As I have just started writing this blog a couple of months ago and if you are reading this you probably know that all of the topics thus far have been about cooking projects from the ground up. When the idea of a new project pops into my head I must pursue it until I reach my goal of a reasonable clone (of what my understanding of the standard is) or I abort and retreat to ponder the next attempts strategy. I must say that I have alot of fun with all attempts regardless.
I haven't completed any projects lately that have been large enough to site but I have been working on piecing together a home-brew kit to make beer in the all-grain method. As I produce my first batch I will share all the in's and out's of the process and the pitfalls that I arise as I experience them. I've made beer with malt extracts before and while the beer is a good outcome, it just doesn't hit the spot for me as far as "ground-up" projects. It's kind of like making koolaid... or something like that. Although there is a certain amount of accuracy (especially sanitation) needed to make extract type beer it's not as crucial as with doing it with all grain. My goal is to make a beverage with the four main ingredients of beer; malted barley, hops, water and yeast. I just thinks it's cool! I'll feel like I've "made" beer even more so than with malt syrup. That post will be coming up soon.
Just a side note for other later blog posts, I will be getting a few chickens in my back yard to provide us with a few eggs to have around the house. It will also help to create the setting for my fantasy of having a smallholding farm, which is most likely not in the cards for me.