Today I thought that I would let Beeble share with you an interest of his versus a recipe from me. Home brewing is something that is becoming increasingly popular, and I thought you’d love to see the process. I find it interesting even though I’m not a beer drinker. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Take it away Beeble:
A few years ago I came across a deal online for a beer making kit and asked my roommate at the time if he wanted to split it with me. It wasn’t a very good kit and the price reflected that but it sparked an interest in home brewing that has grown with time. To me it combines some of the things I love in life: cooking, creating, and beer. Home brewing has been on the rise in the past handful of years and you probably know someone that does it. If you haven’t tried it I recommend asking your brewer friend if you can help out the next time they brew, you may find it suits you as well. Either way, I guarantee it will be interesting.
The brew process itself is very easy and doesn’t take all that long but like any art it could take a lifetime to master. The actual brew time takes a couple of hours but then the beer has to ferment which usually takes around two weeks. Some beers are ready to drink at that time but some require further conditioning.
One of the things I love about beer is the variety. When my parents were growing up there were certainly more types of beer than just lager, but almost no one in America drank them. There is currently a beer revolution going strong in the States and I sure am happy to be playing my part. There are sweet beers, sour beers, dark beers, spicy beers, etc. I couldn’t even name them all and people are coming up with new things all the time. It’s an exciting time to be a food explorer and beer drinker.
I wasn’t always like this. Beer is an acquired taste and until about 6 years ago it was one I did not have. I set out to change that and boy am I glad I did. I started with wheat beers and lighter beers until I found some that were “decent”. Instead of just sticking to those I kept at it. I was on a mission to try all the types I could find until one day I had a beer that just smacked me on the head. It opened my eyes to the beverage in a way nothing had ever done before. It was a gueuze and boy was it different. A bit sour, a bit farmhousey, not too carbonated, and a ton of flavor. They’re not for everyone but I was in love.
Suffice it to say that my life had changed and I wasn’t looking back. Beer may not be for everyone but I know a lot of people have trouble getting out of their comfort zone. Some are afraid of change or just stuck in their ways. To those I say, live a little (or a lot!). Try something new. Order a different item at that restaurant you always go to or even go somewhere you haven’t tried before. Travel to a different country, state, city, or even a part of town you’ve not seen. Your life will be better for it and everyone you are with will be richer for it.