August Customer of the Month

Chris Mabie

  • How long have you been homebrewing/winemaking? I’ve been home brewing for a little over 2 years. My wife, Tanya, surprised me and bought me the equipment in Dec. 2019 for Christmas. Then COVID happened and everything shut down and we were bored so I said “Let’s start brewing.” Since then, I’ve been brewing about a beer a month.

     

  • What are your favorite styles to make? I really love brewing IPA’s and Stouts. My favorite recipes that I’ve created were a Blood Orange Milkshake IPA and Chocolate Milkshake Peppermint Stout.
  • Are you a member of any brew clubs or organizations? Not yet, but I’ve been following the Aurora City Brew Club on Facebook. It looks like a great group of people and seems like they are having fun. I’m looking to sign up in Jan. of 2023.
  • Have you won any medals or awards? Not yet, but I’d like to get a little more serious about competing over the next couple of years.
  • Describe your brewing system or equipment: I have a 10-gallon brew kettle, two of the 5-gallon Anvil Fermenters, a grain mill, and a mash tun.

     

  • What piece of equipment or brewing process has made the most difference in your beer and/or wine? A mash tun.  I made a move over to all-grain when I traded an older kegerator for a mash tun with a friend of mine. I think I got the better end of the deal. Plus I got to buy a new kegerator from The Brew Hut.
  • What other fermented beverages have you made? I have not tried anything else, but I wouldn’t mind trying to make wine just to see how it turns out.

     

  • List of any other hobbies or interests. I enjoy hiking up 14ers in the Summer and Fall. There’s nothing better than getting out of town for a little while. Any beer tastes great on top of a mountain, especially if it’s Piggyback Rides from Launch Pad Brewery.
  • Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself? Home brewing has really become more of a social outlet for me than anything else. It’s a chance for my friends and I to get together. We love to bbq, drink and brew beer. I usually bottle some beer and take it over to Launch Pad for a tasting with a bunch of our friends. We always let the staff at Launch Pad try the beer and they are always happy to give me honest feedback on my home brew, whether it’s good or bad.