It’s official – I am a brewer.
Blondie and I returned to Hopster’s last night to bottle the Irish Red Ale we had brewed two weeks ago (you have to wait two weeks to bottle in order to let the beer ferment). Turns out the bottling process was a lot of fun.
Five easy steps:
1. Flip a switch to air lock the pour
2. Flip a switch to push in some CO2
3. Flip a switch to pour the beer
4. Flip a switch to stop the pour of beer
5. Flip a switch to release the air lock.
Super simple. That is, of course, unless you flip the switch to release the air lock prior to flipping the switch to stop the pour of beer. When that happens you just stand there watching beer pour out for a few seconds, wondering perhaps why the CO2 didn’t work. I’m not going to name names as to who messed this up and gave the devil a full share, but let’s just say it wasn’t Blondie.
After that, I was on capping duty, no longer allowed to handle the goods. Capping was really easy too – just add the cap to a magnet and pull a lever to crush the cap around the top.
How does it taste you ask? Well it’s an Irish Red but a rather light one. I was looking for a light, smooth beer that would appeal to a large group of people (my relatives at our family reunion this weekend). Goal accomplished. Not a hoppy beer and easy drinkability. Perfect for a summer picnic.
As for the name – Blondie and I kicked around some historical names but none of them really stuck. Then it came to me, like lanterns shinning from the top of the Old North Church – "TWO IF BY SEA". Historic and punny – just like Boston Crawling Pub Crawls. So we slapped a picture of Baby Paul (Boston Crawling’s logo) on the label and, voilà, I walked home with three cases of self-brewed beer.
If you’re interested in brewing you own beer, but don’t want to buy the equipment, check out Hopster’s in Newton.
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