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STRANGE BREW
Category: Booze
Wednesday, June 4th, 2003 @ 09:46 am
Posted By Brent
I have a friend, let's call him "The Winkle", who has recently gotten me and the missus quite excited about the prospect of brewing one's own ice cold beers. A couple weeks ago, we went to his house to bottle some wine he had been aging, and to taste said wine (by the end of the night "tasting" apparently meant going through about 4-5 bottles). It was pretty impressive to see somebody weave around 20 bottles of alcohol out of thin air and grape juice.

It got me thinking, and during this thinking I had the following thought:
"Self, you do like you some alcohol. You also don't like to spend a lot of money. This also looks fun as shit. You also like having people over and this bottling thing looks like quite a social occasion. You know what self?! You could do this!"
It was about then that I realized that I had been thinking out loud and was getting some funny looks, but that's a different story entirely.

On the same night, after the wine was bottled (and being unbottled one by one), we started a batch of beer. By "we", of course I mean "him", but I was pouring wine down my gullet while he was making beer, so we were practically on the same team. Beer, while being more complicated to make then wine, is still not as difficult as the uninitiated would first assume. Steep this, pour in that, boil that, mix it with this, then let it sit for a couple weeks pretty much sums up the bulk of it.

I love beer. If beer had a warm, wet hole, I would marry beer. I would have little beers with my beer and maybe in our old age we could have grand-beers to play with and keep us young. That being said, I want to make beer. I want to make wine. I'm also thinking it would be pretty cool to make a stove-top still out of a pressure cooker and some copper tubing, but that's getting ahead of myself.

I know that I won't exactly achieve the "low-cost" goal the first couple times round what with all the initial investment in equipment and ingredients (from here referred to as "precious reagents"). I also know that I am in no conceivable way the first (or one of the first) of my friends to dabble in this art, so if you have wisdom to pass on, feel free to do so now.



Comments

NAME: g13
Monday, June 9th, 2003 @ 06:15 pm
But of course,

Borrelo Brew:
"Brewed by Italians, passed down to the common man."


NAME: party lover
Monday, June 9th, 2003 @ 05:58 pm
do any of you remember my batch a couple of years ago?


NAME: g13
Monday, June 9th, 2003 @ 03:30 pm





NAME: fix
Friday, June 6th, 2003 @ 03:09 pm
o.k.


NAME: GirlyGirl
Thursday, June 5th, 2003 @ 11:19 pm
I'm going to make the bestest dark brew this side of the Mississippi river. I'm so stoked about getting the ball rolling with this...I think I'll go cash in all that spare change I've been saving for a rainy day.....IT'S RAINING! Every penny going toward malts and hops. Someone bring me some non-screw top bottles...I have a recycling bin full of the wrong ones.


NAME: fix
Thursday, June 5th, 2003 @ 03:25 pm
ian, have you recieved any of my email?


NAME: Miss A
Thursday, June 5th, 2003 @ 10:48 am
Make sure you use spicy V8 not the regular stuff, and call me ghetto but I prefer Absolut. Also while unorthodox a touch of steak sauce seals the deal and pickled asparagus with lime is the perfect garnish. Crap. Who am I fooling. If you're going to make beer make skunky beer. Is it easy? I want to know how.


NAME: dr01d
Wednesday, June 4th, 2003 @ 05:06 pm
mmmm. beer.


NAME: ian
Wednesday, June 4th, 2003 @ 04:31 pm
of all the kinds of beer there are out there, the kind i like best (and the kind i request that you make once you get the hang of it) is cuh-hold beer.


NAME: fix
Wednesday, June 4th, 2003 @ 02:44 pm
figure out EXACTLY what kind of beer you like. having lived in montana and oregon two homes of hundreds of micro-brews and homes to millions of micro brewers and having dabbled a bit my self. i feel that this is the most important thing. beerrecipes.org has 639 recipes and describes alot of the types.


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