If you believe you can create something yourself – go for it. Whether it’s a computer, a desk, or even beer, there is nothing more rewarding than the satisfaction of making something from scratch.
About four years ago I taught myself how to brew beer. I started off with a German classic; the Oompah Altbeir (amber style). After some time I had created batches of pumpkin-wheat, chocolate-raspberry, and cream ale to name a few.
Homebrewed batches are usually 5 gallons and result in 46-50 standard bottles. The average length of brewing is 4-5 weeks. Here is a simple list of the very basic steps involved in homebrewing – something I will go more in-depth in a later post.
A very basic homebrewing schedule
- Cleaning & Sanitation Day: Clean and sanitize everything that will come in contact with your brew
- Brew Day: Depending on what style you’re going for, this can take anywhere from 2 or 3hrs for beginner recipes, to 6+ hrs for more complicated ones.
- Fermentation (7-10 day waiting period). Secondary fermentation can be employed during this time for a smoother batch.
- Carbonation (2-3 week waiting period).
- Test day! (drink up :D)
(Again, I will go into extensive details in a later post, but for now this should suffice.)
So why is homebrewed beer the ultimate crowd pleaser?
Well it’s simple…who doesn’t like beer?! And not just any beer – this is the good stuff, the top-of-the-line, freshest ingredients, rare moment when others can appreciate your hard labors!
A perfect opportunity
This past fall was my cousins wedding – one of the best opportunities for homebrewers to shine. Not only was I excited to make something special for my family, but it was a great chance to learn more about which styles pair well with events. Yes – just like you pair drinks with food, you pair beer with events.
Fortunately, I snapped a picture of each step in the basic schedule listed above – enjoy!
All the ingredients:
Here is my batch during brew day:
Here is my batch during fermentation:
Here is batch during carbonation:
Here are the custom labels for my cousins wedding, courtesy of my sister:
Many happy cousins! I can’t say with accuracy if it was the brew talking or the naturally elated feeling of weddings – but this was definitely the ultimate crowd pleaser.
For this reason, homebrews are one of the perfect wedding gifts out there. Everyone can have a taste.
If you have any questions about homebrewing or Mashbout in general, feel free send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post a comment below.
Written by Jesse Aaron, a blogger and homebrew scientist!