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The brewery was Aurora, Colorado’s first when owners Kevin DeLange and Michelle Reding opened with a 7 BBL brewhouse in a 900-square-foot space in 2005.
How long have you been brewing? Since 2007. I got my first homebrew kit while living in the San Francisco Bay Area and then really started brewing consistently around 2012.
What is your favorite beer style to make? Mixed fermentation sours. I love the way that the bacteria and various fruits add so much complexity and flavor to the beer.
Have you won any medals or awards? I’ve won quite a few awards over the past few years, mostly hear in Colorado. I’m most proud of two awards; a bronze medal at the National Homebrew Competition, and Best of Show at the Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Competition.
Describe your brewing system or equipment. I currently have a 10 gallon all grain brewery setup. My mash tun is a 10 gallon orange igloo cooler, with a fly sparge manifold I built out of copper pipe that sits on top. I boil in a Mega Pot, sitting on top of a Blichmann Hellfire burner. For transferring and cooling, I use a pump and plate chiller that I built a little “caddie” for out of PVC and wood. Makes everything somewhat portable and easy to store.
What piece of equipment has made the most difference in your beer? I think adding the plate chiller & pump. When I was using an immersion chiller, I could never get the beer cold enough in the warmer months using groundwater so I had to run ice baths and pond pumps. With the plate chiller, I can get down to pitching temperatures a lot faster just with ground water. There’s a bit more cleaning needed at the end of the brew day, but less lifting and the ability to fly sparge made it faster and easier to brew 10 gallons of higher gravity beers with the same 10 gallon cooler mash tun.