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Blood, Sweat, and Beers: Introduction

Posted by Beerographer on 1/22/2015 at 10:09:52 PM

On a lazy, winter Saturday I sat in my living room feeling empty. I had just finished the final episode of the millennials take on Friends and ever popular television show, How I Met Your Mother. I had recently moved 1,000 miles from home and fiancée, and had failed at one of my lifelong dreams (more on that later). I was spending every second outside of work on my couch watching Netflix and drinking beer. A very boring lifestyle for a man of such adventurous nature as myself. Then I saw it, as I searched for a documentary on beer, a youtube video by a man with a red beard donning a Virginia Tech shirt going through a tutorial on making beer with an igloo cooler. I watched it and thought to myself, I must do this. Ten days later my first extract kit arrived and I was hooked.

This blog is not just some dude's personal diary of brewing. I will preface this by telling you that I am no pro, at the time of this entry I have been brewing for exactly one year (don't close this window just yet). At the risk of sounding arrogant, self appreciating, or overzealous, I am here to tell you that I have come a long way, and this blog is meant to be a guide for those traveling through the first leg of their trip. Regardless of your destination or what level of brewing you are currently at I invite you to follow along, share some laughs and life lessons, and hell, maybe even learn a thing or two about brewing.

The first entries in this blog will be centered around my advances and failures in my first year of brewing. Once we are up to speed, we will begin the true nature of this blog, a journey from the garage to the opening day of a brewery and everything that entails. "Ye who scoff, shame on thee for it is the true nature of brewing to create something from nothing".

Disclaimer: You will be left in the dark on some matters, specifically intellectual property not yet covered by a trademark and business license, additionally certain aspects of my business plan and other "tidbits" that I must keep confidential for a certain period of time in order to protect myself and my investors.

I welcome all comments positive and negative, constructive and destructive, pessimistic and optimistic. If you don't hear from me from time to time it is due to the nature of my line of work which requires me to be in the field for unknown durations of time and cell phone coverage (some blogs will be posted via mobile phone so go easy on the grammar). I will always be sure to keep you posted on this when possible. Please check back in and comment however you see fit.

Planned Blog Chapters

1: Introduction
2: Mashuration- Understanding All Grain
3: Boils will be Boils- Understanding the Boil
4: Hops and Dreams- Understanding Hops
5: Yeast to West- Understanding Yeast
6: Fourth Fermention- Understanding Fermentation
7: Bottle Royale- Understanding Bottling
8: Keggervention- Understanding Kegging
(More to Come plus Current brew Day blogs)

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I am really looking forward to this series, especially the chapter on the boil.

posted by chino_brews on 1/23/2015 at 01:54:23 PM