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Brew Day: Organic Red Ale

Last Saturday, we brewed our second homebrew, a red ale using all organic ingredients from Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply in Santa Cruz. This time, we are fermenting it in a 6-gallon glass carboy instead of plastic fermenting bucket, and the results are way more fun because we can see the activity!
To go along with our all-organic ingredients, I also began reading Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer by Amelia Slayton Loftus. You'll notice that the individually wrapped packages on the table aren't the most sustainable, so as we get better at this and begin designing our own recipes, we can begin buying in bulk and reduce waste. Maybe someday we'll even grow our own hops!
 The malted barley grains after steeping.
 The red ale brewing on the stove!
 The view of our backyard orange tree through the backdoor while brewing.
Shortly after this photo was taken on Saturday, the gardener came and pruned the tree, so there's far fewer ora…