Oats + Hops

September 15, 2010

Guess what’s happening in the KERF household today for the first time in about 6 months…

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Matt got up at 5:30 to start brewing. I roused at 7:30

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This amazing mess of a breakfast was enjoyed amongst the smells of hops and malted barley

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Lets see if I can remember the mix:

  • Yogurt (maybe 1/2 a cup?)
  • Pumpkin (~1/3 cup)
  • 2 tbsp raw oats
  • 1/2 chopped apple
  • 1/4 banana
  • Chia seeds 
  • 2 dried figs
  • CROFTER’s NORTH AMERICA!! ( <– found on sale at Integral Yoga)
  • Coconut butter magic shell
  • Nuttzo blob
  • Earnest Foods Granola Plank

Warm coffee was extra delicious today!

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I was very unproductive yesterday, so I’m hoping today I can focus.

That is unless the smell of the brewing makes me tipsy!

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1 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

My husband is making wine at our place. We’re not big beer drinkers

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2 sweetersalt September 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

My fiancee desperately wants to start brewing, but hasn’t done the research on how to start up yet. Seems like such a fun hobby!

Laura

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3 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

I love that Matt brews beer! Teh most my mum would brew is tea :P

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet September 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

Oh exciting! I would love some homemade beer. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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5 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 15, 2010 at 8:24 am

Mmm I’d love if my BF made homebrewed beer!! Crofter’s Superfruit spreads are the best…I have a jar of North America in my pantry right now, actually!

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6 Rachael @ Mrs. Adventure September 15, 2010 at 8:25 am

I love brewing our own beer… or should I say I love that my husband does? We actually just completed our first batch of wine! The hard part with the wine is it needs to be stored for 2 more months… so it takes so much longer than beer!

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7 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

haha fun! my husband would love that.

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8 Christine September 15, 2010 at 8:31 am

Beer. Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!

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9 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

Great oats. I am really liking pumpkin in my oats these days :)

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10 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 15, 2010 at 8:36 am

That yogurt mess looks delicious.

My bro in law brews his own beer and it is so funny to watch him because he is just so excited about it. I’m sure Matt is the same way!

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11 coco September 15, 2010 at 8:38 am

You brewed bear this morning, I baked bread at 5.30AM :D
I hope to have a productive day too :)

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12 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 15, 2010 at 8:39 am

Your breakfast looks festive, like a circus. :)

Jenn

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13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

I need to start brewing some gluten free beer for my husband. We started talking about that about a month ago and I need to get to researching that more. Good luck on being productive today…hopefully I will be able to do the same!

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14 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

That’s really cool that Matt brews his own beer! :) Your breakfast looks so tasty and colorful! YUM! Have a great day Kath.

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15 Kristy@ KristyRuns.com September 15, 2010 at 8:44 am

Whoa. That breakfast bowl looks amazing!

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16 lisasfoods September 15, 2010 at 8:44 am

I love hearing about homebrewers – what kind is he making?

My boyfriend and our old roommate spent an evening brewing beer several months ago (probably six months ago too!), and the yeasty, hoppy smell filled the house. I love made from scratch projects.

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17 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 15, 2010 at 8:46 am
18 Kath September 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

Oh gosh………………………..

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19 Christine September 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

Ugh! I can’t decide if that changes my opinion on figs.

Also, can vegetarians eat figs?!

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20 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

My dad has brewed a couple of his own batches. The process doesn’t smell good but the end product is delicious! His best is one that tastes like Sam Adams Winter.

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21 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 15, 2010 at 8:57 am

Yum, your breakfast looks great. I just opened my first can of pumpkin this year for today’s breakfast: pumpking overnight oats :)

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22 Kristin September 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

My husband recently started brewing his own beer. Do you know where Matt bought the big “brew pot”? Did it come with the spout already on or did he add it? (please excuse my non-technical vocabulary) Thanks!

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23 Matt September 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The pot is from morebeer.com, my personal favorite online homebrew site. It’s one of their “Heavy Duty Brew Kettles,” in the 8 gallon size. It’s definitely nice that it comes with a ball valve… no more lifting and dumping. Eventually I’ll be buying two 15 gallon pots as well, to make brewing even easier.

I highly recommend morebeer… free shipping if you buy $59 or more, and they really treat you well. Great products too!

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24 Nicole (the other one) September 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

It’s my husband’s birthday today and he is getting a new glass carboy and a kit for oatmeal stout. Yeah for homebrewing!

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25 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

We were able to help with another couple’s brewing a few weeks ago– so much fun! Will this be for a pumpkin ale, perhaps?! ;-)

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26 shannon (the daily balance) September 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

with your title, I thought you were actually going to incorporate beer INTO the oats – now THAT would be a true first!

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27 Bec September 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

What a process, I miss the days of waking up to my dad brewing his own beer. We kids use to love helping him! Hope you have a productive day and Matt has some great results!

