DH has been brewing beer at a friend's house for a little over a year now, but they do it outside which limits when they brew.
He found this setup online for sale in Baltimore, so he
ran went to get it last fall. He's a happy camper!
This is the unfinished part of the basement, which DH has turned into his home brewing area.
He recently added a sofa, which makes it so much more comfortable to watch it happen!
He has made many different kinds of beers, but the only one I really liked was an Orange Wit as I prefer a lighter beer.
pestering asking several times, ever so sweetly, he said he would make me a cranberry beer. Yay!
So here begins the lesson...
He - Prepping the yeast starter.
Me - Looks like a science experiment.
It's cool because it has a magnet on the bottom of the glass that stirs it.
He - Mashing the grains and the cranberries.
Me - Stirring cranberry soup!
He - Yeast starter with candied sugar to the right.
Me - Still a science experiment!
He - Recirculating the mash.
Me - Oooh, a cranberry fountain!
He - Preparing the hops.
Me - It looks like rabbit pellets.
He - Hop spider in the boil, sweet wort at the start of the boil (no hops yet).
Me - A cone cylinder thingy, looks like boiled milk to me.
He - Leftover spent grains and cranberries.
Me - Awesome, grains for bread!
He - Rolling boil.
Me - Dirty looking water.
He - Wort in the conical fermentor, ready for the yeast pitch.
Me - Great, he's using his "koozie" Christmas present!
He - Cold crashing, bringing the beer down to temperature to carbonate.
Me - Cooling it in the cooler/ac converter thingy he made.
He - The yeast drop/trub.
Me - It looks like a pudding or a shake.
He - Dropping the yeast.
Me - Looks like a chocolate shake, but NOT!
He - More dropping of the yeast.
Me - Now it looks like sludge.
He - The hydrometer tube test, uncarbonated.
Me - Tasting tube for me!
He - The first taste test.
Me - Um, that's a lot of foam!
He - Filling the kegs.
Me - So close to being done!
He - Continue to fill the kegs.
Me - Hurry!
He - Filtering the beer into the keg.
Me - Thank goodness that's not going in my beer!
He - Putting the keg in the keezer (which he made)
Me - Finally!
He - The first pour.
Me - Ah, this is the life! Thank you, honey!
It's official, the bar is open!
He - Spent grains for the deer (for our neighbour).
Me - A cranberry bread supply.
The end result of the cranberry bread, but unfortunately not very many cranberries, they were on the bottom of the bag. 😖
Playing with food!
He - Edible beer!
Me - It's warm and delicious!
This vent contraption was created after making my beer, because whenever he was brewing, it made the whole house stink!
We do have a wooden frame now, no more towels.
Ming and I breaking in the brew room couch!
I'll think I'll be watching from now on, it still confuses me. I'll stick to baking the bread from the grains, yum!