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Brew at Joe’s

By Jasmine · April 20th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Our kitchen floor here is so sticky that it rips my flip-flops right off my feet when I walk across. Why, you ask? Are we that dirty? Nope–we’re home brewers now.

We’ve had two big glass carboys for a few months now, but we still needed a lot of other equipment and ingredients to get started. Then this weekend my brother and his girlfriend Aliza–who is an avid homebrewer–came to visit. Not only did they bring us some of her Czech Norris to sample, but Luke suggested we head out to Brewcraft together to get everything we needed.

The next day, Luke and Joe brewed their West Coast Pale ale while I documented the process and occasionally held hot things. You can check out the full photo set here:

Our recipe, handwritten by Griz himself.

West Coast pale ale recipe Joe watches water boil. He can’t wait to add the grains. Joe brewingGrainsStraining the grain tea and adding more water. This process took longer than it needed to because we only have a very small colander with rather large holes.  Luke and Joe with grain tea Hops. hopsFinally, into the primary fermenter. By the next day, it was frothing and bubbling like crazy. carboyThe best part of my job was making bread out of the spent grain afterward. It turned out great. bread dough

And now, for your moment of zen:

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Tags: Homebrewing

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Geethika // Apr 21, 2009 at 11:19 am

    The bread was awesome Jasmine… Joe said it was almost like having beer.. So he finally found me a beer that I like :)

    Thanks!!

  • 2 Brian Yaeger // Apr 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Congrats and welcome to the club. I can assure you you’ll love my Session topic in June. And I’ve already picked my concoction for your May one, though not sure how much of a cocktail it is.

  • 3 Joe Ruvel // Apr 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Thanks Brian – it is more fun then I could have ever imagined. Beer is in the second carboy and is looking good.

    Can’t wait to see what people come up with – cocktail or not – it lets people try some new things with beer. Why not.