Our First Homebrew

No, not this beer. This is the beer I was drinking while we started our day of brewing. While reading a homebrew book, the most common advice was to “relax, have a homebrew” and while I didn’t have a homebrew yet to enjoy, I figured I would relax with this tasty brew, the Scot-Irish by Bridge Brew Works of Fayetteville, WV at 8.3% abv.

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Boiling the malt.

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Taking out the malt. Its almost like a giant teabag.

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My dad and I split the Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro.

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This was after we added the hops.

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After the hop boils were complete, we moved it to the sink and hooked up the wort chiller to quickly lower the temperature of the beer.

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Gotta check the temp a lot. We also packed it in ice.

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We opened and split another beer, the New Belgium Lips of Faith Paardebloem.

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Transferred to the primary fermenter.

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And sprinkled in the packet of yeast.

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Then it sat in the primary fermenter for a week before we transferred it to the secondary. After about 6 weeks we bottled the beer. We let it hang out in the bottles for another few weeks, then it was time to drink it!

Ps- the beer turned out great! It was a huge success!

Climb and Dine

After a great night of climbing we ventured into Old Town to go to Red Rocks Pizza for some dinner and brews.

Red Rocks has a pretty good selection of beers, I ordered the Yards Love Stout by Yards Brewing Co of Philadelphia, PA at 5% abv.

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Next up was the Victory Golden Monkey Triple by Victory Brewing Company of Downington, PA at 9.5% abv.

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Other than the great beer and food, one of the main reasons we go to Red Rocks is because our awesome friend Miriam in the bartender!

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Good times were had.

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Climbing, Boating, and Beers!

My birthday was fantastic! Everyone managed to get out of the cabin at a good time and we headed to Summersville Lake! Half the group hiked in and half of the group went with my dad and picked up the boat!

I started off the day with some great climbs and then headed down to the water for a few beers!

I believe I had the Ayinger Celebrator to kick off the day!

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It was super cool to have some Johnstown and DC friends come out even though they don’t climb!

I also had the Saison Dupont by Brasserie Dupont of Tourpes, Belgium at 6.5% abv.

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And I had the Rochefort 6, going out on the boat was so awesome!

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For years we have been coming to the lake to climb, but have never gotten a boat! A big thank you to Jack for organizing and making it happen!

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And a big thank you to my parents also who did a ton of cooking and prep for the weekend! I had a blast!

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Wow, we kinda look like an advertisement for sunglasses!

Ok, maybe by this time I was getting a little tipsy! But I also had the DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter. Ill have to see if I can tour this brewery! The porter was good and worth getting again!

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Thirty looks like its going to be a great year!

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Thanks everyone! I think I ended up taking more beer home with my than I originally brought! Everyone kept giving me awesome beer gifts!