I don’t remember exactly when I decided to take up home brewing. I’ve dabbled with a couple of wine kits in the past, but had never been too impressed.
I think it may have something to do with my first (and subsequent) visit(s) to Nutbrook Brewery. It got me thinking that I could start to dabble at home and produce something more suited and fitting for the British climate.
Anyway, the idea sat in my brain for a few years. I visited the odd brew shop, had a look and didn’t do much. I visited a few pubs, drank some beer and thought about it.
I suppose it also has something to do with money. I’ve already cut back on transport in favour of the bike about 50% of the time. Currently, my daily commute costs me about 600kcal, some sweat and £1.13 in bus fare. This would be a good way to save alcohol expenditure and drink better, fresher beer as a bonus.
One day, I saw a poster for Beeston Beer Club in Cheers Homebrew, Long Eaton.
I visited and experienced the most incredible meeting I’ve ever been to.
“Right, shall we start on the lagers…”
I’m now in a position where I’m really inspired and excited about starting full grain brewing. I’ve had a bit of a thrifty spending spree on reduced and second hand equipment. I’ve also bought a book!
Now, I’m not fully there yet. To get me started, I’ve got a Pilsner kit on the go that went out of date in 2009. It seems to be fermenting, but its taking longer than I thought.
I just need to get a few more bits and bobs, like a hot liquour tank and a boiling pan. Then I can buy some grain and start properly!