KVP Brewing
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I'm a home brewer not a commercial brewer by any means. Maybe someday!

 I started with a Mr. Beer kit my wife gave me for Christmas 2001. I quickly moved to extract and full boils. The next move was to get away from bottling and start kegging. This of course meant I needed a means of dispensing the keg. Well this can turn into a run away train. I bought a used fridge cheap and put three taps in the door. Later I added two more taps. That is a full fridge with five cornie kegs and CO2 bottle in it. The next step was to move to all grain in early 2005. Fall of 2005 I built a HERMS system and added oxygen injection instead of an air pump for aeration.

WOOHOO, birthday in October recieved a plate chiller.

Christmas 2005, WOOHOO, recieved a 14.5 gallon conical fermenter.

January 2, 2006 started trying my hand at wine too.

WOOHOO, Christmas 2006 recieved Crankandstein CGM-3D mill. Now I can buy grain in bulk and save money! Ha, who are we fooling? This hobby (obsession) is like a boat in the water - a hole that you put money into. But what fun!!

 To some this may seem a slow progression and to others it may seem quick. To all those that are new to brewing I say do what feels right to you.

 Good beer can be made with extract and partial boils just as it can with all grain and full boils or any combination in between. Each and everything in between has it's advantages and disadvantages. Find what works for you! Read everything you can. There is a wealth of information on the web and your local homebrew store or club is worth it's weight in gold.

A lot of information is available from the various catalog/web vendors as well. Take a look at my links page.

My favorites so far are Williams Brewing and Beer,Beer and More Beer. I have not had a bad experience with either of these vendors yet.

 I'm located in Northern Maryland and have been a member of the local brew club since March 2004. The Libation Association of Northern Maryland.

Find a club in your area, you won't be sorry.

 My choice for supplies locally is Maryland Homebrew in Columbia. A friendlier and more knowledgeable staff I couldn't imagine.

 We are into canoeing, hence the name of our signature brews.

  

The Mayonnaise Jar And the Beer

 

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the beer.

 An Irish professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

 The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

 The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked one more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

 The professor then produced two cans of Killians beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

 "Now", said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

 "The golf balls are the important things-your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full."

 "The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car."

 "The sand is everything else-the small stuff."

 "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

 Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes of golf.

 There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

 One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

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