After conceding to outside world that I needed to be a 9-5er, my passion for coffee and the coffee scene went quietly into the night. I just lost my interest. That is the problem with having hobbies. Hobbies for people like me become obsessions. You want to be in that world all the time. You create a cell and you put yourself in it. You are not the captain of your ship nor the master of your soul. You are the man in the box.
After I started my new career in Financial Services, I let myself detox for a while. I wanted to just get away from my former self and let my ideas and ambitions ferment. The plan was never to have a plan. The notion of a plan itself seems mundane. At the end of the day however, you are a slave to your true self. You end up having to will yourself away from ideas and aspirations. As I said, those ambitions ferment, and you are left drunk with curiosity.
So the beer thing didn’t come to me in a eureka-type moment. It wasn’t something I always wanted to do. Until about a month ago I really only had any interest in drinking beer. I think what really made me change my tune was desire to learn another craft. I like things that are complicated. I like to change things and watch them change on their own. Beer is also relatively inexpensive. It consists of grain, water, sugar and yeast. Not really going to break the bank with that grocery list. The beautiful thing I am learning rather quickly is that there are different schools of thought. Much like coffee, there are the dark brewers and the light brewers. There are ingredients-oriented brewers and pure production operations. It is nothing new to me. In a lot of ways it’s an easy transition out of coffee. Most of all, I am also very excited I get to keep my hipster interactions to a minimum.
So, you can follow along if you like. I am gathering all the necessaries to do a full 5 gallon batch of hefeweizen in a few weeks. I will offer pictures and a look into the evolution of the process. I am going to be using a Belgian strain of yeast coupled with some traditional German methods. My goal is to yield something with 10% alcohol.
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