Craft Brew Week raises interest in homebrewing - – Rockford’s News Leader

Craft Brew Week raises interest in homebrewing

Let's talk about hobbies for a moment. Some of you might collect coins, others garden, but some go a different route with their creative skills.

After the process of a homebrew is complete, it's really up to you how long you wait to drink it. Some sit for months.

It'll be that long before Peter and Paul enjoy the fruits or grains rather, of their labor. They brew their own beer, right in their own kitchen.

"If we just wind up being able to consistently make good beer for ourselves and friends and family I'm happy with that," said Paul Bowen.

Peter and Paul join over a million others around the country taking part in the home brew movement according to the Brewers Association.

Something we can do, make ourselves, actually produce something," said Peter Gungel.

On this day, a Belgian Tripel steams up the lens as grains meet water and yeast and sugar render alcohol to create success or failure.

"On drinking day going, is this going to be good or did we make five dozen bottles of just nothing good," said Paul Bowen.

The duo hopes for the best. Tim Slocum thinks he can help them. With home brew shops few and far in between, he hopes to bring hops to Loves Park at Rock River Brewing Supply. Slocum wants to open in June.

"Basically the home brew shop is a definite need in the Rockford area. There's only one facility in the area and there's a huge need for it," said Slocum.

A veteran brewer himself, Slocum hopes to provide other home brew enthusiasts with all the necessary ingredients.

"Take some grains or even some malt extracts, boil those things into a sugar and have that yeast added in there and convert it to alcohol. Then bottle it up with your own labeling, it's very cool," said Slocum.

Currently, Slocum is working with the City of Loves park to get all the licensing needed to have his store up and running soon.
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