Home-brewing store gives beer lovers a reason to raise a glass

11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, October 29 2017 Oct 29, 2017 Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:19:00 AM CDT October 29, 2017 in News
By: Daniel Litwin, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Keith Heckman has been a self-proclaimed beer nerd for as long as he's been drinking alcohol. It wasn't until 15 years ago, sitting on his apartment couch with his roommate, that he first considered making some of his own.

"We're watching Good Eats with Alton Brown. He does an episode on making beer and we realize this is incredibly simple," said Heckman, who know owns brewing supplies store Worts & All.

He checked out a few books from the library, picked up a starter kit from Cool Stuff, and made his first batch of beer, albeit with some complications along the way.

"The books tell you, 'When you put your hops in, watch it! There's a good chance it might boil over.' So I stood there and I watched it for a little bit, and went, 'It looks fine.' I went to sit on my couch, and then you hear it hit the glass top," Heckman said. 

Now, he's running a brewing supply shop with dreams of inspiring new brewers and connecting the ever-growing American home-brewing community.

Worts & All has everything a novice brewer would need to get started, from equipment such as stainless steel pots, ladles and spiggets, to more than 30 different grain flavors ranging from Mesquite Smoked to Chocolate Malt. 

He said that's not the kind of thing stocked by grocery stores.

"You're just not gonna find all these grains, there's no hops." Heckman said.

Heckman is also trying to supply knowledge and wisdom. According to the Home Brewers Association, close to 1.2 million Americans are brewing their own beer, and Heckman is trying to tap into that spirit here in Columbia.

"I'm trying to do at least one beginners class per month, and that's how to make beer in your kitchen - not a whole lot of equipment," Heckman said.

The classes follow the entire process of making a home-brewed beer, starting with boiling water and ending with a three-week fermentation process.

"I like to teach, and this is something I'm passionate about, so it makes it really easy to teach it," Heckman said.

He tries to convince novices that creating your own brew is easy enough once you've purchased all of the supplies, and that there's no one right way to do it. It can be treated like an art or a science, as long as the brewer is enjoying the process.

"If you enjoy crafts at all, or have a passion for crafts beer, it's either going to be another fun hobby, or you're going to understand and appreciate even the commercial beers that you have," Heckman said.

Worts & All's website has information on classes.

More News

Grid
List
COLE COUNTY - One man is dead after being ejected from his car during a crash Saturday night. Michael... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 9:15:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
PECULIAR - Fourth generation dairy farmer Jay Fogle is one of many Missouri milk cow operators who are struggling to... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was killed in a crash late Saturday night off Blackfoot Road and Parkside Drive, police said.... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:47:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - One person was killed and several people were injured in a crash involving a trolley, according to the... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:57:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:11:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:58:08 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:48:36 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:50:24 AM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After realizing the underrepresentation of Hispanic business owners in mid-Missouri, three Hispanic professionals established a group of 12... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one. Our game of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - Two Midwest companies issued separate food recalls this week for bacterial contamination concerns. Hy-Vee said its supplier,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 4:53:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN (AP) — Toxicology tests show that a boater was drunk when he slammed into a bluff at Missouri's Lake... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:41:35 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians and the FourFront Marginalized Student Council held a solidarity walk Friday to show... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA), along with multiple medical associations, reaffirmed their opposition to the three... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:50:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For the fourth consecutive year, Project Homeless Connect provided services Friday for people who are experiencing homelessness... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 12:10:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
2pm 55°
3pm 57°
4pm 58°
5pm 57°