First Homebrew in almost 3 Frackin’ Years

Great beerWow, have I missed home brewing. Last weekend I brewed for the first time in almost 3 years! I started my journey back into to the brewing world with my go to Ordinary Bitter recipe. I altered the recipe with ingredients that I had on hand. So, Victory Malt instead of Biscuit and used Willamette for the 60 and 30, then Sonnet Golding for the last addition.

The brew day was going so well that I decided to make another batch. So, I went into my recipe database and grabbed my Heinrich Märzen recipe. This is a killer recipe and I have a lot of friends ask me to make it. Seeing as I really have missed this tasty beer, it seemed the right thing to do and a tasty way to do it.

The day didn’t without any glitches though. I brew with propane. I realized that I had no BBQ lighter and only had 3 matches (that I only found after a 15 minute house search). Instead of driving to the store, I lit a candle with one of the  matches I had. It worked, much to the questions from my family as to why there was a candle lit on the stove on a sunny 25C Sunday afternoon.

80L of goodnessAll said, at the end of the brew day, I had 80L of wort ready to ferment and could not wait for the tasting.

Tonight, with a pint of my Ordinary Bitter, I am raising a toast to being back into the fold of creating my own crafted beer.