Shopping day

I went across the border to my closest LHBS–that’s Local Home Brewing Shop to you.  I have been jonesing to brew, but haven’t had quite the right ingredients.  I’m also trying out a piece of brewing software that helps categorize and organize my brewing ingredients and processes.  I figured since I’m getting into all grain, I’d better get serious.

As ever I was like a kid in a candy store.  Strangely, however, I was venturing into areas of brewing I’m unfamiliar with. When you go all grain, there are many more choices; different brand names and different regional types of grain (British, Belgian, German, US, Cdn) along with subgroups.  I was sort of overwhelmed, so bought some basics that i knew were pretty fundamental and then just grabbed a few things that looked good.

It was about a full 1 1/2 hours across the border.  I got home, entered everything into the brewing software, and realized for several of the styles I want, there remains one grain missing–aromatic, which I never even thought of buying.

Oh well, I can work around it.  I’ve got way more grain than i know what to do with, some fancy new special yeast strains, and lots of enthusiasm.

I think the weekend is going to be brewy.

BTW, I’ve been told my blogs are long (my friend said I like to “chronicle”) so I’m trying to keep it short.  It feels like a cop out, but there you go.


About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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