Hey everyone! The below is a guest post from my dear hubs, Mr. R, about home beer brewing. He was inspired by his friend RaShun (you can check out his Etsy shop Cervza Fria here and be sure to follow him on Twitter for a good laugh). We bought the home brew kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop, which you’ll see more about in the guest post. Enjoy, and please leave Mr. R some love in the Comments section or my YouTube page.
“The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Words have never been more true, especially for me.
I will never forget when Amanda completely had me in her grasp. It was a Tuesday night and I was heated from working a long stressful day. I swung by her apartment for dinner and when I walked in, I found the table set with her signature shrimp and spinach pasta dish, a Black and Tan popped and ready, and a perfectly ripe banana adorning the rim of the plate. This was not a complicated dinner, no five-star presentation, but it was perfect – everything about it was just right.
The beer had a light sweat rolling down the bottle letting me know it had been out of the fridge for just the right length of time. The banana was sliced in such a manner that not one inch of it had gone to waste, and the number of slices matched up perfectly to the amount of pasta bites I was about to consume. The pasta had balanced spice to it – just enough to awaken your taste buds in order to fully explore the wonders of the freshly melted cheese and the perfectly grilled shrimp. All of these pieces alone are okay and consumable, but it’s how they all came together that made it a New Year’s party in my mouth, and who doesn’t like a fiesta for their taste buds?
This mouthwatering jamboree, that causes one’s eyes to glaze over once they have tasted a bit of heaven, is the reason I took interest in brewing my own beer. When talking with my friend RaShun (no that is not a typo, his name is spelled capital R lower case a capital S) I noticed that same eye-glaze wash over him as he talked about the different beers he has tasted, each so unique with their own distinctive planned fiestas waiting to be explored by his taste buds. After a 45 minute spiel about beer and the new world he was discovering, I decided I wanted to join RaShun on this journey and begin our voyage of Manifest Beer Destiny (minus the genocide and Trail of Tears of course).
So my lovely wife purchased everything I needed to get started from brooklynbrewshop.com and I have posted a how-to video on brewing one’s own beer; hosted by a Brew Master I am privileged to call a dear friend and my godson: