So...finally have these things going...hopefully I'm using them correctly
It Has Begun!
January 28, 2014
Oh that’s right, its beer making time! This Roggenbier has been on my mind since I posted about it from Trve (Not sure what I’m talking about? Take a look at the post titled “Metal Beer”) One of the best parts of home brewing, at least for me, is going to pick up everything I will need for my latest beer. It stirs a level of excitement in me that I imagine is analogous to kid getting to go to Chucky Cheese for the first time. Just the thought of going to the Brew Hut has me checking my bank account to see what other toys I can bring home with me in addition to ingredients.
This time around I knew I needed a new primary bucket as one of mine was on its last legs (don’t worry, it was sent to a nice farm upstate where it has plenty of room to play with all of its bucket friends….) and a new airlock. Those were the least exciting parts of the trip but important nonetheless. Getting to the Brew Hut, you don’t just go straight in and start shopping. Given that they share a wall and door with Dry Dock, the most recent brewery of the week, it’s a sacrilege not to go order a pint before procuring your wares. A pint of USS Wyoming (That’s right go Pokes!) and I was set. My first stop was the grain room. The smell in hear is what I imagine heaven smelling like; the subtly sweet aroma of every kind of malted grain you could want fills the air and creates a state of absolute euphoria. I always take my time getting everything from my grain bill just so I can enjoy this part of being getting my stuff.
I always make sure to take a minute with the Blichmann rack by the front door (A picture of which is on the homepage) and try not to let too much drool hit the floor. There is always some other sort of new eye candy when I show up, from new aging barrels to high tech hoosawhatsits for every part of the brewing process (That’s right, hoosawhatsits, now take a drink for thinking ill of my word choice). This time there were some particularly nice brew kettles that I purposefully avoided lest I lose my will power (I’m not going to lie, that’s happened more than once on a trip out there for something small). I dare anyone not to go out there and want to buy all the goodies in the store.
So I finished picking up all of my Roggenbier provisions and replacement items and settled in for my exit pint. This gives way to another of my favorite parts of these trips, which is people watching the folks going between the brewery and store. There are always a few who have a blank stare and a slack jaw, clearly never having thought that brewing at home was an option. I always hope at least one of these folks ends up with a starter kit on their way out. I’m of the opinion that the more home brewers there are the better, all the more opportunity to have a good pint at every turn. On a related note, I’d like to thank the guys at Brew Hut for letting me take a few pictures for the blog, and generally being pretty kick ass whenever I have a question about something beer related; show them some love and check them out: http://thebrewhut.com/. On that note, time for another pint…same goes for all of you.
What I was drinking during this post: DevESTATEtion by Sierra Nevada