When I came home from work, Robb was in Mad Scientist Mode. He's been reading up on the brewing of Belgian Style Strong Ales, which apparently relies on caramelized sugar for part of the fermentation process. Robb had excavated our candy-thermometer from our soap making supplies, and was baby-sitting the boiling sugar on the stove.
Unlike other styles of beer-making, which involve a lot of sitting around and waiting, this recipe required a lot of constant participation on Robb's part. I think he was really hurting after caramelizing the sugar. But, hey....when he's done, we'll have two or three gallons of Belgian style strong ale! That's almost worth it, right?
We won't discuss the apparently world-wide shortage of hops, or the fact that Robb has not assembled all the ingredients for this brew.
He tells me that if he can't find the correct hops, he'll make a Finnish beer out of spruce twigs. I informed him that in some cultures, serving something like that was grounds for divorce.