Three months, two weeks after the boil we finally opened one of our 'Imperial' IPA's. Oh man, well worth the wait.
We boil/brew most of our beer over the winter, ales especially like the coolness of our root cellar and age very nicely and we're kinda partial to ales.
Next up will be a couple clones we've been wanting to try, a 'Surly' bitter and a 'Surly' furious. Should be able to open the first 'tongue splitter' ale in a week. Can't wait.
So this is what beeks are up to during the winter months :)
The best thing about brewing your own IMO, besides the relative cheaper cost, is that if you brew up ales especially, there's a 6 pack (or in some cases a 12 pack) worth of buzz in each 22 oz bottle 8-). Usually all I need.
We try to buy when ingrediants are on sale and still use kits when we get lazy. Our middle son is the 'real' deal' though making some amazing stuff. He's determined to become a professional brewer.
Cool thread, thanks.