Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Beer Season

     Well hunting season over as far as deer and birds go and it was another fun year hunting with friends and family. Goose season ended as it started for me if I was in the blind they didn't fly and if I couldn't make it they tore em' up. My hunting partners were at least nice enough to share their bounty so I won't go without. Out with deer season and in with beer season. It has been about 15 years since I made a home brew of my own so after drinking a few of a friends we decided to get together and make a couple of batches. We hit Annapolis home brew for some supplies and the liquor store for beverages and spent a weekend making my house smell like a brewery to the dismay of the misses. We brewed the first weekend in February and just bottled it up this weekend. I forgot that brewing is just glorified dish washing but after washing brew pots, spoons, thermometers, buckets and 4 cases of bottles it all came back to me. We did manage to add to our bottle collection in the process and only let one batch over boil the pot so I got to add a complete wash down of the stove to the dishes. In the end we bottled 46 Irish red ales and 46 scotch ales. The reds should be ready in a week or to but the stronger scotch ale are going to have to mellow a bit. And now I got the bug again so I'm already planing a marzen and a batch of my cheap table wine for deer camp next fall. In the mean time I have been planning gardens and building a few more raised beds, hmm might have to plant some hops and see what happens.

Go do stuff!

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