Making time for hobbies and diversions has been a challenge for me, with a toddler and a new born in the house. I've been trying to find the time to get back into it, and a friend may have given me the push I needed to get back on track.
A buddy from my weekly bible study brought up the idea of brewing, and asked if I would be interested in getting together with him and his brother for some beer making fun. Apparently they have both become disillusioned with their careers and toyed with the idea of opening a brewery or brew pub. They figured a little homebrewing might be just the thing to get their feet wet.
Ahh... The old "lets open a brewery" plan B that lives in the back of the minds of so many craft beer lovers, including mine. When our day-to-day lives slaving away at what ever we do for a living loses it's luster, visions of brew tanks dance in our heads. Sadly the plan typically includes these steps, and these steps only:
- Brew a few batches of beer
- Stumble upon the ultimate beer recipe with no real brewing training or experience
- Some how find funding to open a brewery or brewpub
- Become wildly successful with minimal effort
I'm still on step 1 myself... Oh well, no harm in dreaming and having fun while doing it. So, what's a good simple first beer to make with newbies? Any thoughts?