First steps in home-brewing

January 5, 2008 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

I have finally reclaimed the kitchen, after it was taken over by an enthusiastic home-brewing novice using all the pots, pans, jugs and mixing bowls to measure out the requisite 29 pints of water (I even offered him the bread bin at one point!!). He kept calling me in to sniff jars of viscous brown liquid, and seemed very excited by the whole process – he’s a chemist turned actuary, so he probably misses playing around with powders and potentially explosive concoctions. The enormous vat is now sitting in the downstairs bathroom (!) as this is probably the least cold room in the house. I am assured it will soon be moved to the study.

The Freecycle demijohns are ‘soaking’, my code for, ‘I can’t be bothered to wash them up properly yet.’

I am not a big beer fan; in fact I have to admit to the shameful fact that I only really like extremely generic lager, and even then only when I’m abroad. I mostly drink wine, which is, I recognise, not the greenest thing in the world… However, Scientist Boyfriend is very much the real ale enthusiast, always trying new, obscurely-named bitters and getting as wound-up about the beer industry and the importance of supporting small breweries and microbreweries as I do about agribusiness, supermarkets and the importance of supporting small shops and producers. I therefore fully support the home-brewing endeavour, the alcoholic equivalent of gardening and keeping hens.

Plus, if Hedgewizard is right about rising beer prices, this could turn out to be a very useful birthday present indeed…

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