A girlfriend of mine recently put together an event for beer making. There were 5 of us altogether that went to try this. Beer making consists of three stages; the first, which was held last weekend, involved a taste testing to decide which type of beer we would like to make. We chose a blonde ale, which tastes similar to a Blue Moon beer. The process wasn’t quite involved as I was thinking. The beer mixture had already been boiled so our job that evening was to transfer the mixture into a 10-gallon bucket and then stir. Later we added the yeast and the bucket was put away until last night. On our second visit, we took the temperature of the beer, which should be between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a laser gun, I measured the concoction and it was a balmy 70 degrees. Perfect! The yeast had done its job (so I was told). Next up was take a measurement using a thermometer type device which was just dropped into the beer. It bobbed a few times and according to the attendant, it was where it needed to be. We then siphoned the mixture into a container that looked just like the office water cooler bottle but with a must fancier name that escapes me now. In two weeks we will return to bottle it. We got to pick out a label as well and add our names to it. It will be fun handing out bottles of my own brew when I have friends over for the holidays.
The same shop also allows you to make your own wine. One of the samples they gave us that first evening was of a black cherry merlot. Let me tell you, that was one of the best things I have ever tasted! We are going to return in January to create this concoction. It should be ready by the time the holidays roll around next year so there is a bit more of a commitment on this one.