I’ve been part of the home brewing community since 1994 when I first read Charlie P’s “Home Brewers Companion” and met my first homebrew store workers. Ever since then, I have always been amazed by the extraordinary kindness and generosity shown by everyone in the industry - from brewers to maltsters, shop owners to hourly staff, professionals to first time home brewers. Everyone is helpful, positive, and really, really good natured.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, my doctors told me to surround myself with people who would bring me great energy. And over the past few years I have been blessed to to have two groups of really positive, upbeat, and pleasant people in my life - my medical support team and home brewers like those on this board.
I always insisted that no matter what happened I would thank everyone who made my life a little better each day. And having received good news this past week, I want to make sure I thank all of you for bringing such positive attitudes, caring for others, and a real sense of humanity being friendly to each and all. You are what makes home brewing so special.
Sometimes I think it’s easy to forget how we all need that simple, friendly, and positive interactions in our life. As George Taylor Morris was so fond of quoting from the Fab Four, “the love you take is equal to the love you make”. So next time we crack open a home brew, I hope every one will take a second to relish in the spirit that makes this group - and our passion - so special. I know I will as well send out thanks to everyone here who makes my experience as a home brewer so fantastic.cheers everyone.