Brewing, Cats, and Moving
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.