First Steps in Homebrewing with Darrell Humphrey

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This past weekend I got the chance to meet up with a brewer, stay at home dad, and all around good guy Darrell Humphery to learn more about homebrewing and share stories about fatherhood. I was also reminded exactly how much energy is required to keep up with two kids under six years old!

Darrell and myself starting the brewing.
Darrell and myself starting the brew.

It turns out that this guy lives about 1.5 hours from me. That’s pretty cool. Add to the fact that we “met” through a Facebook group run by Daddy Porter and both love beer. That’s a real win! I am a part of many online communities. The really cool part is when you have the chance to meet in real life. We drank some of his other brews, talked about being dads. He shared with me what goes into being a stay at home dad. I shared with him my role as a dad. It was cool to get out of the house and hang out for a while.

Part of Darrell's massive brewing setup. Shown is the keggle (keg converted to a brewing kettle).
Part of Darrell’s massive brewing setup. Shown is the keggle (keg converted to a brewing kettle).

The brewing process at it’s core pretty straight forward. So far, we have

  1. Heated a massive amount of water.
  2. Added a brewbag loaded with 10 lbs of grain into the keggle.
  3. Waited while enough time and heat, “forced” the sugar out of the grain.
  4. Removed the brewbag.
  5. Quickly cooled down this “mash” and transferred it into fermenting buckets.
  6. Add yeast to the mash and let it ferment.
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Some what labor intensive but, extremely rewarding we braved the 80+ degree temps to get this beer started. And while the mash was “cooking”, I cooked some barbeque on Darrell’s grill.

Pork barbeque getting cooked indirectly on the grill.
Pork barbeque getting cooked indirectly on the grill. Would chips on the burner to the right created the smoke.

The wort is transferred to buckets and the yeast is added. Then, things are sealed up.

Wort in the fermenting bucket and ready to start fermenting.
Wort in the fermenting bucket and ready to start fermenting.

Timing worked out perfectly. Just as the brew was completed being transferred into the buckets, the barbeque was just about done. I have to admit that those temps kind of wore me out.

Darrell approaches brewing in much the same way I approach barbeque. I appreciated his attention to detail and the craft that goes into brewing. I look forward to bottling the brew in a few weeks. Thanks again Darrell!


Rob Ainbinder

Rob is an SEO and Marketing strategist, creator, writer, entrepreneur, blogger, Dad and husband. He is also the author of “Mastering Google Keep”. In his spare time, Rob enjoys completing home improvement projects, crafting barbeque and cheering on the New England Patriots. Rob lives with his family (Wife, our teenage daughter, and dog Lilly) in Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem area of North Carolina.

3 thoughts on “First Steps in Homebrewing with Darrell Humphrey

  • June 9, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Nice writeup! Making me jealous.

    Just wondering which facebook group did you meet?

    • June 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Well, it turns out, YOUR group. Which I just updated in this post with the additional information.

  • June 10, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Thanks! I care more about the group and the people in it than my goofy website that I rarely write on anyway :)

    I’m glad you enjoyed your brewday with Darrell. Nice to be able to read about it.



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