He was a wise man who invented beer.
When H was in grad school working on her MBA, I picked up some part-time jobs and one was at a beer-focused restaurant and I learned a lot about beer styles and the brewing process, and I always thought it would be cool to brew my own. H and her sister got me a full brewing kit last Christmas and I never got around to brewing my first batch because 1. I didn’t want to screw it up and 2. it’s really tough to find the time! With 2 dogs, 1 toddler, and lots of stuff to do all the time, it’s tough to carve out an entire free day to brew up a batch. Fortunately, H’s sister and brother in law were in town a few weeks ago and since her BIL (I guess he’s my BIL, too, right?) has a lot of experience brewing beer, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get my first batch done! H and her sister played with S for the long afternoon while BIL and I drank and brewed beer.
I think this will be a good way to network and make friends abroad and if not, at least I get beer out of it. In our experience in less-developed countries, it’s tough to find decent beer. I’m hoping to brew a few batches so I’m pretty confident with it by the time we leave for our first post.
We brewed a porter extract-based recipe in the driveway and it took a few hours from start to finish. Pics are below to generally outline the process.
It’s currently fermenting in the closet in our spare room.
Update: I either waited too long to brew or the room was too cold, because the yeast must have died (or was already dead), and the beer didn’t ferment. H convinced me to bottle a quarter of my batch (10 bottles) which are now bottled and awaiting secondary fermentation. BUT…I got a lot of beer kits for early Christmas so I have plenty of beer to brew in the new year!