Instead of setting resolutions per se, Ben and I decided that we would pick some new adventures: things to learn or try. With some of the gear from previous wine-making years ago (including custom shirts to “Ben’s Wine Club”, a noble establishment indeed), we decided that one of our adventures would be to try our hand at making craft beer.
My inner chemistry nerd was fully on board for this. Chemical reactions? Specific gravity? Ermahgerd.
So, after a quick discussion with the fellow at Barley Malt and Vine on City Rd., we settled on a kit with as much hops as they had in the store.
On the first day of 2015, we got the kettle fired up to make some brew!
We decided to try out a new brew each time when we make beer, and brought this Spruce Beer back from Garrison Brewery in Halifax. Fun to try but I think we’ll pass on getting more bottles.
Pretty much what you think a boozy tree would taste like.
Today, we opened the lid to see if we had the promised activity in the fermenter – we could guess that it worked by the bread/beer smell this afternoon. Sure enough, success!
Next step tomorrow or Sunday will be to transfer the mixture to a glass fermenter for a serious batch of brewing…