Alright, my friends. So, as you know, I’m the bearded brewer, and this is my blog, which is mostly devoted to brewing. And yeah, I do have a beard.
But by day I’m a contractor.
And this post is to warn you guys about something I’ve frequently encountered on the job, and in my own basement while I’m brewing. Mold.
I spend a lot of time in the ‘ole basement getting my organic brew on. And for a long time, my basement was a dank, dark place. Made it pretty dang hard to brew. I’d get all depressed being down there, even though I loved the brewing. And sometimes I’d get weird headaches.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was a mold sensitivity. When I finally figured it out, I cleaned the hell out of that basement and did some good, wholesome home-handyman mold remediation.
To be honest with you, it isn’t that hard. Basically, you need two things: a dehumidifier, and an air scrubber (and it’s important that it’s an air scrubber, not just an air purifier). It’s not hard to get ahold of this stuff, either. I got all of mine at this site called Air Purity. But you could pick it up somewhere else, too. Those dudes were cool, though, so I’d recommend that you call them.
I mention this because I had no idea it was mold that was causing my depression. Sometimes you just don’t realize that your state of mind is being caused by environmental factors. You tend to want to attribute it to what’s going on in your life, what you’ve accomplished or not accomplished, and so on. But dudes, sometimes you’re just suffering from mold sensitivity, and a good dehumidifier + air scrubber combo is just what the doctor ordered. Seriously!
So guys, if you spend a lot of time in that basement brewing your brews, you may want to check out the mold situation. It might need to be abated, if you know what I mean.
Bearded Brewer Out!
P.S.: Here are some legit resources on mold sensitivity and mold abatement. Read up.