It’s been a while since I’ve brewed any beers.
I miss doing it, too. The process is fun. The outcome is usually fun. I enjoy seeing people try my beer and finding out if they like it or not.
But I’ve gotten away from it. And I need to get back into it.
I have several kits to work on getting done. And then I have to find some recipes of grain that I have bought in the past.
Here’s my hope – said grain hasn’t gone bad. I can always pick up some new hops if I need to. We’ll see how it goes, right?
But I also want to mess around. For example, I picked up – at some point – three kits for a wheat beer. I got them at a cheap price and such, but I don’t want to brew three of the same one. So what should I do?
I was thinking of making one of them a blueberry/honey wheat … how’s that sound?
Maybe I can put some maple syrup in the other one. A maple wheat? Hmmm. Or, the fall is coming. Maybe some apples and cinnamon?
I also have a few stout mixes. I need to work on those. I’ve long wanted to do a blueberry stout. God that sounds good.
So it’s time for me to start peeking around and getting back into it. Getting some brews going. I think, eventually, it would be fun to graduate to a 5-gallon brew. The only issue there is I really need to make a beer that I’d like. I have some ideas, so we’ll see how that goes. I might get into a point where I do both 5-gallon and 1-gallon … and save the 5-gallon for times when I know a larger quantity would be good.
So if any of you are brewers … have any tips for adding fruit? I’ve done it once or twice and it was OK, but I want to make sure you get the hint of it. Any other tips as I get back into the brewing world?
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One day I might actually do this, but with so many great beer bars by me it’s easier to go out and get drunk!
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I don’t go out to get drunk … just kind of like to have a beer now and then. The process of creating the beer is the fun though. And hoping for something to come out well!
What about adding citrus or tropical fruits like mango? Those flavors usually complement wheat beers nicely. I don’t have any specific advice about how to add it in, though.
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Mango could be interesting, that’s for sure. I might have to look into that.