“It takes a lot of beer to make wine.” That’s the way the saying goes among homebrewers. As one must patiently sit by as wine ferments, clarifies and ages in fermenters originally intended for beer, life seems to be on hold for a while. The thoughtful brewer will have enough beer laid up beforehand to last through the tedious waiting time that is wine making.
Tonight was wine bottling time at our house, marking the end of the fruity stuff’s monopoly of my equipment. My next batch of beer will soon be on the way.
As Sandy siphons the wine into bottles in the background, I pass the time with an extraordinary beer. Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout has an amazing aroma of malted barley that is, in itself, half the pleasure. Lactose sugars, which don’t ferment, are added in the brewing to keep this stout sweet and smooth as promised.
Another surprise hit from Kiuchi Brewery of Japan.