Brandie's First Brew Day

I have a little catching up to do on these Journal entries... This post should have been entered back in October... better late than never.
We are so proud of our girl (and co-owner) Brandie for wanting to learn the entire brewing process. This is her first brew - Cranky Clyde Cream Ale. She was the brewer from start to finish.

Brandie setting the panel up

For anyone that has ever attempted all-grain brewing, it is a complicated process with a lot of moving parts. Brandie jumped right in (under strict supervision from brew-master Roscoe) and learned the entire evolution. There is no better way to learn then to do.

Left, Brandie is cracking the grain (called grist) - Right, she is stirring the mash.

In the end, Brandie produced a fabulous batch of Cranky Clyde Cream Ale, and gained a great deal of knowledge on the whole process. Mostly, she got to spend an entire day with Roscoe and I, which is priceless. Great job, Brandie!

If you don’t like to clean, don’t become a brewer.

Brew Day

Why is it that I bound out of bed in the morning when the yeast starter is on the stir plate and the grain has been measured and at room temperature? I have the same feeling at 50 years old on a brew day as I did when I was 13 and headed for a day at the little league field. It's what I love to do. We are conducting a dual brew in the "brewery" today. I will be brewing the Wonder Star Pale Ale and Roscoe (my faithful sidekick) will be brewing up a new recipe that is a moose-Drool clone.