Why I Brew

meblogI’m normally not a fan of making deep thoughtful posts about myself so this will probably be neither. For those who don’t know me, or haven’t known me long I figured I’d give a little background about myself and brewing, or as my friend Liz so aptly put it “What is it with you and beer?”

In the Beginning

Basically my fondness of beer, and my aspirations towards brewing good beer started fairly recently. The day I turned 21 beer was the farthest thing from my mind. It wasn’t until like three months later that I even tried my first  beer, and that beer almost put the nail in the coffin in terms of me never wanting a beer again. It was a canned stout that my dad was drinking on our fishing trip in Canada, and that thing tasted so bitter and gross that it’s impossible to describe it in words. After that episode the only “adult” beverage I consumed for awhile was whiskey, and that usually watered down with large amounts of coke. Undaunted though I eventually found myself occasionally sipping beers to see if I could find one I liked. Gradually I got used to the bitterness of the hops, but beer just still wasn’t my thing. The beer that changed that if I remember correctly was Mac’s Blackwatch brewed by McTarnahan’s. As I started to discover what I liked and didn’t like in beers I also began stretching myself in terms of what I’d try. I actually enjoyed bringing sixers home occasionaly to sample a beer I had never had.

The Explosion

About the end of ’07 I’d gotten curious about a little hole in the wall shop in town called Homebrew Heaven. I stopped in on a whim one day, and walked out with a book called Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop. Shortly after I started making my own soda I noticed a side note with a recipe for a soda made with tomatoes called tomato beer. Since we had a surplus of tomatoes from our garden that year I decided to make some with one notable exception, I was going to purposely let it ferment and produce some alcohol. It didn’t turn out half bad, and tasted like a really light beer. Well now wheels were turning, and after I got back from my trip to London in January I began buying every beer I could think of to taste.  By the fall of ’08 the part of my brain that switched from soda to beer had another spark and I decided to make a proper pumpkin ale. I got my list of ingredients and headed on down to Homebrew Heaven.

The Carboy

Prior to my pumpkin ale I had done all my soda and beer making in 2 ltr bottles. While I was at the homebrew store I began to do the math on how many 2 ltr bottles it would take for a 5 gal batch and had one of those “We’re gonna need a bigger boat moments.” So while I was there I bought a basic brewing kit from Doug for like $80 (or something like that) that included everything I needed to brew plus a book on brewing and some of his own extract recipes. Later that month my friend Kaylie came over and we brewed my first ever real beer, and it wasn’t too bad. I got alot of compliments about how it wasn’t even horrible like people expected, and I caught the bug.

One Response to “Why I Brew”

  1. Carlos says:

    Good story. I know this is a beer blog but I just had to say that I just had the best cigar ever and a snifter of port wine, while BBQing.
    Nothing goes better than a stogie while firing up a man grill!

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