Home Brew to Artisan Bread: Why I stopped making beer and started baking bread

For Father’s Day 2012, my wife and kids bought me a home brewing kit. I thought it was the perfect gift. I Home Brewloved beer and the technical aspects of making it. I was going to make it my hobby and spend lots of time experimenting with various styles.  Sharing it with my friends and family would make me a popular guy.

I researched for hours on the web about the various methods of making styles of beer. I found a Youtube channel created by a Hamilton Ontario gentlemen called Craig Farraway. He was an interesting cat. Stay at home Dad, gourmet cook, avid home brewer and musician. He has quite a following and posted a video on how to make home-brew easy. I started my first batch using this video.

I brought my iPad down to the basement and started the process. I decided to make a Czech styled Pilsner. I was surprised that it was quite easy. I had a 5 gallon pail that I used to ferment the beer. I then waited for about a month to bootle all the delicious beer. I remember tasting it for the first time. It was heaven. I always loved beer but making my own was almost a spiritual experience.

I loved it so much that my beer consumption went up and so did the size of my belly. I never abused the stuff but I was drinking more beer than I usually did. The pounds started packing on and I made a decision: I need to stop home brewing or choose a healthier hobby. I know many of you are going to say that I should just practice restraint, but I couldn’t. It was just darn good.

Bread MakingOne day I was surfing the web and came across a website called Breadtopia.  I thought it would be cool to make my own healthy, organic, artisan bread. We had a bread maker that we bought some time ago gathering dust in the basement. I pulled it out and started the process. I was going to use yeast for a different purpose this time.

My first recipe was organic spelt bread. It was delicious hardy and healthy. My kids and wife went nuts over it. The house smelled so good. It was healthier then beer. There was no downside! This would be my new hobby.

Running Junk It can be stressful. We have lots of customers, employees and logistics involved with providing junk removal in Toronto. I need a hobby to decompress and reduce my stress. Bread making fits the bill and my wife thinks it’s pretty cool that she has a husband who is a bread baker.

By Christopher Luciano, CEO of Junk It!

New Launch of Junkit.ca
Junk Removal Website LaunchHey everyone, check out how good our new website looks!

For quite some time now, the web development team have been tucked away in their office, only coming out every so often for food and water.

The Reason?

They wanted to create a brand new website which had the most user friendly experience in the biz for booking Junk removal.

The Result?

They think that they did a pretty good job. And we agree, 100%

The new Junk It! website was launched during the first week of 2013. We have loaded it with new features that make it easier to book junk removal or dumpster rentals. One notable new feature is our live chat feature. You can decide to chat with any of our customer WOW specialists. They are there to help you out and answer any questions you have. We have also aggregated all our social media channels onto one page. You can see all our pages from Pinterest to Twitter all in one place.

We have also re-engineered the online booking system making it easier for repeat customers to re-order. Are you a returning customer? You can sign into Junk It! using your log in information to see your complete order history. Don’t remember which bin size you ordered last time? No problem, just log in and check for yourself.

We have staff bios, customer reviews, tutorial videos and MUCH MUCH MORE.

Take a look around and let us know what you think. Your feedback is important to us, and hey, sometimes we just like for you guys to say hello.

Get To Know The Junk Removal Team
Heather Thurlow Our first entry in the series of JuNK iT! profiles shines a light on one of our office staff. Heather has been with the company since the summer and has been a valued member of the team, working every Saturday. That’s right folks, EVERY SATURDAY. She balances that along with a full time school work load. She’s quite the employee to have. Here is a quick look into Heathers life:

Name:  Heather Thurlow

Q. What’s your favourite part of the job?

Very relaxed, casual atmosphere

Everyone is really helpful whenever I have questions

Getting to talk with the customers

Q. What’s your most memorable Job that you’ve been a part of here at Junk iT!

Just this one!

Q. What  do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies?, Interests?

Go shopping
Watch movies
Play Volleyball

Q. Do you have any pets?

My family has a sheltie named Maggie that I love more than anything!

Q. What hidden talents do you have?

I can play the Piano and Flute.

I’m also a good Kickboxer!

Q. Do you have a nickname? If so what is it?


Q. Favorite colour?


Q. Favorite food?

Anything Italian: pasta, pizza…

Q. What is your favorite music band/artist?

I can’t just pick 1! But a few would be Coldplay, John Mayer, Florence & the Machine

Q. Favorite tv show?

Dexter and Breaking Bad

Q. Favourite Movie?

The Holiday

Q. Favourite  City?


Q. Favourite landmark in Toronto / Ontario?

Niagara Falls

UPDATE: Almost sold out for Victoria Weekend. Order soon.