I have talked about doing homemade gifts in 2011 and less purchased items. I was sitting at work last week, and I thought about Todd and his beer. Todd loves beer. He likes the dark, bock beers. All of a sudden, a light went off in my head. I am going to try to make Todd beer! We make our own wine and have all of the equipment needed. I found several websites that have instructions, and there are a few YouTube videos as well.
I saw online that there are these adorable brown plastic beer bottles that can be purchased from Amazon.com (swagbucks!) for $14. I was so excited I found them. They are reusable! Just wash them out and then rebottle in them with the next batch! Then I remembered what this is really about. It’s not about the LOOKS of the bottled beer, it is about the TASTE and showing my creativity and love to Todd. I can get plastic bottles from people here at work. They drink bottled water like it’s going out of style (I wish they’d invest in a Kleen Kanteen,) and the bottles are always in the recycle bin. There is a sanitizer that is used for wine and beer making that cleans them out thoroughly. The only thing I will need to make the beer is malt.
Another great thing from what I’ve read about the beer-making process, it doesn’t take NEARLY as long as wine does. Todd could be drinking his homemade beer within 2-3 weeks of me starting the project. 10 gallons could be made for the price of the malt and some sugar. It was recommended that if I want to bypass the sugar (which I do because the least amount of ingredients used, the better my chances are to making great tasting beer,) I could double-up on the malt and leave the sugar out. SO…because we have a 6 gallon carboy instead of a 10 gallon bucket, and the malt comes in 4 lb cans, I am going to make 4 gallons of beer for Todd. I came up with this number after doing some math. I did some research and found that the malt I would want to buy to make a dark bock for Todd would be less than $15! This malt would make 4 gallons (of the double-malt, no sugar mixture) which is equal to 32 – 16 oz. bottles of beer. How much would the beer cost per bottle, you ask? $0.47!
I probably wont start the batch until February to be ready for his 40th birthday. I am going to try to hide it from him so that it will be a surprise. I cant wait! I am horrible and keeping surprises. Can I do it?!? We will find out!