Being a beer and music blogger is a lot of fun. I’m consistently fielding different questions on different beer and music related issues; however, there is one questions that I consistently get that I feel bad about: Do you brew your own beer? I will admit that I have always wanted to go to the next level in my love of beer. I drink beer, I understand beer, and I can wax fairly philosophically about different beer related things. But, I have never been able to talk to another brewer about what it’s like to brew your own product. Although as I write this I still can’t say I know what it’s like to brew beer, I will soon be able to relate my own brewing experiences.
As some of you know, my birthday was Thursday of last week. I received word from my parents that the present they were sending to me wouldn’t arrive in time for my birthday, but I needed to be prepared for two boxes big enough for my 50 pound dog to lay down in. First of all, I live in a two bedroom two bath condo. So, I was slightly worried I would be receiving something that would take up a lot of space. I told them to deliver it to school because of the strange delivery things that sometime happen in DC; therefore, at the end of the day Friday, I was alerted to the two large boxes I needed to pick up in the office. Thankfully I had a student or two to carry the large boxes out to my car.
Getting the boxes home, I immediately opened the boxes up to find my own starter set for homebrewing. Now I do plan on using the kit that I received with the set to try to brew my first batch, but I really want to start to figure out how to do some brewing that doesn’t involve a prepackaged recipe. The kit kind of reminds me of buying a taco kit at the grocery store, but I will definitely use it to try to brew my first batch. Plus, if I screw everything up, I won’t feel all that bad dumping everything down the drain.
I’m extremely excited to take my next step in the brewing process. Here is a link to the exact kit I received. What I would like to know is, what do I need to pick up after I try a few times with the basic kit. It would seem a carboy or immersion wort chiller would be good in the future, but I’m not really all that sure. I won’t be running out to buy it right away, but after a time or two though, I would love to pick up even more equipment. So help me figure out my next step.