Brewing takes time people! Oh yes, we’ve started. After getting a fridge tip from our good mate Nick, we bid and won BAM baby! Only $300 and it works (this is not meant as an insult on Freddies memory by the way, may he rest in peace), he haven’t got a name yet though, but he has been scrubbed very clean and given a proper welcome.
We also made the first draft for our bottle label hurray! Thanks so much Marlene, our wonderful graphic designer, for all your help now and in the future. The label is still under construction along with everything else design related. It will all be decided on and finished this week though, so we’ll keep you posted and remember to check the site out for updates on the reg!
So back to business, the brewing! We started yesterday round 4.30pm and wasn’t officially finished before 7.30 this morning. Actually, the beer was in the fermenter, in the fridge at 12.30am, but you have to wait for the beer to cool down to about 10 degrees before you can stir it and put the yeast in. What surprised us all was, in fact, how incredibly tiring it is to brew beer. It’s actually really hard work. You’re constantly afraid you’re gonna mess up, do something wrong, asking questions, looking at the recipe over and over again. The things is, you won’t know until 7 to 8 weeks later, when the beer is drinkable.
This is our first beer and we know that there’s probably gonna be lots more to try before we find the right one, but we still want this one to turn out good and tasty you know? Mari remember her cousin telling her when she was younger how “you got to kiss a lot of frogs before you find prince charming” and this is kind of similar in a way. We have to make some adjustments for every brew to find the right one. But at least, this is a start and it’s exciting and fun and exhausting and in our kitchen and money we don’t have and deadlines we don’t make. You have to take the shit to appreciate the good stuff and when it comes to beer, it’s definitely worth it.
Check out the pictures and we’ll end this with the beer quote of the day (Julz started this ages ago):
“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed – Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”
kristine, emilie, mari, julz