Sunday, January 11, 2009
We've recently gotten back on the beermaking wagon. We've completed a steam lager, are about to bottle an oatmeal stout, and just set up new batches of British mild and hard cider, which you see bubbling away here. Making beer is perhaps the most cost-effective food you can make at home, with a 5-gallon batch costing about $30.
We almost never make beer alone--it's the perfect opportunity to have friends over, especially those who are interested in learning the process. In fact, we're thinking about organizing a beer cooperative, or Beer-of-the-Month Club, where a group of us can pitch in to buy the ingredients for a batch and then divvy up the yield.
We would really like to take our homebrew to the next level by doing our own mash and making large batches, but in order to do this we need a 15-gallon pot. It's been suggested to us that if we can get our hands on an abandoned keg and a plasma cutter, the resulting offspring would be the perfect size for the task. Time to start calling the area scrap yards! Oh, and check my Flickr Account for more pictures.