He Brews Again!

brew haha

My husband has finally gotten out and started brewing again since Ellie was born. He is a budding brewer and before Ellie was born had been brewing almost every other weekend. And coming from a very scientific background, he means business when he brews. Of course I know nothing about brewing beer and happily nod my head whenever he starts talking beer. I’m happy enough just to drink it. But he loves getting out there for a full day and brewing. I captured the process this time so we could have a bit of documentation and thought I would share it here today.

hops and barley

grinding it down

brewing water

turning the brew

pouring

twisting and turning

measurement

baby brew

He built all of the brewing equipment from scratch and brews with hops he gets at a local homebrew store. He is wanting to one day brew with hops he, himself has grown. We had success growing hops on our balcony in Orange County so he’s very optimistic we can grow them even better here in Ventura County. He gets a sparkle in his eye anytime he talks about brewing. I know this is a little more than just a hobby for him. It takes time to brew and I recall getting a little resentful when he would claim a sunday as a brewing day in the past, but I know how much this brewing means to him and I’ve been trying to be a little more accepting of the hours he needs to complete a brew. It’s an exciting science experiment for this man of mine and every time he talks about it or shows me his process (which I still don’t understand) I see a dreaming, smart young man. It’s neat to watch him in his element- science. It’s one of the reasons why I married him. He loves a good puzzle and figuring things out. That’s what brewing is to him. And I love that he wants to bring Ellie with him sometimes to check on the brew. He wants her to see and learn what he’s doing, what he’s into. Mama is just a spectator when it comes to science and brewing. But, Ellie… she may have already been bitten by the science bug. And that’s certainly okay with me.

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8 thoughts on “He Brews Again!

  1. Wow. Again the similarities are blowing my mind! My husband is also bearded & has an interest in home brewing. Unfortunately we move too much so he’s only been able to play around with the Mr. Beer kits but our dream for retirement is to get into the beer business.

    • that is too weird! πŸ™‚ Maybe one day we’ll bump into each other along the beer business trail… my husband is pretty set on retiring that way as well… on his own hop farm and brewery.

  2. My husband too, brews. We had to stop during the four children under seven stage…but when they grew up and moved into the city, beside the major brewery, they felt at home with the scent of hops in the air!! We started up again to teach them the trade but can’t keep up with the demand!

    • Barbara, that is so neat! I think that’s exactly what my husband wishes for our baby girl, to be familiar with the smells and sights and (one day when she’s older) the tastes.

  3. It must be all of the smart ones that brew their own. My husband is an engineer, so I definitely know what you mean by the “science” of it all. He gets so involved in it, its amazing and I love to see that look on his face when the cogs start turning whilst he brews! And lucky for you, you enjoy drinking beer, so you’ve got one up on me, LOL!

    • that’s too funny! My husband is an engineer as well! It truly is that science mind that likes the brewing process! Thank you for visiting my space! πŸ™‚ We will have to commiserate when the brewing really gets going. In the summer he tends to brew almost every weekend!

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