Thursday, July 23, 2015

hello breweries? Catherine is calling she'd like to join you

I love beer.  I'm not ashamed to say it.  I love drinking it, finding new ones to try and learning all about the process of how it's made.  Yes, I'm a nerd.  But ever since I was about 16 I've learned all I could about what makes each beer different and how to make each type.  So when I got a Brooklyn Brew Shop beer making kit from some of my bridesmaids, I was totally stoked to start brewing.

I tried my hand at making a Summer Wheat beer.  The kit came with the wheat mixture, hops, a fermenter bottle and some  tubing.  I was left on my own for the strainers and funnels.

You have to boil the wheat (in this case) at a specific temperature to release the sugar

They said if you can make oatmeal, you can make beer

My kitchen smelled nasty, but this is the "wert" or stuff that will become beer

It's only fun if you make a mess

Taking over the sink to cool off my brew.  It smelled just like it looks

My ghetto a.f. setup to filter my wert into the fermentor.  I loved the kit, but it doesn't supply you with a lot of the tools you need.  just the ingredients.

I used my biochem skills to set up an over-pour system with the tubing.  Luckily everything fits right back into the box so I won't accidentally knock it over.

This is living in the back of my pantry for 2 weeks until it's time to bottle.  Overall this was a fun experience, though way more work for what I think will be pretty mediocre beer.  Still, so happy I had the chance to try this.

Have you ever made beer?  Thinking of trying to make your own brew?

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