Running sure does make you thirsty. The best holiday present I gave the hubs -> a home brew kit. My lil’ engineer is applying his knowledge to making delicious home brew concoctions. Or as Norak would say, moonshine.
I knew he would take it seriously, but he’s got this down to a science.
With the AMAZING help of a dear friend, Ms Kristina, I found a great local brew master shop that gave me everything I needed. Highly recommend getting something at a store rather than ordering online for a slew of reasons. Our first homemade brew is similar to New Belgium Fat Tire. You can get a recipe pretty close to real deal, but obviously our ingredients aren’t as fancy as New Belgium.
The home brewing took about 4 hours (and stunk up the kitchen a bit). I’m sure our second time will be much easier. From there, the carboy sat in our bathtub for two weeks to simmer. That way if the thing went drastically wrong, it would explode in a place we could easily clean up, lol.
We were able to sample the beer in its infancy, with no carbonation. Imagine flat Coke. It wasn’t awful so we are hopeful the final product will be tasty. Then we bottled – that’s def the most fun. The recipe ended up making close to 50 beers. The beers will finally be ready in another week and we are anxious to taste what happened. And of course, we will need a name. But like a naming a child, Andrew is waiting to taste the beer before he labels it.
So there, that’s how beer is made, ha. Who doesn’t love good hobby? If only I had the brass to make wine, now that would be serious.
What’s one of your favorite/odd hobbies?