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- Written by TheCellarMonk
The homebrewing community is thought to be one of the solitary brewer standing forth at his mash tun or brew kettle, contemplating his next step or next brew. Yes, there are homebrew clubs and such, but rarely do we get to see a couple that actually brews together. Past experience, and quite a few, "That's nice, honey" has this writer heard from his own spouse while brewing. We are excited to bring to CellarMonk our first husband and wife brewers. From the way it sounds, this will be a lifelong endeavor. Please welcome to the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame (Lara, women first ya know) and to the Not So Comfy Folding Chair of Fame (Paul). Our first Brewing Duo!
Name: Lara Murphy (@urbanroutine) & Paul Hobson (@CrocusBehemoth)
Paul: I'm an editor. I read medical research by day and books by night.
Lara: I work in the furniture industry, space planning and selling furniture for commercial dining spaces.
When did you start homebrewing?
Lara: I bought Paul an extract kit for Christmas in 2010. Our dog broke into the recipe box under the tree and ate most of the malt extract. The living room looked like a Columbian druglord had a party at our house--white powder everywhere. I just bought more extract, and put the box way up high!
Paul: That first beer was a tripel, maybe not the best choice for a first-time homebrewer. We won't talk much about how it turned out. Plums and lighter fluid come to mind.
What got you into homebrewing? A person? An unfulfilled interest? Sheer boredom?
Lara: We kind of got each other into it, after constant beer-drinking research together.
Paul: And the more we researched the more we wanted to understand exactly what we were drinking---what we liked and why we liked it. Trying to brew it ourselves seemed like the best way to do that, and even though that first beer was a failure, we knew right away we were into this for good.
Do you belong to a homebrew club? What is it?
Lara: We are kind of in two homebrew clubs. Because we are obsessed, and they are really fun.
Paul: Yep. Nash Street Homebrew Club in Hillsborough, NC, and TRUB in Durham, NC. This is good for everyone, to be honest. We're able to talk at length with fellow obsessives without braining friends and family with all our beer blather. Plus, some of the best beer we've tried this year has come from bottles and growlers passed around at club meetings, which is really inspiring. I still think of the open-fermented, barrel-aged gose a friend of ours brought to a recent meeting.
Where do you brew? Inside/outside?
Paul: On our front porch. We'll brew under the covered portion when it rains, but we like to be exposed to the elements on brew day.
Lara: We have these big wide steps that give us a kind of pre-existing gravity system too. Very handy.
Where do you ferment? Have you had to do anything creative to facilitate this?
Lara: Depends on the beer. We have a nice cool shower stall, a warm attic, a drafty bedroom, and a kegerator for lagering. The kegerator build was intense. I built it in three days, rushing so it would be ready for a marzen Paul was brewing at the same time. I finished it literally as the yeast was pitched. It came down to the wire.
Paul: That's the charm and curse of living in such a drafty old house. Any given day, you'll find us hustling carboys and buckets from one of these spots to another. Beyond that, the most creative thing we do is the standard cold water bath, swaddling a fermenter in t-shirts and submerging it in a few inches of cold water to drop the temperature a few extra crucial degrees.
- Written by Monk
I stepped about the cruise ship with high hopes. Here I was, being treated to a cruise by my mother and having to pay for almost nothing. I anticipated just lazing around sipping on a few cold ones while we floated by the lovely islands of the western Caribbean. Being my first cruise, I wanted to experience everything. The shows, the food, the casino and the nightlife.
Being a beerophile, my first thought was of what kind of selection was I going to be able to partake of, so head straight to the beer menu I did. What I found was, let\'s say, a bit of a letdown. Looking at the beer menu I began to wonder if AB/InBev had purchased the cruise line I was on. Of all the beers on the menu, they had a stake in at least half of them. After the fold is a listing of what was available: