Is something organic if it is shipped across the country? What about the fuel that is used and how that affects our environment, not to mention the freshness of the food and a myriad of other factors. Over the last few years i have been reading everything i can get my hands on to help me answer these and other questions so sit back, relax and explore where my quest has taken me thus far.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


We are making beer!!!! It has been brewing for about 2-1/2 weeks at this point. After our bad night at the local bar which gave us nasty headaches we purchased the necessary equipment and started our first batch of beer.

There have been a few mis-steps along the way, but hey, life is a journey and sometimes there are bumps in the road. All in all I think it will turn out alright. For our first batch, we choose to make an amber ale, a nice middle of the road beer that we both felt we would enjoy. We ordered the 5 gallon bucket with all the cool hoses and tubing necessary, the only upgrade we decided upon was to have a glass carboy instead of a second plastic bucket, I feel that plastic tends to hold flavors and thought a glass container would help to eliminate this problem. It will also double as a vessel for making wine in someday!

Currently our beer is fermenting in it's bottles (which we recycled from beers we had already consumed) and should be ready around July 16!!!!! When I did the math on this, the savings from brewing our own was huge. Normally we pay about $9.00 for a six pack. By making our own beer it came out to approximately $3.37 per sixer, or $0.56 per 12 oz beer. Oh being sustainable is such a savings!!!

Stay posted for the great beer tasting!!!!

signing off
~ the beer"mouster" (c'mon, I had to;)

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