Woke up this morning and ran downstairs to check on my Kolsch. I heard it before I even opened the chest freezer, thumping away like the Tell-Tale Heart! Opened the lid to bubbles in the blow off and the steady "thump, thump, THUMP" got louder and I just grinned and giggled! I've been brewing for 8-9 years now and I still get excited when fermentation takes off... IT'S ALIVE!
Anyone else still find simple, childlike joy in their brewing?
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Since it usually takes a while, like the next morning, it's that relief that everything you did the day before "worked out". Oh sure, it could still end up being a bad beer, but you didn't mess it up so bad that the yeast are dead, or unhappy, or forgot to pitch yeast in it at all.
Whenever I see the bubbles I'm like "Aaaaah yeaaaah!"