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.