The Art of Beer Making.

Everyone needs a hobby. Especially, if it’s a long season like the Cubs are having. Sometime last year, I got interested in beer making. It wasn’t until mid February when after all the research and slowly collecting all the material I needed, I was ready to jump into making my first batch.

Now, I’m the type of guy that likes to take his time deciding what to do first. I read through the recipes and picked one for my first brew.

It was from Charlie Papazian’s,”The Complete Joy of Home Brewing” It’s a great read even if you’re not into home brewing. I settled on the Sha Sha Shamrock Ale. It’s an Irish Red Ale. Three hours later and the beer was in the bucket for its primary fermentation.

Did I mention that I hate waiting? I cracked open a few two weeks into the fermentation. The beer was far from ready.

It was flat but tasted like beer and came out rather bland.  I’m making  my current batch of Propensity Pilsener. Which looks great in the carboy.

One of the great expressions in this book is,”Relax, have a Homebrew” The key to any kind of brew is not to rush it and let the yeast work its magic and not over react if something goes wrong.

My goal is to create the perfect beer.

What does this have to do with baseball and the Cubs?

There’s a reason ballparks sell a lot of beer.



  1. Minoring In Baseball · June 11, 2012

    That’s awesome, Mark. Making my own beer is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Having some Irish blood, I’d love to taste the Irish Red Ale! Good luck with the rest of your beer making, and drink one for me!


  2. macbeth11 · June 11, 2012

    Of course, the Irish Red I made was no Kilkenny but it was more to prove I can make a batch. I’m worried about the Pilsener I’m making. Hopefully that’ll turn out. I bottle it this weekend.


  3. Have fun, Mark! My husband brews, or at least did until about a year ago. I’m trying to get him back into it because it relaxes him. He started with the same book you’ve got. Good luck with your first batches.
    — Kristen


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