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Arlington resident and homebrewer Rob Fink is making a crisp, summery IPA for the season. A typical brew day takes between six-to-eight hours and involves several pieces of equipment and a series of chemical reactions. Here, Fink boils 10 gallons of a wheat and barley-infused liquid. The mixture boils for approximately 75 minutes before the next step of brewing begins. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Arlington resident and homebrewer Rob Fink is making a crisp, summery IPA for the season. A typical brew day takes between six-to-eight hours and involves several pieces of equipment and a series of chemical reactions. Here, Fink boils 10 gallons of a wheat and barley-infused liquid. The mixture boils for approximately 75 minutes before the next step of brewing begins. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The beer Fink is brewing contains 52 percent barley, 40 percent red wheat and 7 percent victory malt. Approximately 25 to 30 pounds of grain go into a 10-gallon batch, like the one Fink is making. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The beer Fink is brewing contains 52 percent barley, 40 percent red wheat and 7 percent victory malt. Approximately 25 to 30 pounds of grain go into a 10-gallon batch, like the one Fink is making. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Here, hops are added to the boil. Fink purchases his hops and grains from a local homebrew store. The liquid in the boil is referred to as wort. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Here, hops are added to the boil. Fink purchases his hops and grains from a local homebrew store. The liquid in the boil is referred to as "wort." (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Here, Rob Fink (left) sets up some of his equipment while friends and brew helpers keep a watch on the boil. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Here, Rob Fink (left) sets up some of his equipment while friends and brew helpers keep a watch on the boil. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink, who has been brewing for five years, uses dried hops for this batch. Fink also grows his own hops in the backyard, but opted for this variety, which possess a bitter, grapefruit taste. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink, who has been brewing for five years, uses dried hops for this batch. Fink also grows his own hops in the backyard, but opted for this variety, which possess a bitter, grapefruit taste. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Fink measures out the hops, which will be infused with the wort using a piece of equipment called a hop rocket after the boil and during the cooling process. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink measures out the hops, which will be infused with the wort using a piece of equipment called a "hop rocket" after the boil and during the cooling process. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink takes a smell of the hops, which infuse the beer with a very forward flavor. For this beer, Fink adds approximately 2 pounds of hops to the 10-gallon brew. Even on the homebrew scale, thats quite a bit. Its somewhere between an IPA and double IPA intensity, he says. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink takes a smell of the hops, which infuse the beer with a very forward flavor. For this beer, Fink adds approximately 2 pounds of hops to the 10-gallon brew. "Even on the homebrew scale, that's quite a bit. It's somewhere between an IPA and double IPA intensity," he says. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink grows three different kinds of hops in the backyard. One type is called Zeus, which Fink explains can be used as a bittering hop or dry hop. He says this hop is especially good in an American-style IPA. The second type of hop Fink grows is Centennial. However, this hop doesnt grow very well in Virginias climate. The third hop, Cascade, grows especially well in Northern Virginia. Its the ubiquitous American craft beer hop, Fink says. The hops bud in early August and are harvested in early September. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink grows three different kinds of hops in the backyard. One type is called Zeus, which Fink explains can be used as a bittering hop or dry hop. He says this hop is especially good in an American-style IPA. The second type of hop Fink grows is Centennial. However, this hop doesn't grow very well in Virginia's climate. The third hop, Cascade, grows especially well in Northern Virginia. "It's the ubiquitous American craft beer hop," Fink says. The hops bud in early August and are harvested in early September. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
After the grain and hops are boiled to make the wort, Fink strains the grain and adds it to a compost pile in the backyard. (WTOPRachel Nania)
After the grain and hops are boiled to make the wort, Fink strains the grain and adds it to a compost pile in the backyard. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A brew day is not complete without a few things on the grill. Fink and his wife, Kate, make burgers and hotdogs, which pair perfectly with Finks last brews, which he serves to his guests. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A brew day is not complete without a few things on the grill. Fink and his wife, Kate, make burgers and hotdogs, which pair perfectly with Fink's last brews, which he serves to his guests. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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During the boil, Fink places drops of the wort on this tool, which measures the potential alcohol volume of the beer. This beer is going to be 7 to 7.5 percent alcohol per volume upon completion. (WTOPRachel Nania)
