And it's not EPO...
I watch it happen in absolute awe. The last batch failed miserably and most likely because it was a very old kit, somewhere round the beginning of 2012. And the yeast - as I now learned - should have been in a freezer or at least a fridge to keep it fresh. Ja, china.
But I sat and watched for a bit tonight. It is magic. It's just natures way of showing how simple, uncomplicated and beautiful a process can be. There's sugar and this weird organic stuff called yeast. Give them enough time together and a wonderful thing occurs. The yeast eats the sugar and farts alcohol while they coexist in a oxygen depleted environment. In ancient, and sometimes still today, local folks just take a bag of grape juice and bury it and let nature take it's course. Not pretty, but it works and the lekker sap flows, party on.
And all the grain brew brothers go - "Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahhhhhhhrgh".
Micro brewing and particularly home / craft brewers have gone bos - be - v0k in the great ZAR. Two years ago a mate and I started out on the brewing journey and chatted to some okes in the industry, did some research and drank way too much of aforementioned product. Lets just say that little came from that endevour. But the bug bit hard and for the others that ventured down the malted road things happened. Jack Black, Boston, Darling etc. came to life and inspired a bunch of other beer swilling enthusiasts to delve deeper.
Only yesterday I came across Beerguevara and the Beer Lab - because I was rather desperate to save the stumbling old brew kit from disaster.
The funny thing about these suppliers - and they are really nice okes - is that they are never open when you need them. Check the operating hours out carefully. But give them credit too because both are passionate about beer brewing and will attend to any emergencies - in and after hours. Cool.
Back to the magic of nature. It only takes a couple of days - given the right temperature and some magical stuff for a malty smelling sticky solution to become an awesome IPA. That is what is happening in my bucket right now without too much external interference - don't mess with the bucket people...if I clean my bottles properly and bottle on time, the final product will prove most likely good. My wife may take exception to the bucket outside the front door, but it's the most climatically stable spot in the house. Ja, my tjomjies, it's just a recipe and nature does the rest. Kwaai...
Update: IPA brew kit is working. Bubbling away merrily. This is such fun.