Friday, April 8, 2016

The State of the Brewhouse

It's been a long time since I have given an update of what I am up to on the homebrewing front. So I wanted to share a little of what I currently have set up to make brewing convenient and enjoyable. With two young kids, it's all about being able to squeeze in a brew session at the drop of a hat. When brewing all-grain beers, the first thing you need to brew on a whim is a grain mill:

Oh, and the drill or a motor of some kind to drive it is a big plus. With this in place, grain in stock, and some dried yeast in the freezer, I am ready to brew on a moment's notice. This is a Monster Mill. It has put up with some abuse, keeps a good grind locked in, and has been a solid addition to my brewery for the 5 years or so I've had it. I should note that the drill is from a pawn shop. Great resource for cheap tools.

Molly Stout

Molly's birthday was just a few days ago and this momentous occasion called for a good spring beer to offer party guests. Sadie was kind enough to grace the brewhouse as I brewed Molly Stout:

The beer is ok - it kind of has that nutty taste I'm not too fond of in browns and darker beers, but usually only on the first few sips.

I put some cold brew coffee into half of it, but I haven't got around to kegging that portion, so I'll have to report back on if that was a good idea.

Vitals after the break: