Randy West poses with some handmade beer from his 3-tier system.
Full Name: Randy West
Home Brewery name: The West Family Brewery
How long have you been brewing? About 2 1/2 years.
How did you get started brewing? I’d driven by The Home Brewery in Ozark enough times until it finally occurred to me, “why don’t I brew my own beer?”
How long have you been a member of the ZOO? I joined the month after I first started brewing.
How did you find out about the club? I took the Intro to Home Brewing class offered at The Home Brewery and it was there I heard about the club.
Typical batch size: 5 Gallon
Randy’s three-tier system.
Describe your brewing setup: I use a 3 tiered system, including the standard 10 gal cooler mash tun, and let gravity do as much of the work as possible.
What is your favorite style to brew? Not really a favorite style, but I enjoy brewing any recipe that includes ingredients or processes that I haven’t used in the past.
What has been your biggest challenge as a homebrewer? Drinking all the beer I make. I try to brew at least once a month so I usually have a lot beer around.
Have you ever had to dump a batch? The only beer I’ve dumped, was from a Budweiser keg that was given to me… it wasn’t completely empty.
What was the biggest mishap you ever encountered when brewing? I’ve had a leaking connection between my kegs ball-lock connector and the beer line that ended up costing me a couple gallons of beer before I noticed.
Randy’s well-stocked Keezer.
What has been your biggest success as a homebrewer? Having my beer judged by professional brewers and earning medals in competition is great, but I think my biggest success is throwing a party, and having 20-25 people at the house, all drinking a wide variety of the home brews I keep.
What is your favorite part of brewing your own beer? I’m a proponent of always learning something new (one of the reasons I started brewing), and even after brewing for a couple years, there’s plenty to learn, experiment, and improve on.
Do you have any other stories, facts, or information about yourself you would like to share with the club? I’m always amazed at the number of people I talk to at events, who either brew their own beer, or know someone who does. For those who brew, I would just recommend attending one of the ZOO Monthly Club Meetings, or finding a local club in your area. It’s a great opportunity to discuss and learn more about this great hobby.
Want to know more about Randy, his brewing, or why he wears rubber pants to every Homebrew Club meeting? Register for our forums and look him up. His Forum ID is rwestzz.