So it has taken a little more time than I would have liked, but the home brew setup has finally been adapted so that I can, once again, make beer! Huzzah.
One of the aspects of home brewing which has certainly kept me interested, and indeed urges me to continually expand my knowledge base, is the fact that for every season there is a different variety of beer. The Stouts and Porters of the Winter make way for the Saisons and Wheat beers of the Spring and Summer seasons.
Once again, the theme of cycles and change is so essential to Home Brewing.
This weekend I tried my hand at a French Saison: a beer originally made for farmers working in the fields, though now available to all…
Unlike the experience of hom brewing in a small cramped New York City apartment, new ‘kit’ has had to be acquired to allow for a slight change in work flow. The largest of these is I am now responsible for the grinding of my own grain. Word of note: I still have work in this area.
At any rate, the first brew seemed to go according to plan and in about 6 weeks we will be able to reap the rewards of what we have sown (in a manner of speaking).
The climate is changing up here, everyone. The township of Westport is waking from its Winter slumber.
More pictures of transitions spaces coming soon.
First brew in the Lapine House!
Welcome to the North Country, brewing equipment… Last weekend marked the first of many homebrews to come: a Pecan Vanilla Porter.
It’s sort of my own invention that I am basing off of a couple of different recipes that I have worked on in the past few months. Let’s hope it tastes as good as it does in my mind… but there won’t be a tasting for at least a few weeks. This is always the frustrating thing about brewing: it requires patience.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons that this hobby is resonating with me. We (and by ‘we’, I really mean ‘I’) have become so accustomed to instant gratification. If I want something I get it. It takes a lot of restraint for me to not indulge in ‘things’… beer brewing takes time. Frankly, the longer the better.
Let’s hope this pecan vanilla thing isn’t a complete disaster.
In other homebrew news, last night i went to my first meetup with the North Country Homebrewers. What an awesome bunch of people! While i never really thought that it would be any other way, it was a pleasure to know that there is a community of people with a shared interest up here that I can connect with. Also these folks are pretty knowledgable. It will be great to really flex those homebrew brain muscles. I have SO MUCH to learn.
Tonight: pot luck dinner with the good folks in Essex!
One thing is for sure… we are definitely keeping ourselves very busy. I haven’t bee this booked socially maybe ever.