For Christmas this year, I gave JD a homebrew kit to make a DIY version of Rogue’s Brutal IPA, one of our favorite Rogue beers. You could say this was somewhat selfish of me, seeing as though I would inevitably be joining him in the brewing process, as well as enjoying the fruits of our labor… but if you say it to my face, I might not share any with you when it’s done fermenting, sooo….. it’s probably best to keep those kinds of opinions to yourself.
Anyway, we spent yesterday afternoon brewing beer.
The kit makes an easy-to-manage 5 gallon batch. The box contained everything we needed, except the yeast (due to shipping restrictions), but the instructions told us what was recommended. We started out steeping the grain, then adding the first bag of dry malt extract to create the wort. Then it’s time to start the clock for the boil. We added the bittering hops first (Centennial), after about 45 minutes, the flavor hops (Crystal), and finally the aroma hops (Crystal again). The boil is my favorite part of homebrewing process because of the smells. OH THE SMELLS! As the wort boils, there’s not much to do but sit around and drink a few beers with your friends (Ok, maybe *that’s* my favorite part of homebrewing) and the smells that waft through the air as the ingredients blend together are just heavenly. We brewed in a huge warehouse and the whole place was filled with the sweet smell of boiling wort. It’s like baking fresh bread, only better because it’s BEER.
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