Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Getting Ready to Brew Beer

For father's day this year I got a brew kit and supplies minus the carboy (large glass jug). Julia's dad had given her an old Arrowhead water bottle a few years ago and since she knew it was sitting in the garage there was no need to buy another. All I had to do was clean it out with the my new large bottle brush and I'd be in business. Here's the rub: there was an strange looking dried out black substance stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

I filled the bottle a few inches with soapy water and let it sit a while. The strange substance didn't budge an inch. Next I used pure vinegar with some baking soda (and a little soap). That worked a little better but after a few hours of work distributed over the course of several days, I realized that I needed something else.

Last night I went into the bathroom and notice some rubbing alcohol on the counter. I poured it into the bottle and voila! the gunk began to dissolve. By the next morning the gunk has almost completely dissolved. I figure I have another hour or so to go get the remaining gunk and residual off the bottle but am now getting a little more excited about brewing my first batch of beer. (BTW for IPA lovers I tried a special Sierra Nevada brew named Torpedo on our vacation and loved it. )


  1. Hooray, beer! My hub and I started brewing our own beer this past winter/spring, and it is So. Much. Fun. Also, homebrewed beer tastes better than about 99% of storebought beers. I can't wait to see how you like it!

  2. BEER! TORPEDO! Must try. I am drinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale right now...it is my favortie beer of all time. I am getting inspired to try brewing again. Keep us posted on the process and results. Brewing would be something fave spouse and I could do together again. Is it wrong to involve children in the beer process?

  3. Yes, I can't wait! I'll let you know how it goes. And why not let the kids help brew the beer as long as they don't try to drink it later?

    I think we'll get our fist batch going this weekend with a post soon after.

  4. Torpedo is ok, although I prefer something along the lines of Stone IPA.

    Beer brewing is great. I would love to see some updates on your project!

  5. Ahh yes, I love Stone IPA too. Actually I plan to use Stone bottles for my beer (which will also be an IPA). Besides the great beer inside I like that the Stone bottles don't have paper labels.


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