Adjusting the Zankapfel Life

Brewing, Cats, and Moving

Brewing! (part 1 of many)

SMELL THOSE HOPS!
Everything is better when it’s made by hand!

About a year and a half ago I first learned to brew and when I moved not long after that, I wasn’t in a situation to take my gear with me.  And then I wasn’t sure how long I would stay at my initial local, so I didn’t want to take the plunge and be left with a half brewed batch, more stuff, and cases of product to worry about.

Well, that’s not a problem anymore, now that I’m living with the SpecSO.

A month ago or so, I stopped by to check out a new Friendly Local Homebrew Shoppe (you HAVE to say the extra ‘e’) and left with basic brew gear and the ingredients for a Scottish Ale.

I must say, getting back into brewing felt like I was doing something *right*. As the grains steeped and the wort boiled, the kitchen held the perfume of the gods.  The sharp hops punctuated the rich malty brew, and I knew brewing is my thing.

Since that day, I’ve also made an Elderflower Cream Ale and a Sam Smith Taddy Porter clone.  Additionally, I’ve formulated a recipe for a gruit (a beer that uses a bittering agent other than hops) and have found a Sweetwater 420 clone.

I’m excited!

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