Almost all beer is made up of four ingredients: barley malt, water, yeast and hops. The relative simplicity of the list as well as the process by which their combination becomes a finished product, and a public whose beer palette has grown considerably more developed and discerning over the last two decades are perhaps the biggest reasons for the dramatic rise in home brewing of beer.
Home brewing has in turn given way to the huge growth of microbreweries as most if not all started in someone's kitchen, basement or garage. Some might say that craft beer is best found in these corners of the home and considering our introduction to JC Tetreault, a home brewer from Brookline, we might just have to agree...
We were quite lucky to find JC, or rather for him to find us (through BeerAdvocate.com). After checking out our website and watching some of our segments on local breweries, JC contacted us about doing a piece on home brewing at his Brookline home. We were thrilled at the idea and started shooting a couple weeks later.
And what a shoot it was! We talked to JC about his background and approach to home brewing and participate in a brew of his incredibly delicious oatmeal stout (check out the barley grind and how JC adds fully cooked oatmeal to the mash).
Many thanks to JC for sharing his knowledge and experience of home brewing with us. And check out his blog at http://www.trilliumbrewing.blogspot.com where you can find a great deal of information on brewing as well as learning about the amazing beers that he has created.