Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring simple joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
We started brewing our own beer at the end of last year. We figure we
like to drink it and we like to cook and can things so it seemed like a
natural progression for us. Besides, beer is expensive if you have a
preference for microbrews as we do. This way we see just exactly what
is in our beer and can reuse the very same bottles over and over and over again which saves us a trip to the recycling drop-off and reusing is even more
eco-friendly then just plain recycling them. Plus, brewing is fun! And makes the whole house smell of warm grainy, beery goodness.
Our first glass of homebrew.
first batch (a pilsner because they are my favorite) had some serious
operator error so it turned out a little wonky, but I still thoroughly
enjoyed it. It just wasn't as carbonated as it should have been. Oh
well, it was the first try after all and it still tasted like beer in
the end...just a little flat.
Our second batch (an amber) went
much smoother, but is still conditioning in the bottles and we haven't
yet got to sample it. We have high hopes about it.
Checking out the aroma.
cooked up our third batch (a nut brown) two nights ago. It is bubbling
away in the closet transforming itself from wort into beer.
is a really satisfying process. It takes a while, but no one step is
very long. You cook it up and wait and let it do its thing. You
transfer it and wait for it to do its thing. You bottle it and wait for
it to do its thing. You drink it! (Of course that is quite the simplified version of the process, but you get my point.)
I really like capping the
bottles. Its fun. All the books seem to imply its the worst part of
the whole process, but I like it. Maybe on batch 75 I will be singing a
We got a gift certificate to the local brew store for Christmas....I wonder what we'll try next!