I've heard about people starting a brewery out of a garage, but what about an easy-up? Haha! These are some snapshots from our brew this past weekend in Lake City, Iowa at Once, Then, and Again Antiques and Collectables. We had a lot of fun doing two batches! We ended up making a Imperial Red Ale and a Brew-in-a-bag IPA. Below is our happy neighbor and Andy's wife Typhanie that was enjoying passing out the end product from a few weeks back while she sold lots of spent grain products, (soaps, flour, oils, and even dog biscuits). I could see this happening a lot more often!
I went to work steeping the grains, adding the LME and accidentally skipped the DME and went straight to boiling the hops. I guess I got over-excited about the hops...
I didn't realize the DME was left out until after I had put my beer in the primary fermenter with the yeast so there was no turning back. I later learned from a community on Google+ that the pound of DME that I left out wouldn't make that much difference so I didn't feel as bad.
The beer fermented and was ready after a little over a week to transfer it to a secondary fermenter. In the secondary I tried something new though. I tried out "Hop Tea" in the brewing process. That is where you take a normal coffee french press, add some full leaf hop buds and boiling water to let them steep for about 45 minutes. It makes for an amazing aroma.
When I kegged the beer in my soda can and added CO2 I almost couldn't wait to taste my new creation! I waited about a week and it turned out delicious. The few bottles I made didn't turn out though. No carbonation.
Brewing is always an adventure! When brewing, try and commit your additions, subtractions, and mistakes to memory so you can remember what you did when you find a beer that you like. Trust me, you will make mistakes but the more mistakes you make, the faster you will learn!