It’s been thirteen months since I have brewed a beer. It’s been approximately twenty-five months since I have brewed a successful beer. Yeah, the last one just, sort of, kinda, well … exploded. I had planned an awesome Winter of Brewing, beginning in October of 2012. This did not occur. Life conspires. Time expires.
As with most home brewer’s, however, creating Art In A Glass is in my blood and eventually I shall return to it just as the Jedi returned to a galaxy far, far away. And whence I do I’ll begin with old recipes that I have stored on my computer. Once I need more I’ll be looking online. Like I haven’t been doing that anyway.
Some brew recipe sites are difficult to navigate. I like this one at the moment: The Brewer’s Barrel. It’s a clean site, nice fonts, good colors, easy to read. Those are seriously important factors for me. The site does not allow you to create your own recipes. It is a compendium of recipes from home brewer’s around the country. The home page lists popular recipes and newest recipes. You can also choose to see all recipes. They are grouped by style and indicate if they are All Grain or Extract recipes. This site is a great starting place for a Brew Day.
While it doesn’t let you craft your own specialized recipe it does have a practical option that other similar sites seem to lack. Once you’ve found the recipe you like you can click “Buy Ingredients.” The Brewer’s Barrel is connected to a home brew supply company in Chicago called Brew Camp. Once you click their link you can buy the exact ingredients in that recipe. Now, it sends the order immediately to Brew Camp. You’ll get an email confirming your order. Make sure you’re ready to order when you click the link and enter your information. The guys at Brew Camp will send you a confirmation email within a few hours and contact you for payment.
The homebrewing community is a social place and Brewer’s Barrel capitalizes on that. Go on, check it out. Add your own recipe. I hope to get around to brewing it one of these days.