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Brew Brothers

January 6, 2016

In keeping with the state of flux, yet another dear housemate has bidden farewell. After years of living in the garage, dearest Foosball Table departed the garage for other adventures. The vacancy was filled quickly and the newest addition promptly moved in hosted by myself and Andy.  Welcome, Garage Brew System!

Farewell, Foosball, you shall be missed; visitors touring the Walnut garage will no longer hear the Scott Brewing Posefrenzied clack and thrum of the table soccer arena, or the whoops and curses of missed goals instead, passers-by on brew day are greeted by a teetering contraption of metal tanks, worn wood, steam and the smell of wort mingling with the rhythms of Brazilian surf rock in a great, singular burst of creation. Set on wheels the not officially named brew system (currently ‘the beer thing’ or ‘the beast’) can be rolled out of the garage, filled with water and grain, and fired up for by any lay aleman to initiate the ancient art of beer brewing.

Previously, this messy and cosmic act was attempted in the kitchen, which I quickly learned as a new housemate was not ideal often getting in peoples’ way, using electricity and steaming up the house. After making a couple of three gallon batches in the south kitchen during my second week as a housemate I realized that producing beer in larger quantities (as I was hoping to) would be challenging. Yet with some help and backing from housemate Andy, craigslist, and a friendly person with a truck, this propane-fired dragon found its way to Walnut St. where it now lies, sleeping on a bed of bubbling carboys and guarding a great hoard of aging bottles and kegs.

The system allows someone to easily brew 5-10 gallons of beer without using any processed malt extracts, instead relying on whole grains and hops as a commercial brewery does. The cost per gallon of beer is around $4-5 even when overhead costs like fuel are taken into account. (The spent grain also makes the chickens happy!) Although Andy and I haven’t dared a full 10-gallon batch yet about 40 gallons have  been brewed so far.

The first keg of Walnut beer was Andy’s Centennial IPA which was shared during “Radical Film Night” and the next 5-gallon batch a Munich-style Ale was ready for New Year’s Eve. Forty gallons may sound like an uncouth amount of ale to have around, but it is important to note that the brewing adventure is about far more than the search for intoxication. The journey of making perfect beer is much like the alchemist’s spiritual quest, a deep inquiring into one of life’s microcosms. Beer has also served in the past as a facilitator of social change, both as a tool of protest and a foundation for radical space and community. So raise a glass! Rarely can spiritual and social growth be so tasty.

Skål!

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  1. Taylor Ober permalink
    July 7, 2016 8:37 PM

    Very interested in becoming your new roommates. My wife and I are just moving to eugene and would like to move into something very similar to what you have set up. We are a quiet couple for the most part. I am very 420 friendly and would love to help with the gardening as well as anything that needs to be done around the house. We have a motorhome at the moment and that is what we are living in at the moment. If you could get back to me I would greatly appreciative.
    406 465 6290

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