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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?
A total of 27 years; more seriously for the last 18.
What is your favorite beer style to make?
Most any type of pilsner (Czech, German, Italian, American), Czech Dark Lager, most any Belgian style, but especially the Trappists. I’ve been on a quest to brew the perfect amber Biere de Garde for quite a few years now.
Are you a member of any brew clubs or organizations?
I’m a founding member of the Rock Hoppers Brew Club, based out of Douglas county.
Have you won any medals or awards?
Yes. 135 at last count with two Best of Show awards and seven GABF ProAms – the first one was with Dry Dock in 2012.
Describe your brewing system or equipment.
I brew on a three-vessel SS Brewtech eBrewing system: a 20-gallon HLT, a 20-gallon kettle, and a 20-gallon InfuSsion Mash Tun with inline oxygenation and a plate chiller. Two Chugger pumps move the liquid around (only one is pictured, I’ve since upgraded but haven’t added the second one). Moving from the garage to my climate-controlled basement has made brewing less of an extreme sport.
What piece of equipment has made the most difference in your beer?
There are three of them: temperature-controlled fermentation with Tilt hydrometers to monitor, my pH meter, and the ability to close-transfer finished beer into kegs for packaging. Oh, and Spike Brewing’s steam condenser lid is a game-changer for bringing your brewing indoors.
What other fermented beverages have you made?
Wine, cider, mead. Prison hooch (kidding – maybe).
Do you have any other hobbies or special interests?
I enjoy web design and graphic design with a bit of front-end development sprinkled in to keep things interesting. Like many men of my particular age, I’ve recently taken up smoking meats. I really love to travel, though, and do so whenever the opportunity arises with Michelle, my partner in crime.
Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself?
I’m a BJCP-certified beer judge and particularly enjoy organizing homebrew competitions. I’ve been the organizer and judge coordinator for the Brew Hut’s Annual Homebrew Competition since 2016 and for my own club’s competition, Biere de Rock, since its inception in 2009. If you’ve entered or judged a competition online in recent years, chances are you’ve used an installation of the open-source competition management software I author and maintain Brew Competition Online Entry & Management.