This Saturday November 2 marks the 14th annual Learn to homebrew day that is put on by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).
Leading up to this day my husband, brother in law and I got the opportunity to be in an article posted on Ottawa Beer Events as part of a feature done on Homebrewers – If you haven’t read it yet,grab a beer and head here.
The articles on Ottawa Beer Events gave a great look at some different kinds of brewers, how we all got started with some of our reasons why. We all talk about the type of systems we have and give some advice to people who may be interested in homebrewing.
As some of you know, I brew with my husband and my brother in law. We make a pretty great team. We can’t always brew together with all the obligations that families have, like driving kids to hockey practice, and attending birthday parties for our childrens class mates. We try the best we can to brew when we can. Sometimes that means we brew individually, or with only one other person.
Sometimes we brew on our big system outside, sometimes we brew indoors. There is a lot of flexibility with the way that we brew. We also like to share with people the way we brew and hope that they get inspired to brew themselves as well.
I had the opportunity last year to brew with some friends from barley’s angels Katy and Amanda. We had an entire day spent in my kitchen, laughing, brewing, talking, learning and working. Its not just sitting around and drinking beer (ok, maybe while your mashing, and maybe while your sparging….) you can read about katy’s take on the day here and mine here.
Today I got the opertunity to brew with another homebrewer – Greg. It was nice to be able to brew with someone that brews a different method than i do (He does BIAB) I got to show him some of the details on how we mash with our mash tuns and we got to kick out an Irish Red that came right on target OG- It was a great day of Brewing, Nachos and our family hanging out together.
We added the new carboy to the others in the basement, all happily fermening away!
This is what we have accomplished this month (Sweet Stout, ESB, Pumpkin Ale, Esb, brown ale and the irish red)
I hope you are able to get out and Brew this Saturday, get involved in watching a friend brew, or ultimately enjoy some delicious brew!