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Old 01-23-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Hello all.
My family has been making their own alcoholic beverages for generations.
I actually inherited my grandparents bottle capper and stoneware crock that they used back in the day. The crock is strictly for decoration now, but I do still use the bottle capper. It makes me smile to think that it is still serving our family after all of these years.
For years I have made my own wines, Meads, and cordials. Back around Oct. I decided to pick up the family tradition and start making my own beer.
I mostly extract brew to do time, space, weather restrictions.
My first beer was picked up on a whim from a local home brew store. Cooper Draught. The manager gave me tips on how to improve on the kit and sure enough it made a very good light refreshing beer and I was hooked.
My next beer for Belgian Dubbel, then a Irish Red, and I just finished up bottling a Scottish 80/-
Besides bottling I also keg. I just purchased a small freezer and plan to turn it into a place to store, and dispense my beers.
In in the process of moving the brewing from the kitchen to a new brewing kitchen in the basement level.
So many projects so little spare time

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Old 01-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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Awesome, welcome to the forums!

I'm from Aurora as well, but at school in Peoria.

If you haven't yet, check out HeadHunters its a homebrew club that runs out of the homebrew store downtown.

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Old 01-23-2011, 11:24 PM   #3
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Greetings from Aurora as well!

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Old 01-24-2011, 10:28 AM   #4
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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well hello there! what a nice surprise to find some on here from Aurora and nearby cities.
Yes, I meet one or two of the headhunters. Seem like nice people. I really should check out a meeting. I'm in the Foxvalley Brew/wine shop quite often. It's so nice to have a HB store right in your neighborhool and even better, it's right on my way home from work! super helpful people there.

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Old 01-24-2011, 04:21 PM   #6
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Greetings from Geneva...

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Old 01-24-2011, 05:46 PM   #7
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Welcome. That's awesome that you are using the same bottle capper as generations have before you. Maybe my son will use my kit one day. In about 21 years that is!

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Old 01-24-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:48 PM   #9
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Welcome to the addiction we sometimes call brewing! And I'm out west of you, in the midst of corn and soybean fields, happily brewing away! Enjoy!

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Welcome from Naperville!

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