Beer has been a part of my life from my earliest memories.
There was Sunday dinner: goulash, braised red cabbage, spatzle and beer!
I was two or three and enjoying the taste of beer ( I think I also took
an early nap!)
Both of my grandfathers had worked in breweries. Dedek Vyhnanek from
the Czech Republic, in his town of Kutna Hora near Prague, had his hands in the
pilsner. Grandfather Rauscher from Neustadt an der Aisch, Bavaria, picked and
sorted hops in the fields of Bohemia as a young boy.
I was fortunate to grow up with both of these experienced men. I remember
one of their later attempts at brewing and the Pop! Pop! Pop! in the middle
of the night. I now know someone put a little extra sugar in the bottles
prior to capping.
My mother Julia, has many stories of her father's brewing. My father
Rudolph, and his father gave up and bought it at the store. My brother
and I took my father's approach, although my brother Rudy and his friend
Kippy Miller made a couple of respectable batches of suds (at least that's
what the justice of the peace in my hometown told me). I'm happy to enjoy
the wonderful skills of others and am particularly still fond of Pilsner
Urquell from Pilsen in the Czech Republic.
Good Cooking is happy to link/relay the following sites to you. I've
browsed them and think they have information that maybe useful and fun! Prosit!
Good Cooking's A to Z Beer and Home Brewing Links
Please note that many of
these site are not in English,
don't be surprised to find out you can't read the Norwegian, German or Russian
pages. They are still fun to look at!