We brewers are makers. We filter raw materials through a means of production and make a product. Weather you are brewing with a pot and a cooler mash tun or a RIMS system you own the means. Homebrewers are the capital owners, the executive, the worker, the artist, and most importantly the consumer.
I’ve always been a creative guy. For example, when I was a kid I used to draw sunsets and mountains on everything. I programmed my first computer when I was around 12 which by today’s standards is over the hill for such precociousness but back then I was the only kid I knew who could program a computer.
Today I still program computers and brew beer as a creative outlets. Creating new beer recipes is only one aspect of the brewing process that is creative. There’s also the bottle labels, kegerator and fermenter placards, and other ancillary do-dads and thingamajigs we Homebrewers get to play with.
Today is Sunday and at least once a month on this day that means brew day for the EC Rebel Homebrewery. Today’s project is Hasty’s Irish Red. It gets is name from the first time I brewed it and forgot that St. Patrick’s day was only two weeks away. So to get it ready in time I had to put the breaks on fermentation after 4 days, use isinglass fining to rapidly settle the yeast out of solution, and I force carbonated it. …AND IT WORKED. Now I brew it far in advance but the name stuck.
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