I guess it’s time to start a blog.

Not that I think anyone will actually read it, but who knows.

Hi. My name is Jason but they call me Ratchet. Except for my momma, she calls me Jason. My ex-wife calls me J. My son calls me dad. For some strange reason several people in Knoxville call me Jakira. I don’t like that last one. If you call me anything, call me Ratchet.

  Now that I got the pleasantries of introduction out of the way, let me tell you about me and my intentions for this blog. I am a homebrewer who loves craft beer. That being said, I’m not a heavy drinker. I might drink beer on the weekends IF I can find a night to do so. I know as a brewer and craft beer afiando, that might sound sacreligious. I am going to use this  blog as a way to document my hobby of homebrewing. My hobby is time and labor intensive, but very rewarding.

I have dreams of brewing beer for a living. Ultimately I’d like to own a small brewpub. I don’t know exactly how I am going to get there, being I live paycheck to paycheck and come from a poor family. I should play the lottery (aka the dream tax) but I need that extra dollar each week for food, beer ingredients, etc. I used to call my brewery Kaos Brewing Company.  I’ve called my homebrewing efforts that for about 11 years or so. Howver, I’ve come to the conclusion that my homebrewing efforts are anything but Kaotic. So I changed things up and started calling my home brewery Ratchet Brews.  I just recently designed a logo. If I had the money I’d trademark the name and copywright the logo. It’s something I’m currently looking into.

Anyway, I brew all grain, 10 gallons at a time. My brewpot is a Blichmann 20 Gallon Boilermaker. I use the Blichmann hop blocker in it, and heat with my Blichmann burner. My mash tun is a converted Sanke Keg that I purchased from a local homebrew club member. I use a 10 gallon rubbermaid drink cooler as my hot liqour tank. I also have a plate chiller from Rebel Brewer. I pump my wort with a march pump and ferment in better bottles. Currently I have a honey lager that has been lagering for a month and a half that I plan on bottling this weekend. I have 10 gallons of pale ale in the primary that is moving to secondary soon. I also have 10 gallons of Imperial Stout in primary fermenters as well.

I will post more later.

-Ratchet

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