During the boil, Fink places drops of the wort on this tool, which measures the potential alcohol volume of the beer. This beer is going to be 7 to 7.5 percent alcohol per volume upon completion. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The tool measures the pre-boil gravity, which gives Fink an idea of the alcohol content of the beer. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The tool measures the pre-boil gravity, which gives Fink an idea of the alcohol content of the beer. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A table of tools and tubes wait for the next steps of the beer process. One very important part of making beer successfully is sterilization of the brewing equipment. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A table of tools and tubes wait for the next steps of the beer process. One very important part of making beer successfully is sterilization of the brewing equipment. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink moves the wort off the boil and begins to start the cooling process. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink moves the wort off the boil and begins to start the cooling process. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Not everyone in attendance helped to make the beer. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Not everyone in attendance helped to make the beer. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Fink uses a piece of equipment that helps to cool the wort after the boil. Water-in and water-out hoses are attached to help reduce the heat of the wort. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink uses a piece of equipment that helps to cool the wort after the boil. Water-in and water-out hoses are attached to help reduce the heat of the wort. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink loads the second batch of hops into the hop rocket for the next part of the brew process. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink loads the second batch of hops into the hop rocket for the next part of the brew process. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink removes the old hops and the grain, which will go into the compost pile. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink removes the old hops and the grain, which will go into the compost pile. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
After the boil, Fink stirs the wort. He explains that all of the particulate settles out and forms a dense cone in the middle. This also gets discarded and is thrown into the compost pile. (WTOPRachel Nania)
After the boil, Fink stirs the wort. He explains that all of the particulate settles out and forms a dense cone in the middle. This also gets discarded and is thrown into the compost pile. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink attaches the tube that will bring the boiling beer to the chiller. The beer will then filter into two five-gallon buckets. The beer will be ready to drink -- at the earliest -- in three weeks. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink attaches the tube that will bring the boiling beer to the chiller. The beer will then filter into two five-gallon buckets. The beer will be ready to drink -- at the earliest -- in three weeks. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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A view of the tubes and equipment required for Finks homebrew process. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A view of the tubes and equipment required for Fink's homebrew process. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The filtered wort pours in from the chilling equipment. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The filtered wort pours in from the chilling equipment. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink and a friend hold up the wort tube and the hop rocket to ensure that all of the liquid makes it into the five-gallon buckets. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink and a friend hold up the wort tube and the hop rocket to ensure that all of the liquid makes it into the five-gallon buckets. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink tastes the wort, which has a sweet flavor. Essentially, it tastes like beer without the alcohol. The yeast Fink adds to the wort will feed on the liquids sugar and release carbon dioxide as a bi-product. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink tastes the wort, which has a sweet flavor. Essentially, it tastes like beer without the alcohol. The yeast Fink adds to the wort will feed on the liquid's sugar and release carbon dioxide as a bi-product. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Fink mixes the yeast before adding it to the wort. One bi-product of fermentation is ethanol, which is the alcohol present in the beer, which makes everyone happy. The other product is carbon dioxide, explains Fink. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink mixes the yeast before adding it to the wort. "One bi-product of fermentation is ethanol, which is the alcohol present in the beer, which makes everyone happy. The other product is carbon dioxide," explains Fink. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Fink adds the yeast to the wort, prior to sealing the buckets. The yeast is not just taking a backseat to the hop flavor. Its there to compliment and amplify, Fink says. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Fink adds the yeast to the wort, prior to sealing the buckets. "The yeast is not just taking a backseat to the hop flavor. It's there to compliment and amplify," Fink says. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The sealed buckets sit until the second fermentation process. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The sealed buckets sit until the second fermentation process. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Equipment from the day must be sterilized before it is used again. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Equipment from the day must be sterilized before it is used again. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
After the brew process, guests enjoy one of Finks previous brews, a crisp saison. (WTOPRachel Nania)
After the brew process, guests enjoy one of Fink's previous brews, a crisp saison. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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