So, I just got my first home brewing kit for my birthday and I’m super excited to get it going. I have a buddy that loves to brew his own beer and I thought it was time for me to join in on the action. I’ve really become to appreciate really good beer and love trying new beer and expanding my taste pallet.
I want it now! The very first thing that I learned about home brewing is that it is one heck of a [waiting] process. After some boiling and mixing, you have to wait…and wait….and wait. Now, I’m still waiting, go figure, for my first legit home brew. I opened a bottle about a week ago and it wasn’t quite ready. The carbonation hand’t really happened yet but the flavor was outstanding. My first brew I’m making is a Pale Ale – one of my favorite styles of beer. I’ll give it another week to get carbonated.
I have officially experienced the “art of craft” that goes in to craft beer. I have some friends that have this craft down and I hope to get to their level after a couple more tries. My brew is not so “crafty”. The kit will do for now :).
This first process has been a great learning experience into what it takes to make a great beer and then, also, what works and doesn’t work. I was word for word with the directions from my kit and so far it has turned out well (minus some carbonation problems). I can’t wait to learn how to enhance my brew skills and start making some creative brews. I called this my “F.I.N.A.L.S.” brew. It was finished and bottled right as the week of finals started. So it was either going to be really good for F*ck I Actually Never Learned S*it (or how to brew). 😉