Homebrewing has been a hobby of Ron's for many years now (he learned at the seminary). It's been many months since he's had a chance to brew, but finally, tonight, he decided it was time. I hope I get all the steps right! If not...I'll be back to fix them!
Step 1: Pour yourself a nice cold beer!
Step 2: Boil your water and your grains
Step 3: stir it and watch it boil
Step 4: Remove the grains
Step 5: Add the Malt (either in powder or liquid form) (and yes...please notice that Ron is doing this in the SNOW!!! And YES...it IS April 8th!!)
Step 6: Add hops (in either pellet or raw/fresh form. Our hops plant didn't produce last year, so he had to resort to the pellets this time.
Step 7: Let cool for a while. Then transfer to a carboy.
Step 7-a: first add a bit of water
Step 7-b: Then add the hot wort (you have to get your children involved in helping when your wife is too busy taking pictures to be of any assistance at all).
Rachel LOVES to help! Really...she does!
Step 8: Let cool til around 80 degrees or so.
Step 9: Add the yeast (this can be in liquid or powder form. This time he used powder for both batches)
Step 10: Shake it up to get the yeast all mixed in with the wort
Step 11: Cap it with an air lock and let it sit in a dark place for a week to 10 days!
(look for the continuing story when we get to the next step!)