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  • My Name is Ben O'Connor and my wife Allison and I own O'Connor's Home Brew Supply in Grand Rapids, MI. We are located just east of Martha's Vineyard at 619 Lyon St. NE. We offer a full supply of Beer and Wine Making Supplies at competitive prices. We provide knowledgeable and friendly service to home brewers of all levels. Stop in and see us when you are ready to brew your next batch.
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  • A co-worker in North Carolina mentioned that he watched his neighbor brew and wanted to try it himself. I ended up going to the home brew shop with him on lunch break where I bought my first start up kit. I immediately was hooked and have not looked back. I started on the stove with a two plastic bucket setup then upgraded to a picnic cooler mash tun and a propane burner, which I still use today.
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  • Posted in thread: Now Hiring a Shop Assistant on 04-27-2014 at 05:11 PM
    O’Connor’s HBS is looking for a well qualified, hard working individual to work
    with our team as a shop assistant. You must be available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
    This is a weeke...

  • Posted in thread: Local beer suggestions on 11-01-2013 at 08:56 PM
    In MI: Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, Short's, Greenbush, Kuhnhenn, Dragonmead,
    Right BrainAnd if you can find it in the Chicago-area, get some Three Floyds.

  • Posted in thread: Porter racked on Dark Cherries secondary on 11-01-2013 at 08:45 PM
    Honestly, it's a lot more likely for you to get too much wood flavor than it is for you to get
    too much cherry flavor. I'm guessing that your yeast will consume all the sugar from the
    cherries within ...

  • Posted in thread: 100% Rye Malt Brew on 11-01-2013 at 08:32 PM
    In my experience, beers with large quantities of rye get really thick and viscous. Personally,
    I don't care for the mouthfeel. It's not something I would discourage from, as I'm sure it
    would be a lea...

  • Posted in thread: Seasonal Beer - What are You Brewing? on 11-01-2013 at 08:26 PM
    Lots of cider, and I just bottled a 1.5 year old dry mead.

  • Posted in thread: Imperial IPA on 11-01-2013 at 08:25 PM
    Looks awesome! Let us know how it turns out.

  • Posted in thread: fermentation question on 10-30-2013 at 10:02 PM
    What's your Final Gravity at? If your beer is near terminal gravity, I would not risk stirring
    it as you'll run the risk of oxidizing it. If you're concerned it's not fermenting out
    completely, try re...

  • Posted in thread: Craft beer in Florida? on 10-30-2013 at 06:53 PM
    Saint Somewhere makes some great bottle-conditioned Belgian ales.

  • Posted in thread: Do u think stone is a top 5 brewery in the U.S.? on 10-30-2013 at 06:49 PM
    I've never really had a bad Stone beer. I think Greg Koch is hilarious, and I respect any
    brewery that large that consistently delivers tasty, unforgettable beers.

  • Posted in thread: Hoppy Dunkelweizen? on 10-30-2013 at 06:45 PM
    I have never done this, but my main thought would be to pick a hop that won't clash with
    clove-character of the yeast and the chocolate-like malt. To me, this eliminates most big
    American IPA hops. In...

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