Monday, February 02, 2009

cupid's valentines stout


loyal readers of this blog know i'm a fan of fine beer, and as it turns out i've been busy working on a homebrew project with two of my good friends. last night we bottled our first batch which means it should be ready to drink on valentines day. the homebrewing process is not for the impatient - our stout brewed with cocoa and strawberries will end up taking about 5 weeks from start to finish, but we think we're going to end up with one fantastic beverage.

in this picture ryan is filling the bottles and matt is getting ready to cap them. they make a pretty great team.

any suggestions for our next batch?

13 comments:

Kathryn Lymburner said...

Oohh that sounds yummy...

How about coffee and peach?

Ken said...

I made home brew many years ago. Mine had the distinct taste of laundry tub.

ben wideman said...

Kathryn, coffee and peach... interesting. We've been thinking about a Belgian Ale - maybe peaches would go well.

Ken, that is too funny.

Kathryn Lymburner said...

I'm a big fan of Belgian lambics... Also cherry or mango....

Cafe Pasadena said...

I think you've found the love of your life - along with the wife. In what order...only you know.

ben wideman said...

my wife ranks above all.

but beer, baseball, and theology are a close second.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I don't know about this venture. Looks to me like your mixing a bunch of differing brands together and pouring them back into the emptied bottles. Oh yes, and you look guilty doing it..

ben wideman said...

That would be much easier...

Maybe we should think about that for next time.

But no, I can assure you it was brewed on our kitchen stove with the finest ingredients, and fermented on the premises.

patmccullough.com said...

Ryan has a suspicious look about him. Like you're making bombs or something.

[Disclaimer for government googlers: They are all pacifists and are not actually making bombs.]

Cafe Observer said...

bw, in our building, next to my office used to be an attorney who used part of it for his rock band practice. When he wasn't practicing law, or band, he was into brewing his own brew.

ben wideman said...

Oh Pat, you're going to get us in big trouble.

Cafe, that sounds pretty cool!

altadenahiker said...

I don't know about the second batch, but I know who should sample your first.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'm not convinced.

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