All was going well until the bottles of beer showed up at our table. To me, beer is beer. It’s an acquired taste so the colder the better.
For whatever reason, what my husband ordered didn’t taste like he expected it to taste so I told him he should brew his own beer to match his tastes. I meant it as a joke, a little sarcasm, something funny before appetizers.
He took it as a challenge and now he’s working on building his own home brewery because I issued an off the cuff challenge.
Less than an hour after hitting the Mac and doing a little online search for beer making possibilities, he settled on BeerAlchemy, an app that walks you through the home brewing process.
Uh oh. Chicago, we have a problem at the O’Brien house.
BeerAlchemy comes with a built-in database of brewing ingredients and lets you collect and manage your own brew recipes. Look, ma! I learned all about infusion and decoction while messing up the kitchen.
Apparently, home brewing is serious business and the BeerAlchemy app is no slouch. It’s actually complicated enough that you have to dig in and figure out how to brew beer the old fashioned way. At home.
This makes MacGourmet, my Mac recipe manager of choice, look like child’s play.
There’s a built-in inventory manager, a shopping list for ingredients, and a way to export all your recipes to your iPhone and iPad so you’ll never be without at least a recipe and a photo of your last home brew.
The app’s interface isn’t so much confusing as it is very thorough. Simply trying to figure out all the elements to a brew and how it’s made will give you a greater appreciation for what the Coors family did with mountain water.
BeerAlchemy handles both U.S. and U.K. unit measures, as well as metric units. Tell BeerAlchemy what ingredients you have and it will suggest a specific brew to match.
I admit that brewing at home is an interesting hobby, but in the end, our first batch of beer still needed to be refrigerated overnight before I could drink a glass.
Meanwhile, my husband is very happy with his new found diversion, but we don’t go out as often and our love life carries a fragrance more fitting for the bar and grill down the street.