Nearly three years ago, the Minx was contacted by Smithwick's to promote a Facebook sweepstakes they were holding. In return, they were sending us a home beer making kit made by Brewer's Best, a company that specializes in home beer making equipment and ingredients. The Minx agreed and the kit was sent on its way. When she told me about this, I was dubious. I've known people who have made home brews and the project requires a lot of equipment and space. Given that our modest house was already crammed with stuff, I couldn't see how we would have the room to use it. The Minx assured me that this was just a small kit and it would not be a problem. A few days later, a box the size of a water cooler was left on our porch. I transported it to a corner in the basement and that's where it sat until last Labor Day.
While my bother Craig was visiting for the holiday, I talked him into giving the kit a go. Since he was retired and had a spacious basement, he might be in a better position to brew beer than we were. Thankfully, he agreed and we loaded the box into his Taurus.
A couple of weeks went by and, frankly, I had forgotten all about the beer kit. Then Craig shot me an e-mail saying that he had just started a batch of red ale. I was surprised and curious about the process, so he filled me in on some of the details.
The kit included everything you would need to make a five gallon batch of beer:
• Primary Fermenter • Easy Clean
• Carboy • Econo-Lock
• Carboy Brush • Thermometers
• Bottling Bucket • Hydrometer
• Capper • Siphon Hose
• Bottle Filler • Bottle Brush
• Plastic Paddle • Lid
• Bottling Spigot • Auto-Siphon
• Book • Bucket Clip
|The contents of the kit plus some extra stuff my brother purchased.|
|Ingredients from kit|
|The wort is sealed in the container for fermentation|
|Top Tip: Don't let your kids swim in the wort! Sad thing is, you know there was a law suit.|
|After a week, the wort is transferred to the carboy for further fermentation.|
Okay, I know you can make numerous trips to the liquor store in the time it takes to finish this brewing process, but that's an awful lot of beer for your trouble, and it's really meant to be a hobby. Next time, my brother and I tackle a special Christmas brew for the holidays.
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