Since it was a rainy weekend and we couldn’t go camping, we decided to do a few projects that we haven’t done yet this year. Ryan is actually pretty great at brewing his own beer. So we took a trip into town the Home Fermenter Store for an easy to brew batch of Cloud Break IPA.
I always get a kombucha kit to brew up when Ryan is working on his beer. I will walk you through the basic steps of both. They both make for a fun project for a rainy weekend at home.
Kombucha is really easy to make and you don’t need to have a kit, you just need a scoby and some tea to get started. You can find scobys at many health food stores.
You can also find several books on not just Kombucha but fermented foods.
This is what the scoby looks like in the packaging. Within the two weeks of the fermentation process it will grow a great deal in size, and it can be reused to make additional batches.
- Boil a gallon of water.
- Add 10-12 tea bags for about 4 minutes(I used coconut green tea).
- Remove the tea bags and turn off the stove.
- Stir in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved.
- Let cool till room temperature(I sometimes add ice cubes to speed up this process).
- Once the tea is cooled, add in the scoby.
- Cover allowing ventilation(I used a rubberband over a coffee filter).
- Store for your desired length of time. I usually go with 10-14 days any longer and it has more of a vinegar flavor and not as sweet.
- Bottle it and store it in the fridge, saving the scoby in a ziplock bag for your next batch.
Brewing A New IPA
Ryan does most of the cooking outside. You have to boil the grains, malt and hops for a good hour and if you’ve ever smelled hops you understand why we do this process outside. Ryan and I love the smell, but the boys hate it!🤢
We cool it with an ice bath then pour the batch into carboy, like the kombucha you need to let it cool to room temperature before adding the yeast.
Once the yeast has been added the fermentation process begins and your work is done for a few weeks. The carboy gets corked with a tube that allows for a release of pressure into a bucket of water. It sort of swirls around, girgling for a few days.
And that is how we spent our Saturday, pet time in the morning adopting our rat buddies and brewing all afternoon. It kept us busy, but next weekend… camping for sure!
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