Certain drinks can illicit lifestyle rituals: tea, wine, etc. The preparation of some of these is both approachable and has ritual all its own: coffee, beer, etc. This evening found a buzz of activity at Nova Labs which included prototyping a tea steeping system and our first-ever brew mash preparation. Yes, tonight we brewed a batch of beer.
There was no shortage of interest. Brewmaster Jim had previously presented a survey of beer: its history, its typology, its preparation. This whet many an appetite and thankfully he returned for an encore event. Given the enthusiasm he could have just shown up and explained brewing in detail but that’s not Jim. No, he went far further than that.
When Jim walked through the door this evening it was with a caravan of equipment. Boxes of brewing ingredients, boiling pots, heating elements, brewing containers, and more. This wasn’t going to be a “tell” nor a “show and tell” … in the tradition of making he was going to have his audience actually prepare a batch of wort for brewing. Amazing!
Patiently over the course of hours Jim walked us through the process. He wove education into a guided tour with hands-on activity every step of the way. We did the work as he supervised and the result was first-hand experience. The result of our work in 21 days will be a fresh batch of All Malt Pilsner. At that point we’ll hold a bottling event somewhere … and we’ll all have become successful apprentice brewers.
Nova Labs is very fortunate to have friends like Jim.
“Thank you, Jim!”