Adventures in Home Brewing

A few weeks ago I decided to dabble into the wondrous world of home brewing. What got me into this was my life long friend Dan who turned rebel and deserted us to move to Tennessee even though “dey low down, dey dirty” (if don’t know what I’m talking about click here). He’s been brewing for the past few years, so once Alabama got rid of their archaic beer laws I decided to try it out for myself. I’ll have to say it’s probably one of the best decisions of my life. I mean, what’s not to like about making and drinking your own beer? Here’s the first of many intimate guides into my haphazard brewing process!

So I found a beer extra kit online but I decided to forgo ordering it and stop by my local homebrew store, Hop City in Birmingham. They developed a recipe for an Extra Pale Ale, one that I picked because it is an easy, satisfying style of beer that is drinkable within about 5 or so weeks of brewing. This being my first brew, I went with one of the quicker recipies. What can I say, patience isn’t my strong suit.

Best part of the whole process? A big ol’ glass of cold beer!

Delicious

If this picture makes your mouth water, then you’ve found the right place. All in all my first brew turned better than expected. This is the finished product of my 6 week conquest to my first beer.

This log of my brewing activities will hopefully serve to help other people, who like me have a fascination with weird yeast, tasty beers, and all other things fermentable. Enjoy!

EXTRA PALE ALE EXTRACT RECIPE:

Malt:                                                                      Grain:
6lbs Gold malt syrup                                           1lbs Belgian Caramel Pils

Hops:                                                                     Yeast:
3 oz Cascade (52.53 IBU)                                    Wyeast 1056 American Ale

Things I got right with my brew:                       Things I got wrong with my brew:
Hops additions                                                    Forgot to check original gravity
Added malt correctly                                          Steeped grains at wrong temp
Sanitation was good                                           Added .5 gallons to much water

Next Brew On Deck: IPA (Will be ready on September 14th, also known as the day Johnny Football’s signature lost it’s value!

Until next time, Roll home brew!

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4 thoughts on “Adventures in Home Brewing

  1. Nice post, man. I’m from the UK, so can’t fathom out the other football stuff :o) but am certainly going to follow your brewing adventures. Get a couple of extract brews under your belt and feel the temptation to go all-grain…you won’t look back. Guarantee you that! Cheers, Jon.

    • Thanks for the comment! Brewing is all pretty new for me. I’m currently waiting on my second brew to finish. I made an IPA, let it sit for 2 weeks in my primary then dryhopped for 2 weeks in secondary. I’m kegging it this week so we’ll see how it turns out. My plan is to go all grain in the future.

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