The yeast is ALIVE!!!
...and you should maybe hear some creepy Frankenstein music, followed by some triumphant Rocky Balboa music. The title line doesn't allow letter formatting, so I have to spell out the cues so you get the multiple layers of meanings.
It's been a couple years since I've done any posting to my blog (in fact, I have a partially completed draft from November 2012 that I'm debating on whether to delete or post). I'm sure the 12 followers I used to have gave up on getting anything new a long time ago. So I'm going to assume I'm writing this for me. At some point, maybe I'll let people know I'm filling my e-pages again, but for now I'll keep it small scale.
--------------On to my title:
For various reasons (some of which I'll likely go into in future posts), I've decided to start trying my hand at brewing beer. One of the reasons that I started thinking of this a while ago is that I don't care for IPAs - and a lot of the beer offered up here is really hoppy. I'm trying to expand my palate so I have more to choose from than a hefeweisen, white, or fruit beer (usually raspberry wheat), but apparently I'm rather particular, and there just aren't that many options for someone who doesn't care for the bittery hops taste or the darker beers.
When we visited Colorado a few years ago, one thing I remember is the virtual cornucopia of beer selection. It's when I got really interested in beer, because it was so tasty and there were so many options. Of particular note were the lemon grass and the chai beers. They're what I remember most, but I had good beer everywhere we stopped.
And now I've started by making my very own first beer. Greg's helping me, since he's done home brewing several times in the past and this is my first foray into the art. We started with something that should be simple, but was more than a kit. Like making my first cake from scratch, rather than a box mix.
To start, we spent three hours pulling out all Greg's equipment and sanitizing everything. Turns out that we decided to replace some things (is that just discoloration, or black mold growing on that plastic? - why won't that discoloration go away? - I don't have anything small enough to get in and scrub the dust / dead spider out of this thing...), rather than trying to find a way to salvage them. Probably better for everyone that we were wise like that.
- Always, always use a mesh bag to steep any additives (like cracked coriander) - leaving it loose makes it so the spout on the keg cook pot becomes blocked and you have to move your operation inside to get the remaining liquid into the carboy.
- If you're having to scoop floating debris out of your beer, you should not try putting it down the disposal in the kitchen. It will plug the drain and then you'll have to use the plunger to get the water to drain properly again. Use the trash can - it's much more forgiving.
- Beer yeast is sensitive to temperature, similar to how bread yeast is sensitive. Which brings us to the title of my post: