Tuesday, March 1, 2022

My First Home Brew

This year I'm taking a course in Brewing Science and Operations through Saint Louis University, and my first term has focused on actually learning to brew. This was a completely new experience for me, as I have no prior brewing experience. Still, it comes down to a mix of planning, sanitation, and following a recipe, which is a set of skills I'd already developed pretty well. My very first home brew is a blonde ale. See below some photos and a couple of photos from my journey.

Brew Day

The Beer Kit and Supplies

Steeping the Grain

Chilling the Wort After Boiling

Pitching the Yeast

All Set to Ferment

The Look of the Wort

Transfer to Carboy

Bottling Day

Fresh, Clean, Sanitized Bottles

The carboy spent one week in the closet, then one in the fridge.


All Bottled Up

Now I'm just waiting a few days while the beer bottle conditions. In the meantime, I've already started work on my next batch, which will be a dry Irish stout.