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Brewer: John Setzler
Location: Valdese, North Carolina, USA
I have been a homebrewer since 1994
Back in the mid 90's I had a friend who kept hounding me to stop drinking Coors Light and try some real beer! I finally caved in and accepted an invitation from him to a Sunday morning homebrewing session in his back yard. That Sunday morning changed my life as far as beer is concerned. It became a twice a month event. We would always brew 5 gallons of something and taste quite a few previous brews throughout the brew day. It was the only time and place I ever drank beer before noon.
After several months of this ritual, I decided I had learned enough to try it on my own. I was really hooked after my first homebrew which was my "Third Stone from the Sun Stout." The beer name just came from the background music I was enjoying while I was cooking beer on my stovetop in my apartment!
I spent quite a few years making nothing but malt extract recipes. As time and money permitted, I started putting together equipment do make all-grain recipes. I wish I had started this much earlier in my homebrewing career. It made significant improvements to the variety and character of beers I could produce on my own. Most recently, I have started upgrading most of my older equipment as shown in the photo above. I added a nice Blichmann BoilerMaker brew kettle, the EdelMetall Bru Burner, SS Brewtech stainless steel "Brew Bucket" conical fermenter, and a chest freezer with a temperature controller to use as a fermentation chamber.
I am an original member of our local "Catawba Lager & Ale Sampling Society" homebrewing club. This club, in conjunction with a local brewery, holds a Pro-Am every spring and I have been blessed with three medals out of the six beers I have entered into that competition. With some of my new equipment and processes, I hope to take my brewing to the next level and prove to be a serious competitor in that competition.