Monday, September 26, 2011

Perfect Moment Monday -- Brewing Masters

What the heck is this?
No matter what it looks like, just know that it's Perfect!
Each week I participate in Perfect Moment Monday, sponsored by the blog, According to Lavender Luz, "Perfect Moment Monday" is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect Moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between." And so, here is a Perfect Moment for this week.

Me the Happy Brewer!
Pictured above is one of our first two cases of home brewed beer! We brewed a Pale Ale and a Scottish Red Ale as part of the Home Beer Brewing course that we are taking while here in PA.

Tom and David check the alcohol content of the new beer.
No, it's not an official class, but we did have homework (including reading our Home Brew manual and collecting and washing brown bottles -- which required some beer drinking). Tough, I know, but in a couple of weeks we will know the results of our efforts. I can't wait for the first official taste!

We met some awesome people who also brewed their own batches of beer, and the instructor of this course, is, well...he's quite adorable. Our instructor David B. is SO passionate about brewing beer and the science behind it. He refers to the fermenting beer as a living organism and "liquid happiness!" His face lights up whenever he is brewing beer or teaching something about the process. He LOVES to brew beer! It's quite admirable.

Sanitizing the bottles and then hanging them
to dry on the bottle tree.
The bottled "liquid loveliness" is ready to sit for two weeks
prior to our first tasting. I can hardly wait!
When I told Tom how impressed I was by David's passion, he said, "Honey, that's the way you are about yoga!" Yes. That's true. I just didn't realize it was so obvious to other people.

The great thing is that we have our recipes, the equipment and the experience to brew more. In fact, we may make it a life-long hobby.

It kinda makes you want to come visit us, doesn't it?

Spending this time with Tom doing something this fun was PERFECT!

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Lori Lavender Luz said...

Isn't it exhilarating spending time with people who are doing their passion? It's infectious. And yes, you are like this about yoga.

When you move on to wine, I'll book a flight ;-)

Kathy said...

So happy to be back here via Lori's Perfect Moment Mondays! I had forgotten that you had moved and really enjoyed reading about your home brewing. My husband and I love trying different kinds of beer, so that sounds like so much fun! :)

Lori said...

That sounds like an awesome hobby. Hope the beer tastes great! And yes, it does make me want to come visit.

St Elsewhere said...

Wow! It looks amazing...I hope your beer will turn out great too.

Liquid happiness? :-)

Glad that you got to indulge in your passion.