Mike and I set off on a new adventure more than a year ago thanks to a generous Christmas gift from my brother-in-law, Bill: a brew kit. Our first foray into brewing – which entailed me following Mike around the kitchen with my camera as he did all the work – was a complete success. The first batch tasted, well, like beer. I don’t mean to seem surprised, I’ve just heard that it takes some practice to perfect this concoction and to have our first batch not only turn out right, but delicious, was a lovely surprise.
Since then there have been other cases, including one that Mike dubbed my Postnatal IPA – another hoppy success. Last weekend Mike started another batch and it inspired me to complete this post, which had been in draft form for longer than I care to admit.
So, from a bird’s eye view, let me walk you through the joy that is brewing your own beer…
Steep your grains.
Heat your malt.
Don’t forget the hops. Don’t ever forget the hops.
Add some oak chips if you like.
Get your bottles ready.
Close ’em up.
And be patient.
After a few weeks, you’ll have your very own homebrew.
See? Isn’t it easy? Actually it’s a bit more complicated than that. You’ll have to get real instructions. But it’s totally worth every step.