Brewing with the Kids: Day Two

Vacation Monday started out pretty much the same as any other Monday.  Tiffani got up early to get in a run and then woke me up around 6:45am while she got dressed and ready for work.  I had no reason to lay around, so I went downstairs, grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down to watch the news.  I hung out for a little while later than I usually would but then went into the shop to make sure the guys had a list of projects to work on for the week.  My plan was to shoot over to Weak Knee to pick up a sack of Maris Otter and some of the other ingredients I would need for the rest of the week, but when I looked up their hours I saw that they are only open Thursday through Sunday.  Unfortunately I can’t wait that long, so it looks like I’ll be making a trip over to Keystone on Tuesday. I left the shop just after 10am and got home around 10:30.  At that point I went down to the brewhouse and started heating the strike water for my Sweet Stout.

The actual brewing went well.  It took a little longer than usual to heat up my strike water because I forgot to wrap my kettle with its insulation, but otherwise there were no issues.  As usual, while the water heated up, I ground my grains and got everything sorted.  Once I mashed in I went to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things for dinner, came back and made lunch and sat down to watch another episode of “Luke Cage.”  My timer went off just as the show was ending and I went down and ran off into my boil kettle. The boil went as usual and I used that time to clean the kitchen (and watch another episode of “Luke Cage”). An hour later I was chilling, preparing my mini-conical and getting ready to add my yeast.

By 3PM I was all cleaned up and ready for my own run.  For years I put off brewing at times because I felt I would need to lose a whole day, but now I am set up in such a way that I can knock out an all-grain batch from absolute start to completely cleaned up in under 4 hours. Besides, as I’ve tried to illustrate, even during my brew day I can get plenty done around the house and still spend time with my family.  Hopefully these posts will encourage others to brew more frequently.  If I were single, I could come home from work, brew a beer and still be in bed at a reasonable time.

Tomorrow: a trip to Keystone and the next beer; I’m thinking a trial run for my American Amber duel with Shaun.