Brewing: A New Hobby/Passion

By scot in Home Brewing on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

brewing process

I think there comes a time in most craft beer drinkers enjoyment that they decide to dig a little deeper into the craft. There are many ways that this can be done: hone your tasting skills, become a tasting judge, join a beer club, start brewing and the list can go on.

I have been trying to hone my tasting skills by reading a book on tasting that I found to be outstanding, Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher. The great thing about this book, Randy, the author, is from the Chicagoland area, I hope I get a chance to meet him. I am by no means a great beer reviewer but I feel my skills have improved and I hope to continue to allow them to evolve.

It is time to continue the cultivation of my understanding of fine quality beer and start the brewing process. Hold your applause to the end please. I have been tossing around the idea with Rich and my wife off and on. free run 5.0 +3 femmes We all thought it would be best to just learn more about beer before I dive into it. So I have been reading online, books, lurking in forums, and listening to brewing podcasts. Tons of information to store into my abnormally small cranium. I also have been talking, via email, with the assistant brewery from Tyranena Brewing Company up in Wisconsin. He has been a huge help.

The next step was securing a brew kit. They aren’t expensive but do you know how much “hobby” crap I have laying around the house. I had to figure a way to cheaply get a kit without cutting corners. The hamster started running in the habitrail to energize my brain and thought started coming to me at the blinding speed of a tortoise. Finally I remembered my wife’s two brothers trying to brew beer back 12 years or so ago without much success. Neither is a craft beer lover and neither had a clue what they were doing. After their failed brewing attempt all their good equipment laid dormant in my in-laws basement.

I asked my wife to see if it was okay to use/borrow/steal/have their brewing equipment and, I have to say, both Joe and Brian gave an enormous yes. I have some cleaning ahead of me or should I say my wife does. 🙂 I hope to be brewing beer in the next month or so as I want to give myself the best shot to brew something drinkable. Enjoy!

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