Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weekend: Homebrewing

Matt just finished the bottling process for his amber ale homebrew. Now it waits bottled in our basement until it's finished. Homebrewing takes a good initial investment for all the supplies and equipment but after that, you're ready to brew. And with stores like Northern Brewer in the area, it's easy to experiment with everything from ales to meads. Yes, we like our beer in Wisconsin--so much that we'll make our own.

Want to learn more about brewing? Start off with the Lakefront, Sprecher, or Miller brewery tours for the basics of brewing. Then take a brewing class with the Beer Barons of Milwaukee, a local homebrew club. Trust me, it can get as complex and as extreme as you want (like Discovery World's class on recreating an ancient Turkish beer recipe), but that's half the fun. After all, you're basically doing one big chemistry and physics project. So grab a lab partner and let's drink!

Northern Brewer (1306 S. 108th St.) is on south Hwy 100 in West Allis and open M-F: 10-7, Sat: 10-5, Sun: 12-3

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