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A break from Argentina for some booze.

Here is a little break from all the Argentina posts to give you a taste of something a little different. About a month ago my buddy Raaj and I started a magical journey together. We started brewing a batch of beer together. Last Thursday we finished up the last step before drinking. Now we wait. In a short three weeks, we will be getting buzzed off our own creation.

Sterilized bottles, ready to be filled.

Mixing in the sugar to make sure carbonation is created in the bottle as well as a little more alcohol.

Filling the bottles.

Capping the bottles.

This is what a new father must look like, so proud.

Raaj lives around the corner from me. Our wives are high school friends. When the wives are out, Harold and Kumar come out to play. We thought it would be fitting to call our beer, Castillo Blanco, but we’re going to pronounce it like the Argentinians (cah-stee-show blawn-coe). For those of you that aren’t familiar with Spanish that’s White Castle.

Pandora Brewery? Middle Earth Brewery?

Okay, so the name of my brewery is still in the works, but it will happen…some day. Since it was girls’ night out for Michelle and Shivani, Raaj said it was man date night for us. To ease up on the one-on-one man lovin’ I invited Tim out and we went to go learn to brew beer at Culver City Home Brewing.

The place where they hold the classes is their store where they sell the supplies and kits to brew your own beer. They could run a much more efficient shop, but I get the impression that the guys that run the store really enjoy brewing their own stuff and teaching others. There’s no need to conquer the world just yet.

Adding malt extract.

Letting everyone get a smell of the hops.

While it was really cool to see how easy it is to brew your own beer, I don’t think I have the time or space to commit at this time to making my own beer. With the shitty apartment stove and lack of storage space it just doesn’t seem to make sense at this time.

But if there’s a sign that I will brew in the future, this is it.