About This Blog
I started making beer for a few reasons. Mostly because I like cooking and chemistry and science and I thought that it would be fun to try something new. I thought that the kids would like the science aspect of it as well, such as seeing the bubbling and wild churning as the beer ferments. (It turns out that they would be more interested if I were making root beer.)
Secondly, I have somewhat particular taste when it comes to beer. I don’t like beers that are too bitter, like Indian Pale Ales can be, nor too heavy, likes stouts and porters. I like a pale, crisp, flavorful beer, not too bitter nor too bland. I figured that if I brewed my own, I could tailor the beer to my taste. And it’s true. I am making beer I love.
Thirdly, I sometimes wonder about additives in beer. Brewing my own, I know what is in the beer.
Fourth, with the move towards locally made food-stuff, there is nowhere more local than your own kitchen. Also, how nice to be able to reuse bottles! Recycling of glass uses a lot more energy than simply reusing the bottles over and over.
Finally, it’s a pleasure to have something nice to bring to friends’ houses to have with dinner other than a bottle of wine.
When I first started making beer I read a couple of books and I read various blogs and I was stuck by the fact that most of the authors were male. Few female beer-bloggers or authors did I find. Granted, men do drink more beer than women (although not among my group of friends nor in my household!) But, historically, women brewed beer. And I think that maybe men approach it differently than women might. I’m not really enthralled by aspects of male beer culture, anyhow.
Also, many of the recipes I see on line are for stouts and porters. Frankly, I’ve never really liked any of the homebrews I have had in the past, all made by men. They were too strong tasting and heavy. Now I keep seeing articles about how women tend to like different beer than men, and commercial brewers are starting to cater to this. (See, for example, http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/article6279955.ece) I am making exclusively ales so you will not find recipes on this site for strong flavored beer.
I decided to write this blog both to encourage women to take up brewing their own beer, provide some recipes that might appeal more to women, and to give a more feminine aesthetic and voice to the practice.