New Hobby: Brewing
I have taken up a new hobby, home brewing beer. Someone suggested that I put up some posts with process and beer updates, so I will take the opportunity to do just that! I am up to batch 11, all grain now! This all from seeing a Facebook for sale post for a bucket and a carboy for $25. I always wanted to try this, so why not start!
I started out with a kit from Brewer’s Best, American Amber. Best comparison is to Fat Tire, hoppy amber ale. Started that on the stove, in a turkey fryer kettle. Minimal setup, steeping, etc. Not as easy as it looks, as there is a lot of organization of the steps, but we made it through.
Second one was the actual beer I wanted to try, and get into brewing. Can’t get a cranberry beer any more, so why not make your own? Cranberry into a Pale Wheat kit from Brewer’s Best.
Up next was another kit, Kolsch. Love this style of beer, ale that is like a lager. Chris at C&S Brew Supply in Ankeny helped out with the yeast, and I’ve been buying from them ever since.
I’m drawing a blank on #4. EDIT: Kelheim Hefeweizen from a kit. This one will definitely get the all grain recipe.
#5 is my first All Grain. Built the Mash Tun (used for getting the sugars out of the grain):
Inner portion is the manifold. This gets the liquid from the grain, leaving the grains. That was later modified to extract a little better. CPVC and a Sawszall. Later was drilling some small holes. Comes apart for easy cleaning.
Also modified a keg to use as a boil kettle.
This was another cranberry wheat, all grain instead of extract.
Went back to extract to use up some leftovers. #6 Pumpkin Amber ale.
#7 is a Lilikoi Kepolo clone from Avery Brewing. I used their grain bill for this.
This one is tasty, picture is a flat one after being bottled for a week. It’s got great head now.
#8 is an all grain Kolsch. Didn’t take any pics of this one, not quite ready. It will be ready this weekend, though. I’ll take a few from the tasting.
#9 is a Fat Sam, cross between Fat Tire and Sam Adams. It’s a couple weeks out after being bottled.
#10 is a Blue Moon Clone, complete with coriander and orange peel. Also bottle conditioning.
#11 this weekend was a lemon lime hefeweizen. Just into the fermenter yesterday, this will go for a few days, then I’ll dump in a bottle of Simply Limeade. This one had great reviews.
That’s all for right now. I’ll keep updates going, now that I’ve had a little bit of interest!