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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 homebrewing?
I have been homebrewing since about 1995. I was buying my supplies from the Brew Hut when Scott owned it. I remember when Kevin bought the Brew Hut. He was full of enthusiasm. I had no idea that his vision then would become such a fantastic combination of supply store and brewery. But I realized he made very good beer when he opened the tasting room.
What is your favorite beer style to make?
When I started out, Pale ales and IPA’s were my favorite beers to make, but I tried my hand at everything. (I still have to keep my fridge stocked with a Pale Ale or IPA.) I am most fascinated with Belgian styles because of the incredible range of flavor possibilities, especially from the vast array of yeasts. And recently I got a freezer so am starting to try my hand at Lagers. (But that extra month lagering is a long time to wait to drink them.)
Are you a member of any clubs or organizations?
I’ve been a member of the Homebrewers Association for many years, and the Parker Hopoholics for just over a year.
Have you won any medals or awards?
I was never interested in competition. I always just brewed to satisfy my own tastes. But my goal was always to make better beer. I now believe that having judges comment about your beer probably helps you hone in on better beer. Having said that, I just entered my first competition in September with an Octoberfest Lager.
Describe your brewing system or equipment.
For years I brewed only Extract beer. I believe that you can make great beer with extract. However, I was intrigued by the new electric brew systems and bought a Robobrew two years ago and started all-grain brewing.
What piece of equipment or brewing process has made the most difference in your beer?
Two things have made the most difference in my brewing. One is making a yeast starter, and the other is the freezer for better temperature control. (And now I can lager!)
What other fermented beverages have you made?
I made wine for a while. I started with kits then made it with fresh grapes. They weren’t bad—some very good. However, as a hobby, I prefer brewing because of the limitless possibilities in a recipe. Wine pretty much is about the grapes, but beer is you–your imagination and your process.
List of any other hobbies or interests.
My main hobby for the last 35 years was sports car road racing. I raced many different cars and won some championships along the way. I became an instructor and have taught others for the last 20 years. I also enjoy the solitude of hiking in the mountains, most memorably the John Muir Trail, in the Sierra Nevada.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I bake my own bread, (and sometimes I put spent grains in it.)
I have a collection of beer glasses—most of them from Belgium and Germany.
I learned to be a pilot in 1971, courtesy of the US Air Force.