|The "Lucky Lady"|
I had almost given up when I had what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime stroke of genius...beer. That's right... beer. BEER! BEER! It finally made sense: BEER! How did I miss it? Our Wedding is called Proctoberfest for God's sake. Of course we were planning on having beer at the reception... but we need special beer! We need a beer that will represent our eternal love (whatever that means). We need to make a beer that is for us and us alone: we need Proctoberfest and we need to serve it at our reception.
There is only one problem: I have no idea how to make beer. I have seen my dad make beer and have had a few homebrews but I need a "master-brewer" who understands the importance of this beer. I need a friend who is willing to dedicate many hours of his life and use of his equipment to make Proctoberfest. Lucky for me, I have just the guy, and he just so happens to be in my wedding party.
Buddy needed to try his suit on anyway and we agreed to have a Saturday afternoon beer planning session. He brought over some books and "samples" and we were on our way.
Buddy asked Laura and I about what flavors we wanted as well as how much alcohol we wanted it to have (I picked a 6.66 abv becuase I thought it would be "scary"). We selected the hops, the malts, the yeast and even the adjuncts. We entered numbers into a computer program and Buddy plugged away on a calculator. To say that making a unique beer is complicated would be akin to saying that the Wonder Years was an "ok" television show. At one point we considered stopping and solving the nation's debt crisis.
After 8 beers and a couple hours we had a recipe and half a buzz: not a bad way to spend the afternoon. (Also, I know many of you are wondering...his suit fit.)
Proctoberfest is now planned and its time to start the manufacturing process. Part II of the anatomy of a beer will be after we purchase all of the supplies and prepare for brew day which I am considering "Live Blogging" (once I figure out what that is and how to do it).
|A Masterpiece in the making|