Home brewing has exploded in San Diego. A trip to Home Brew Mart is enough to tell you that there are lots of brewers out there, and some of them are quite serious. In spite of that, there remains a great deal of mystery about brewing, especially at home. I am surprised that the most common question I get is: “How do you bottle your beer?”. Continue reading Bottling Beer
At food lunatic central, we’ve been home brewing for the past 4 months. In that time I’ve come to truly appreciate the importance of yeast. Yeast is a living organism, without which beer would not be possible. That’s probably why it is so expensive. The yeast for a 5 gallon batch of beer can cost upwards of $30; as much as the other ingredients combined. To address this, I’ve built the tools necessary to propagate yeast. I also want to try to build up a bank of master samples I can reduce how much I have to buy in the future (possibly to zero?).
In 1999 I hiked San Elijo Lagoon with my physics TA. When we arrived back at the cars, one of his friends produced a bulbous brown glass jug and asked, “Who wants some delicious beer.” That was a shocking and revelatory moment for me. Before that day I had never seen beer stored in a such a large vessel, and I had never heard anyone describe beer as “delicious”. More importantly, I had never tasted real beer. My life was forever changed. Continue reading Stone Brewing Media Blitz