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Watch out Tupperware and Mary Kay, There’s a New Party In Town Brewing

September 13, 2010

The end of the party.

Watch out Tupperware and Mary Kay, a new type of party has hit the streets.  It’s the beer brewing party.  This past Saturday night, I had the pleasure of having a great bunch of people over my NYC apartment to drink some drink and brew some beer.  The idea was thrown around for sometime since all of us enjoy a good beer and some of us actually brew.  After the logistics of aligning New Yorker’s schedules, we finally chose a date.  So what else goes into the planning of an event like this?

First, we needed to decide upon a style.  Luckily everyone seems to enjoy a somewhat hoppy beer, so it was in tall order that we decided upon an English Style IPA.  Note: I urged at the English style versus the American style since often American IPAs are far too hoppy and bitter.  Plus, English IPAs tend to be slightly crisper than some of the smooth American versions.

Next, we needed ingredients.  Luckily, Brooklyn Homebrew has a phenomenal selection of ingredients and supplies for any kind of homebrewer.  The recipe was as follows:

  • 6 lbs of Briess Liquid Malt Extract (for the yeast to ravish on)
  • 1 lbs of Caravienne  (for a touch of malty sweetness)
  • 3 oz of Fuggle hops (for flavor/aroma)
  • 1 oz of Goldings hops (for adding aroma)
  • Wyeast British Ale Yeast (chosen for it’s ability to make beers crisp and dry as well as to let malt and hops dominate)

Simplicity at it’s best.

Next, brewing.  Everyone came over, we popped upon a few beers (Long Trail, Leffe, Blue Point Hoptical Illusions, etc.) caught up, started the brewing process, and ordered some Tibetan food.

The steeping of the grains.

The blogger and brewer filling up a sanitized carboy with cool water.

I will not bore you with the rest of the details, but let’s say stove top ranges are not optimal for getting a gigantic kettle of water to boil.  All in all, the wort is fermenting well, it was a good time, and in a few weeks time I’ll let you know how our beer tastes.  Oh, and we’re entering this – Homebrew Hero, so watch out.

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