Welcome to my home-brew page!
I come from a family of fantastic home-brewers. I am here to share generations of Ethiopian style honey mead (tej - ጠጅ) and Ethiopian style black beer (tella - ጠላ) brewing with easy step-by-step photoes.
I do my brewing in my pantry, which is about the same size as my small kitchen.
Even though, some fun gadgets like auto-siphon, bottle filler, bottling Bucket, bottle Caps, airlocks, hydrometer etc., make home brewing a breeze; a miniscule mishap could create a mess - a splash on the face and eventually on the floor, place you in a panic mood, end up cleaning the mess and not to mention that lingering smell of brewery in your house for days.
But still, I wouldn't trade home brewing for the world. Besides the big payoff comes after waiting for months; opening the first bottle and pour some in your favorite glass [Yes, it has to be your favorite glass wares and decanters as shown on display below] and take one sip and you know you’re are going to be happy. How happy? Happier than the classic, “You don't look your age,” compliment. Trust me, when you’re sixty something, compliments like, "Oh, my God! You look fifty something." is sweet music to one’s ears. Even better, sometimes a few kind souls would say, “You even look forty something,” and before you have a chance to say, "Really?" - the reminder echo of quick wit of your inner voice - "They’re not wearing their glasses!"
So what is it really about my inner geek that drives my passion for home brewing? I will assure you it’s not only about the spritz, so, as it turns out, it’s equally about the enthusiasm of concocting spritzes to my own personal taste, the possibilites of perfecting it and not to mention the sense of pride of my own creativity. So I suppose it’s also about nurturing my inner creativity as well.
PS: When it comes to enjoying tej or tella, we ain't talking about getting too happy here, just a glass or two, occasionally. "Moderate drinking," as defined by the U.S. Department of agriculture is no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.