Just in time to make my January batch - tonight I brewed a Franziskaner Hefeweizen clone. Because of the cold weather, it was an indoor extract batch, using a modified recipe from Beer Captured. One case from this batch is a birthday present for my father-in-law; the rest will be for us and some friends.
Tonight was a special occasion because I had the founding members of the Indiana Beer Club over to see how to brew beer. We cracked open a few homebrews given to me by a fellow homebrewer, along with a growler of Marzoni's Doppelbock, Sly Fox Christmas beer (2006), and a few Magic Hat beers from a sample pack. We paired those with some aged cheddar and Amish blue cheese.
Another special part to the evening was a visit from Bill Zimmerman, a journalist from the Indiana Gazette. Bill is working on an article about local homebrewers and home wine makers - the article should appear in the Leisure section of the Feb. 11 edition. Bill spent about an hour with us, learning about the brewing process and enjoying a few beers with us. Hopefully, the article will attract some more brewers and some new members to the beer club!
I started the batch about 18:30, and the yeast was pitched in primary by 22:15 - not a bad way to spend an evening.