A couple of weeks ago I spent a very pleasant afternoon is Hershey Pennsylvania drinking beer in the Hershey Gardens with some friends. We were attending a fund raiser for The Milton S. Hershey Foundation. In amongst the tents handing out free beer was a guy who was brewing beer in a kettle over an open fire.
Rich Wagner is a Pennsylvania Brewery Historian. We got to talking about all grain brewing, and as he walked me through the process, I got bitten by the bug. For the 3 years I have been making my own beer, I have used liquid extract, dried extract, and have always steeped my grains. No more. Rich explained the process of all grain brewing so well, that I am going all grain.
The first thing I will need is a mash tun so that I can make my own extract. I have a couple of coolers lying around that could fit the bill, so my investment will be fairly minima. I will need to buy a valve, and some stainless web to strain the liquid out of the cooler into another vessel, but again that will be minimal.
And I got so excited about becoming all grain that I decided that I would grow my own hops. Got on Ebay the other night and bought 4 rhizomes that should be getting here in the next couple of days. One of my friends, being a competitive type wants to take half of the rhizomes to his house to see who will end up with the most hops. Which is interesting as this friend doesn't drink beer. He just wants to see what he can do.
Some peoples kids. What can you do with them?
I will keep you informed as to the progress of these projects as we get into them.