I don't have a new beer tasting for you today. However, I present you with what is to come. Behold: the future!
With my remaining Flag Day funds, I stopped by the Grape and Granary and picked up my latest DIY project, a home brewing kit.
The kit includes a primary and secondary fermenting container, tubing, gaskets, whoseits, whatnots, thermometer, hydrometer, cleaning supplies, brewing manual, a bottle capper and caps. The store also sells its own prepackaged beer recipes, so I chose a porter for my first beer. The only thing I still need to buy is a brewing kettle (a five-gallon stainless steel pot).
I've already read through the brewing manual--some sections twice--which is more than I can say for this poor backburner'd book. In the coming weeks, I'll be updating on you on this latest experiment at Chez Enthusiastic-Viper.
I'm pretty sure nothing will explode. But I can't guarantee that the apartment won't have a foul odor while the wort transforms into delicious (I hope it's not poison) dark beer. Cheers!
For those of you who brew your own, feel free to impart your wisdom to a couple of first-timers.