Imperial Stouts are notorious for having massive blow-offs. My wife got me an Imperial Stout all-grain recipe kit from Midwest Supplies for Christmas, and I had some time shortly after Christmas to brew it up.
It’s still fermenting, but this is what was happening roughly 18 hours after pitching 2 packets of S-04:
By the time all was said and done, I lost roughly half a gallon of beer into the bucket.
Brewing beer is a craft. One that takes time to learn how to master it. At this point, I’m no master, and have only been brewing on my own for a few months now. This blog is more of my journal. I’m going to document my brewing adventures (and even some baking adventures!).
Brewing beer at home is not for a lazy person.
The equipment and ingredients are expensive. You will probably never make beer cheaper than you could purchase it, even counting decent craft beers.
Brew days are time consuming. A small batch (1gal) of all-grain can still easily take 3-4 hours. A larger batch can easily become an all day adventure.
It takes a long time from start to finish before you get beer that tastes mediocre. Considering you have to ferment the beer, give it time to age and carbonate, you’re looking at 4+ weeks before you get something that resembles a decent craft brew.
A mistake early on can seriously ruin beer. Forgot to sanitze your fermenter? Whoops.
I’m sure I’m missing some things about brewing beer at home that can really kind of suck. So why would I still want to brew?
Because it’s fun! Seriously, you get to take grains, hops, and a (not-so) mysterious micro-organism called yeast and turn it into a tasty, fizzy, adult beverage we call beer. Each and every batch you make will be slightly different, either intentionally or not so intentionally. Want to know what Galaxy hops taste like? Make a beer that features them heavily. Want to know what vienna malt tastes like? Make a beer with a grist that has lots of vienna malt! The options are endless. The hobby is ripe for experimentation.