It’s always exciting to experiment. Exciting and terrifying! Because regardless of how much planning, number crunching, considerations, and practice…experimentation can get weird. Right now we have locally grown and hand-picked elderberries fermenting in two 20 litre glass carboys. They have been added to our wheat beer and to an oatmeal stout (that we brewed for the first time). We like to hedge our bets so while we brewed an entire batch of both beers we only added elderberries to a part.
It’s something out of the ordinary to pass by some fermenting beer when you’re grabbing some pickles from the basement or going out the door and stopping to grab your hockey sticks. Yes, as noted, we’re still brewing in the converted garage and this weather means nothing is fermenting in there – it’s in the house. Some times I surprise even myself with how the brewery has made continued inroads into my living space. I have the feeling I’m not the only one who is super excited about getting the brewhouse into a proper home.