Customer of the Month – Keith Hughes

Keith Hughes

How long have you been homebrewing?

I have been homebrewing for 26 years, off and on

What is your favorite beer style to make?

IPA’s for now. The goal of the new brew system is to really learn German beers. 

Are you a member of any brew clubs or organizations? 

I am just a member of the AHA. 

Have you won any medals or awards?

Nope, I have not. 

Describe your brewing system or equipment

I’m coming off a homemade three tier system that I brewed in the garage. Now, I have a Blichman Top Tier with a RIMS system, and I built the controller from parts from Auber. When I bought this house, it has an ugly storage room in the basement, and I had dreams of converting it to a “brewery”. Three years later… and a lot of pain, she’s just getting started. 

What piece of equipment or brewing process has made the most difference in your beer?

Up until now, it’s probably been the RIMS system. I always struggled with temp control. But going forward, I’m building a glycol chiller for my fermentation, and I’ll bet that’s going to be more significant – or I hope so!

What other fermented beverages have you made?

I have only made beer. 

List of any other hobbies or interests. 

Prior to this year, a friend and I did competition BBQ and part of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Surprisingly, beer and BBQ go pretty well together. 

Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself?

I was in the Air Force in the Seattle Area in the early 90’s. I really wasn’t much of a beer fan until I moved to the Pacific Northwest and tried my first Red Hook (when they were still Red Hook), or Alaskan Amber. Then a friend invited me to come brew with him and some friends in his apartment. I thought these guys were crazy, brewing beer, when there were so many great options. Little did I know, it would become a lifelong obsession! Oh well… at least I have “cheap beer” now, right!? Cheers!