Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Brewty and the Yeast

Check that title. I'm so clever....

But really, let's get serious. Or at least as serious as I can be expected to be on a blog post regarding homebrewing and a punny Disney title.

Anyway.

My sister and brother-in-law gave 'the man' a home brew kit for Christmas. It came with a basic starter brew that will be ready for consumption this weekend. I, of course, would prefer to sample, evaluate, and review the first brew before jumping into a second batch. What if we crack open a beer to find that it's too sweet? Too fermented? Not fermented enough? Sludgy?

...okay, maybe 'sludgy' seems like an extreme outcome...but then again, we've never brewed before so how would we know! Which is why I wanted to leave a window of trial-and-error, experimentation-what-have-you...

But he was so excited about brewing again...

...and he bought the ingredients for the White House Honey Ale...

...and he's just too wonderful to say 'no' to....

So we spent our Sunday like any good 'Murican-- brewing the White House beer recipe.

Brewing is kind of an unattractive process. For instance, this picture makes me think of swirling around a gym sock in dirty water. Thirsty yet?


And this one.....have I used the word 'sludgy' too much yet?


That's Gold Malt Extract. I'm sure it provides a specific, essential beer-making function...but the man isn't home yet so I can't ask him, and I'm too lazy to google that right now. I wish I would have taken a picture of adding the hops. That took the mix from 'gym sock water?' to 'sludgy?' to 'swamp water?'


This liquid isn't 'beer' yet. At this early stage, it's called 'wort', which more or less reminds me of 'Wart', which sort of makes me want to call our brew 'Pellinore' or 'Grummursum'...

Obscure reference there. If you got it, you're either my older sister or just as big a weirdo as I am. Cheers either way!




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