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  • Exactly as the name suggests.  Interviews conducted with various homebrewers from all over.

  • We are very exited to bring you this next Interview with a Homebrewer.  Our next interviewee has a long history in the homebrewing and beer communities.  The author of two books (linked images below) as well as multiple articles in assorted beer and brewing publications, he has the homebrewing pedigree that most homebrewers (some professional brewers too) would love to have.  We bring to the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame, Mr. Marty Nachel. To find out more about Marty outside of this article, follow this link:  Ale-Conner
    Marty Nachel
    Name:
    Marty Nachel


    Day Job:Formerly in the fields of welding and fabrication. Currently self-employed (Beer Writer, Beer and Brewing Instructor).

    When did you start homebrewing?
    In the Summer of 1985. By 1987 I was already dabbling with oak-aging my beer.

    What got you into homebrewing? A person? An unfulfilled interest? Sheer boredom?
    I was really into beer and I figured the best way to learn more about it was to start brewing it myself -so I did.

    Do you belong to a homebrew club? What is it?
    At that time, I belonged to the Chicago Beer Society, but a few years later, a fellow CBS member and myself decided to start our own club closer to home. The Brewers of South Suburbia (B.O.S.S.) recently celebrated its 21st anniversary.

    Where do you brew? Inside/outside?
    Always inside...I feel I have much more control over overything.

    Where do you ferment? Have you had to do anything creative to facilitate this?
    In the Midwest, we're fortunate to have full concrete basements; these are great big beer storage rooms -especially in the winter.

    Do you have a pet name for your homebrewing enterprise? If so, can you give us a little background?
    I've kiddingly referred to my little operation it as "Bust-a-Nut Brewery", but never got serious about it. I don't bother with names and labels these days.

  • Kevin Cosentino & Friend

    In our ongoing interview series, we now subject our next homebrewer to the klieg light of fame.  When he's not banging away at his computer keyboard, our interviewee is hard at work on his next home brewed endeavor.  Let's hear it for Kevin Cosentino.

    Name: Kevin Cosentino

    Day Job:Software Engineer

    When did you start homebrewing?

    September 2006

    What got you into homebrewing?A person? An unfulfilled interest? Sheer boredom?

    My friend and I were sitting around drinking craft beer when a commercial for the Sam Adams homebrew competition came on. We figured it would be fun to brew our own, so we went out and bought a kit and ingredients, and brewed a pale ale later that day. Ever since drinking that first bottle, I've been hooked.

  • A hobby well chosen by our next featured homebrewer.  With a background in microbiology and chemistry, this brewer should have no problems working the finicky nature of some of beers complex ingredients.  Having brewed for quite some time also means he's moved from "kit" to "keg" (not sure if he kegs or not, but I needed something fluid to write).  Please welcome to the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame, Homebrew Dave Morton  - @dmonbeer.  Oh yeah, he hails from Altrincham, United Kingdom.

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    Name:
    Dave Morton


    Day Job: Legionella Risk Assessor, although previously I've worked as a chemist & microbiologist for breweries.

    When did you start homebrewing?
    When I was about 17 - more than 20 years ago.


    What got you into homebrewing? A person? An unfulfilled interest? Sheer boredom?
    I saw the kits in Boots The Chemist & wanted cheap alcohol. To have something I'd made myself was a small bonus back then. As time progresses, the palate refines & you get money in your pocket so you don't need a cheap source of alcohol anymore. Now I brew because I can make the beer styles I want better than some of those in the supermarket.

    Do you belong to a homebrew club? What is it?
    No. I have some homebrewing friends who share information & beers when we meet up.


    Where do you brew? Inside/outside?
    I brew on the patio outside the back door. I put the gazebo up in bad weather.


    Where do you ferment? Have you had to do anything creative to facilitate this?
    Ontop of the fridge where my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter can't get it! Its a bit tricky raising 40 pints of liquid above your head!


    Do you have a pet name for your homebrewing enterprise? If so, can you give us a little background?
    Hyperbole Brewery - 'cos all my beers are amazing! I like the word hyperbole as you can claim what you want & people (hopefully) know you're not being too serious. Also that some Americans might think its a sports fixture at the end of the regular season.


    How large are your batches?
    Almost exclusively 40 pints limited by the size of my mash tun.

  • Up next in our ongoing interview series is a man with drive and ambition to spare.  He comes to us from lovely Novato, CA.  When he's not out whipping someone into shape, he can probably be found whipping up his next batch of homebrew.  Let's give a warm cellar welcome for Mr. Alan Atha.  You can also find out more about Alan at his blog Beltane Brewing

    Name:   Alan Atha
     
    Day Job:  Personal Trainer/Cycling CoachPB050001
     
    When did you start homebrewing?
    I went full bore one year ago.
     
    What got you into homebrewing? A person? An unfulfilled interest?  Sheer boredom?
    I had the flu and was in bed reading a Savor Magazine.  It had a great article on the new Italian Brewing scene and I loved the article.  I then went onto the web to delve further into this particular topic, having been in the Piedmont area and only drinking wine!  I immediately went out and bought a used set up, 15 gal capacity with pumps for a HERMS build.  This set up came with a 14.5 Blickman fermenter and I was set up!
     
  • Imagine, as a homebrewer, having three months every summer with nothing to do but watch reruns.  Our newest homebrewer has just such a problem.  As a teacher (bravo), he has the summer months to himself and is making the most of it.  Having just started homebrewing late last year, this homebrewer is making up for lost time.  Welcome to the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame, Mr. Greg Yelland.  They teach psychology in high school?  

    Name:
    Greg Yelland Greg Yelland

    Day Job: High School psychology teacher and varsity assistant baseball coach

    When did you start homebrewing?
    I brewed my first ever batch (Brewers Best Red Ale) on November 17th, 2011.


    What got you into homebrewing? A person? An unfulfilled interest? Sheer boredom?
    I was in desperate need of a hobby. My wife travels for work a lot and I am stuck at home watching "Back to the Future" for the third time in the same weekend. I knew a couple of friends who homebrewed so I called them up. They gave me a list of items I would need to start, and I celebrated my 29th birthday by purchasing my beginners brewing kit.


    Do you belong to a homebrew club? What is it?
    Currently, no. But I do have a handful of friends who all come together on brew days and hang out. And because we brew at least once a month I guess it could constitute as a club. I suppose I should start collecting their dues...


    Where do you brew? Inside/outside?
    I began brewing in the kitchen. My wife didn't mind too much as long as I cleaned up promptly when I was finished... but I needed more space. I have gotten to be very OCD when it comes to setting up my brew days. I set up my turkey fryer outside along with a folding table. I lay out all of my equipment and resources to make sure everything is accounted for and clean. I have found that being outside makes the experience better for me, regardless of the cold Michigan winters. It is the same feeling you get sitting in the woods waiting for that monster buck... being outside in Michigan is a beautiful thing!

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