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Brewing Up a Good Time

August 28, 2010

Happy Saturday!

We had a great time last night helping the Culinary Couple brew a batch of beer (Altbier, specifically)—but more on that in a second!

Many of you have asked for the recipe for my flax crackers.  Here ya go! I made mine in the dehydrator, but I’m sure you could do it in the oven too.

Veggie Flax Crackers

Ingredients

2 cups flax seeds

2 cups (approximately) water

1 carrot

1/2 zucchini, or 1 small zucchini

1 tsp. herbes de provence

1 tsp. salt (I used garlic salt for extra flavor)

2 tbsp. ground flax

Directions

In a mixing bowl, cover the flax seeds with the water.  Allow to soak overnight, or for 6-8 hours, until the flax seeds have absorbed the liquid.  The mixture should be thick and gelatinous.

In a food processor, process the carrot, zucchini, and seasoning until smooth (you can leave it a little chunkier if you want bits of veggie in your cracker).  Add the ground flax seed and stir until smooth.  Transfer the veggie mixture to the flax seeds and combine.  Mix well, until all ingredients of the batter have blended together.

On a teflex sheet or parchment paper, spread the batter to desired thickeness.  I made mine about 1/8 inch thick.  If using the dehydrator, dehydrate for 6-8 hours, then flip and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours, until crackers have reached desired crispness.

And that’s it! They were really easy to make, and tasty! If you make them in a traditional oven, let me know—I’d love to know the cooking time and details!

Moving on…back to the beer!

Last night, we headed over to Nick and Emily’s, where we enjoyed some lentil soup before we got started on the beer making:

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Delicious! Perfect for the fall weather we’ve been having. Emily also made a peach blueberry crumble that was really tasty:

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After dinner, it was time to roll up our sleeves and get to work! We’ve been really interested in trying some home brewing ourselves, so we were excited to help Nick and Emily with the brewing process! This is their second batch—back in July, we got to taste a delicious wheat beer that they had brewed earlier in the summer. 

This time around, they were brewing an altbier, which is a dark-ish German ale. 

After boiling a pot of water, the flavoring grains were placed in a mesh sac:

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and boiled…basically like a giant tea bag!

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After boiling for about twenty minutes, the sac was pulled out and liquid malt was added to the brew:

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After another thirty minutes, two kinds of hops (bitter and finishing) were added and boiled.

Then the mixture was cooled down to 70 degrees.  After cooling, the brew was poured poured through a strainer into a sterilized bucket (ale pail):

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The yeast was added and stirred…

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and then the bucket was sealed up!

The beer will be ready for bottling after a few weeks, and then it sits in the bottles for another couple of weeks.  This batch will be ready sometime in October…probably right after Nick and Emily come back from Oktoberfest in Germany!

It was a great night.  The beer-brewing process is lengthy, but definitely not difficult.  You just have to follow the steps.  We’re really interested in giving it a shot ourselves now…I think we might have to look at some brewing kits online!

We have beautiful weather today, so I think we’re going to take the dogs on a hike. Hope you’re having a great Saturday!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2010 2:30 pm

    This brings back memories of when Andrew used to brew beer all the time. Not sure why he stopped… he needs to get back into it!! I loved the way it smelled!! 🙂

    • August 28, 2010 2:32 pm

      Yeah, we thought it might smell gross, but I really liked the smell of it!

  2. Jeremy permalink
    August 28, 2010 3:12 pm

    Oh yeah, brew it up! Hope the batch turns out great, homebrew’s a perfect complement to Fall. Oh, and every other season. 🙂

  3. greensandjeans permalink
    August 28, 2010 3:21 pm

    Homebrewing always reminded me of a huge science project, and seeing as I am a nerd, I always thought it sounded like fun!

  4. highonhealthy permalink
    August 28, 2010 4:49 pm

    Homemade beer looks so lengthy to make.. good thing I don’t like beer! Actually, even if I did I would probably just go buy it. I’m lazy that way. 😉 Making it homemade is probably 100x more satisfying though.

  5. August 29, 2010 12:00 am

    crackers look great and so does this brewin’ action!!! how fun!!!!

  6. actorsdiet permalink
    August 29, 2010 2:21 am

    impressive! my husband has been talking about making his own brews for a while. but i’m guessing i’d be stuck with cleanup, AND i don’t drink so who benefits from this?!?!

  7. Ginger permalink
    August 29, 2010 12:42 pm

    That looks like fun – more involved than Mr. Beer! I’ll be curious to see if the beer is really good, and I’m sure it will be.

  8. August 29, 2010 1:48 pm

    So neat!! Nick and I are huge beer fans, HUGE, and I would love to make my own beer one day. Last night we got to try the Great Lakes Octoberfest beer, and it was so amazing. We can’t wait for the Christmas ales to come out!

    I hope the beer turns out as delicious as I think it will. I have a couple friends who make their own and it always tastes amazing.

  9. August 29, 2010 7:20 pm

    Ive been trying to convince my boyfriend and his friends to brew some beer at home. Maybe Ill do it without them!

  10. August 30, 2010 3:33 pm

    I made crackers once, the taste was VERY strong and I keep meaning to make them again, with milder flavors, because it was FUN. 🙂

    Jason and I brew our own beer – I love watching the bubbler 🙂 I’m not a big beer DRINKER, but I really enjoy the process.

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