I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before, but le boyfriend and my dad are both homebrewers. Dad started years ago when I was still a wee lass and the smell of wort in the kitchen was enough to send me outside playing for hours. Since then he’s been brewing pretty consistently and his most recent batch (a pumpkin ale that was brewed with a whooole bunch of real pureed pumpkin) is fermenting as we speak.
Le boyfriend (another avid beer drinker) started brewing this past year and has already accrued quite an impressive array of accoutrements while busting out some consistently delicious batches. In fact, we’ve been drinking an Irish Stout for the past month that is just perfect in this blustery winter weather. Word to the wise for those on a budget: once you’ve gotten ahold of all the tools, vats, etc, it’s pretty cost-effective to brew your own amazing beer.
But although I’ve been an enthusiastic, mash-stirring, clock-watching assistant (not to mention a ready and willing taste-tester), I wouldn’t say that I’m quite the right lady to present a beer recipe to you all any time soon… maybe I’ll enlist one of them to do a guest post sometime in the future. In the meantime I wanted to share some pictures from the latest brewing session which took place over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s on its fine way to becoming a Winter Ale, and I’m excited to taste the fruits of these relaxing labors. I may not have taken enough photos to prove it, but I have to say there’s nothing like brewing beer on a sunny November afternoon on California’s beautiful Central Coast.