I take a look at my beer, and realize it’s very plain!
Oh Weird Al. You is a crazy mother fucka.
So for those of you who don’t know (both of you following me do know), a few months back I won a competition at a Milwaukee Mustangs Arena League Football game. In this competition, I kicked my friend Brian’s ass and made an Extra Point, which allotted me 12 cases of Coors Light and a years worth of Rocky’s Pizza. Slowly, but surely, over the past few months we made our way through all of that Coors Light and it is finally GONE. I would like to formally apologize to anyone who I forced to drink it. That list exhaustively includes pretty much anyone who has been in our house since the end of March.
Basically, for the past year I have been seriously contemplating starting to home brew. I love Beer, I love Beer too much. It just makes sense for me to start making my own, and for the first time in a long time, I don’t have any beer in the house. What better time to get this party started?
As lame as this sounds, I decided to get my feet a little wet in the home brewing genre by purchasing a Mr. Beer kit from Woot! during a Woot off. Twenty bucks for 2.5 gallons of whatever I ended up creating, I figured what the hell. For any current home brewers out there, or any that will end up reading this in the future, please classify this as a beginner’s jump into the brewing world, and forgive me for the simplicity of the Mr. Beer process.
After I received my kit I decided to sit down and read a bit more about the brewing process and then get the fermentation started on the included WCPA (West Coast Pale Ale) Kit that comes with the Mr. Beer. Everything seemed to go well, and fermentation kicked into high gear the next day. Mr. Beer recommends at least 7 days in the fermenter (14 days for improved taste), but after 12 days I didn’t notice any real signs of fermentation occurring any longer so I went ahead and bottled it last night. I did notice a slight cidery taste to the sample I took, which I guess usually means fermentation isn’t quite done, but it tasted like flat beer. We will see how this batch turned out in a few weeks while I wait for them to carbonate.
I cleaned that baby right up and got the fermenter ready to go for batch 2, which is Mr. Beers Deluxe Kit Witty Monk, which includes 2 HME cans (Hopped Malt Extract). This Beer should turn out similar to a Blue Moon with a Citrus/Wheat flavor so I am very much looking forward to that. I will try to post some bottling photos for the Witty Monk as well as some Pour photos of the WCPA in a few weeks when they are ready to roll.
By September I hope to be upgrading to a full home brewing kit and start working 5 Gallon batches. My goal here is to stop paying for commercial beer and only drink what I make, which may also be a calorie saver too because I can only brew so much! We will see!