My name is Ben Sodenberg and I am the author of this blog. For the past 15 years, I have been seriously interested in brewing and making wine at home. I started by buying simple all-in-one kits and at first, it suited me perfectly. For about two years, I basically used only similar kits from supermarkets. They are convenient because they contain all the necessary components.
Later it became interesting to me to understand the process of wine production more deeply, as well as beer. In 2006, I assembled my first home brewing plant. It was a simple setup for making five liters at a time. I must say, it was still a pleasure, but I poured out the first few batches—it was terrible sour! I still did not know how to measure the pH of the water and because of this I constantly spoiled the finished product. The equipment also failed me many times, because at that time I bought mostly cheap and used components at the local flea market.
Over time came the experience and understanding of the correct process. I learned to understand the difference between direct and reverse distillation, as well as choosing the right enzymes for making drinks. I already know how the material from which the installation is made affects the taste of the drink. And I agree there is a difference if you cook in metal or plastic containers.
In my blog, I share with readers the experience I have acquired in 15 years of making wine and beer at home. I write my reviews on various components, ranging from ready-made kits from the supermarket to my experience in choosing a mini fridge for a kegerator. By the way, the use of a conventional refrigerator allowed me to save a lot of money. If I bought a special refrigerator, I would overpay about $500 for the same size. I’ve already had this experience, why don’t you learn from it? I urge everyone to carefully study my articles, save some money, and enjoy the process of making wine or beer.
I will be very happy if you take part in the discussion of my articles. Of course, your experience is also useful and interesting for me. We may even be able to organize a community and share interesting ideas and thoughts with each other. It would also be great to organize a joint party with tasting drinks that we prepared with our own hands. I live in Dallas, Texas. If you live somewhere nearby or often visit this part of the world, I will be glad to discuss the latest news over a bottle of brewed beer.