long time my interests in life have been camping, fishing, 4 wheel driving, shooting, watching Aussie rules football and listening to music. With a young family its a bit hard these days to keep going off on the weekends now I brew at home so I can bring my two new loves in life together; family and beer. What I love about brewing beer, is that I can research what beers I am going to concoct when the kids are asleep for the night and on the weekend have a batch on before lunch. This leaves me plenty of time to spend with the wife and kids, as you know ‘Happy wife, happy life’.
I grew up in East Gippsland, Victoria Australia, where I spent the first 25 years of my life around great family and friends before moving to Traralgon with my new wife to start the great Australian dream. I’m not talking about 2.3 children, a Holden Commodore and a house, I’m talking about a beertabulous adventure!!! Who am I kidding, now that I was married, I just did as I was told by my father-in-law on our wedding night, which was just say “Yes dear”. After a couple of years, I got sick of drinking the same old beer from the shop and introduced myself to home brewing beer. I actually found a photo of my first ever brew, where I was intending to churn out a Carlton Draught clone from a recipe kit that I picked up from the local homebrew shop.
Anyway long story short, I don’t remember producing a great beer like I do today, which I’m sure was down to not having the online resources we now have available. In my upcoming posts, I will address all the issues I had as a beginner so you don’t have the same problems which I encountered. I started brewing in 2007 and finished in 2008 after only 4 or 5 batches due to taking a job in the city and moving into a shoebox in Melbourne’s South East.
All systems go.
Fast forward to 2016 where it’s a world of craft beer, hipsters, beer snobs, hop heads, really crappy pop music, memes and selfies. Leading up to this point I had evolved from drinking Carlton Draught during the footy season and VB during the summer of cricket (no I’m not swayed by the sponsors at all am I? Those damn beer ads got me good) to regularly sampling the James Squire range and branching out to trying anything new or different. This got me thinking to start brewing again so I recovered all my homebrew gear from storage where it sat in my garage again for another couple of months until I met an inspiring beer master that come over to Australia from the US. It was now time to dust off the brewing gear and rekindle myself with this obsession we call home brewing.
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Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below and tell me how you got into homebrewing and why you love it so much!