|Watching fermentation is|
almost as exciting as
watching a time lapse
video being shot.
On Monday night I brewed my second batch of homebrew. I did it using a recipe from Randy Mosher's book - Radical Brewing. I was pretty excited about the recipe before I started, but as I went along I felt like there were a few key steps that were missing. I was able to fill in the gaps using things I learned brewing my first batch with a kit.
I'm very excited about trying this beer. My expectations are pretty high. I think this is going to be about 2 or three times better than my first beer, which was drinkable, but definitely not ready for primetime.
Here are a few of the changes I made this time...
1) Better Yeast - I used liquid yeast instead of single packet of dry yeast. Most sources lead me to believe that this is better. However, it did cost $10. It better be worth it. (Wyeast - London Ale)
|You can see the space heater on the|
right and the thermometer in the
center of the screen.
3) Whole Cone Hops (plugs) Over Pellets - I used Kent Goldings hops from England and used a much higher proportion of aroma hops at the end of the boil than I did the first time. I am truly looking forward to smelling this beer!
|Look at the bubbling!!! It's so|
exciting!!! I did not have this much
action when I brewed my first beer.
I must have just been high off of life!
I also have another book on the way called The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition.
|Hopefully my new book|
will come in the mail soon
so I can start dreaming
about how to sparge.
Kyle also offered to let me come help him brew some beer and I think that seems like a great way to learn how. He has brewed over 150 batches of all-grain beer and is a BJCP beer judge - a great resource for learning more about the art and craft of brewing and enjoying great beers!
The saga continues...