A Man Needs a Hobby
Being a father and a husband makes me happy. My wife is wonderful, my daughter makes me laugh, and my son is the best I could ever ask for. I am also a man. I like to have hobbies, I like beer. Why not make beer as a hobby? Women like men, fathers are usually men. What’s more manly than making what you want from scratch? You want it? Go get it, make it with your hands, drink it, then go and pee on things.
I have always wondered about making my own beer, but never made the plunge. I thought it was time consuming, seemed complicated, and never thought I had the patience. Well, last summer I made my first mead (honey wine) using basically just a gallon wine jug, honey, and some yeast. That got me started.
I Ordered a Kit and got Started
I had ordered a partial extract kit on Amazon. It was an American Cream Ale from a company called Brewers Best. I wanted to start with something fairly simple, yet hard to screw up. I chose the Brewers Best because the kit came with all of the ingredients needed, and since I had a lot of the equipment I needed from making mead I was pretty much set. The kit makes five gallons of beer and is ready to drink in as little as two or three weeks!
After receiving my beer ingredient kit, I got started. The instructions were quite simple to follow and I already most of the equipment needed, so the whole process went fairly smoothly. The only hitch was that I didn’t have a fermenting container big enough to hold five gallons. So I ended up having to split into two 3 gallon buckets. I added the yeast and waited.
Two Weeks Later
The yeast has done it’s thing. Eating the sugars and turning my mixture into a sweet smelling batch of beer. Time to bottle and wait a bit more. I had been saving bottles to reuse for this. BTW, peeling off labels sucks…really. If any of you reading this has a good tip on how the remove these things, please let us all know. Anyway, I had purchased some caps and bottle cap crimper (very affordable) on Amazon. Since this an American Cream Ale, I went with bottle caps with the American Flag. After bottling, wait another tow weeks…ugh, I hate waiting.
After about a month of anticip……………….ation (10 points to whoever knows what movie that was from). I finally get to taste. Wow! To say that I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I fully expected this to taste like my regular go to cheap brand name beer. At the bottom of my expectations was a Ice House or something that comes in a 40z. At the top of my expectations was maybe somewhere along the lines of Sam Adams.
Well, not to disrespect good old Sam, this home made brew (that ended up costing about $5 per 6pack) far exceed my expectations. It was smooth, creamy, not too sweet, not too bitter, just the right amount of hops flavor. The perfect amount foam. I would have been happy paying $5 for a glass of this beer at a micro brew.
This Brewers Best Kit is definitely something I would recommend trying if you have any interest in brewing your own. I am definitely going to be doing some more of the this.