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Our second batch of beer

My buddy Raaj and I took a break after our first batch of beer, but we finally got our act together and started brewing our second batch. We’re about one week from opening the bottles. This batch is an IPA, and we decided to dry hop this beer for extra aroma. Let me take you through the process.

Here are the ingredients. Who knew beer was made from weed and cocaine?

Mashing. You can eat the spent grains for cereal if you want, but we were told that you better stay near a toilet. The fiber level is off the charts.

Wort. This is unfermented beer. That means no alcohol yet, so no drinking this.

Once the wort is cooled, it can go into the primary fermenter.

After a week or so, we’re ready to go into our secondary fermenter. Sanitizing equipment is key.

Secondary fermentation…go!

Since we had some unseasonably cold weather, we wrapped our baby up.

After a week in the secondary fermenter, it’s time to add the Chronic dry hops.

This will add flavor and aroma to the beer.

Time for bottling!

Brewing beer has been a lot of fun, and it’s been even more fun to do it with a buddy like Raaj. So while this is only our second beer, I dedicated the name of this beer and the beer label to him because he loves IPAs.

 

You might also say he puts the I in IPA.

The Birth of Castillo Blanco

Remember when I wrote about how I was home brewing with my buddy Raaj? Well, our first batch of beer is complete. Check out the label I created for our first round of beer.

It smells like beer. Well not to Michelle.

It looks like beer. It tastes like beer. We have beer!

I’m really happy that our beer turned out to be…beer. I was really afraid we were going to have some skunky concoction that we were going to have to dump or use to polish chrome. We’ve only had a small taste thus far, but we can put it to the test this new year’s eve and see if it does what it’s supposed to do. Get me drunk.