A Time To Brew

When I tell most people that I’ve never attempted to brew a single beer, those who know me are shocked. The assumptions is that any beer lover, snob, appreciator etc. has at least tried. I must admit it makes me feel like a bit of a fraud. How can I claim to know good if not great beer if I’ve never gone through the process?

I knew when I started this project, this blog, it was going to be something I would have to remedy. Here’s the thing though, I am terrified of failing. My fear while it pains me to admit is not unfounded. I only cook to survive, I can only bake a couple of things and they took years to master. Last but not least, science is not a strong point. Everyone tells me, “Don’t worry the kits are so easy there is no way you can mess it up.” Which is quite possibly the worst thing you can tell a person. What’s wrong with me if I am the one person who messes it up?

One thing is for sure – either way it’s going to make a good story.

Step one will be to overcome my fear and dig in. I am hoping by putting it out in the universe the beer fates will smile down on me. No matter what happens I am sure to learn something about beer I didn’t know before. If I fail, I can always try again.

Next week, we will look at the basic process. I think I know better than to dive right into the fermenter.

 

 

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One Response to A Time To Brew

  1. I’ll tell you this first and foremost: Everyone is lying. You will mess up. The only way I could see you not messing up with your first brew is if you read the entirety of John Palmers “How to Brew” book, actually understood it without brewing beforehand(hands-on experience I find to be much more educational), and spent upwards of $6oo or $700 on equipment. Believe me, I have an entire book of all my failures brewing. Its on amazon. Check it out. πŸ˜‰

    That being said, you can make average beer that is drinkable for much much less. With a few pots and pans and a cool closet(must be 65-degrees F), you could probably get by with spending less then 50 bucks. Good luck. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Brew on!

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