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28 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

That bowl of EVERYTHINGNESS looks amazingly delicious!

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29 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

WOW that breakfast sounds incredible!!!

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30 Heather September 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

That oatmeal looks delicious.

I love the Crofter’s spread – the North America is my favorite!

Have a great day!

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31 steph September 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

Hooray! Beer!!! I can’t believe he got up at 5:30 to start – now the weeks of waiting begins…may be good timing for beer bread by the time it’s ready ;)

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32 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

we haven’t brewed in FOREVER here! i think i need to get the hubby and his friends to make a good, dark, hazelnutty beer for Christmas time :)

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33 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

what a delicious looking mess! my dad used to make wine in our basement and there were massive vats of it everywhere. matt is certainly keen about it if he’s getting up at 5:30 in the morning to start! :)

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34 Camille September 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

You have got me hooked on Crofters! I am currently working my way through a jar of Asia and I love it!

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35 Samantha September 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

I’ll be curious to see if that breakfast holds you over for very long…..only 2 Tbsp oats!

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36 Kath September 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

yeah but lots of other stuff!!

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37 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

haha i’m not one for beer first thing in the morning, but your oats look great:-)

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38 Natalia @asideofsimple September 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

Can’t wait to see what he “brews.” Definitly sets the tone for fall by bringing to mind cauldrons and potions. Love it!

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39 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life September 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

That is so cool that Matt brews beer. My cousin does, although I’ve never tried his.

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40 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

Wait….is Crofter’s North America a special item? They have tons of that at my local Whole Foods. Let me know if you need me to bring some down to Cville :)

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41 Kath September 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

I found it here – it’s just normally more expensive

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42 Katie @ peacebeme September 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

My dad used to do home-brewing. I thought it smelled AWFUL when I was a kid. ;) Then he had an accident once where something exploded and flooded the room in the basement with beer and my mom cut him off after that, lol. He wasn’t allowed to do it anymore and hasn’t since. I would like to try it someday though.

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43 Allison K September 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

My husband really wants to get into home-brewing. It seems like such fun hobby.

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44 Ashley September 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

Chris is brewing this weekend! Yay :) Love messy breakfast bowls! Crofters has been on sale numerous times at Whole Foods but whenever I’m at the store I always forget which one you said was the best! I’m currently using up S. America and it was just ok. I’ll have to catch another sale and remember N. America! :) I have been getting some of their plain flavors, which are really good too!

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45 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) September 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

so awesome! i don’t know if i will ever venture further in than “beer bread” but hey, we’ll see! sounds awesome!

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46 Marcia September 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

mmm…beer. We’ve never made beer. My brother-in-law used to make beer (he still might). I remember my MIL (also his MIL) telling us that he wanted to make raspberry beer, and could he have some from her bushes? Yes, but he wanted a gallon – she said “pick them yourself!”

My parents used to make elderberry wine. Living in Santa Barbara, I just buy wine.

That oatmeal looks awesome. It’s getting to be oatmeal time again. Actually, we’ve had an unseasonably cold summer here. Foggy and 50′s every morning. So oatmeal season never really left. But I only ever make your banana whipped oats, and I’m out of bananas.

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47 WendyF September 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

Steve is making a pumpkin beer from the pumpkins in our garden this week What is Matt brewing? Hopefully I will be home to taste it this year

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48 Angela September 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

I love that you and Matt brew your own beer. My BF would be totally into it.

I’m opposite of your right now – yesterday I was very productive so today I’m taking it easy. Just catching up on some blogs. :)

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49 Stacey September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

Your oats look phenomenal compared to my boring ol’ bowl of cereal ;) Hope you are productive today!

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50 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

I wish my husband made beer :)

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51 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am

Whoa that is so cool that Matt is brewing beer. I remember you saying that he was into that a long time ago.

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52 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

I like how that breakfast is such a mish mash of stuff!

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53 Katherine September 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

That looks like a delicious breakfast mess!

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54 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

That bowl looks like a littlbe bit af everything- perfect way to start the day :)

Hope you’re productive today!

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55 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

How exciting! Good luck on your moonshine!

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56 Nic September 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

Beer at 5:30am. Now that’s dedication! I can’t wait to hear about the end product!

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57 Marina September 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

I would love to smell that brewing process!
Your breakfast has so many good stuff, it must have tasted great!

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58 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

will there be pumpkin involved?

<— jealous

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59 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

My dad settled on a keg-erator instead of a brewing hobby. “Magic shell” immediately makes coconut sound appetizing to me.

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60 notyet100 September 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

new fr me thnks

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61 Nelly@CrazySexyFit September 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

My dad and his best friend used to brew their own beer when I was just a young’un. One time the wives had gone out doing lady things together while the men stayed home to brew and the kids (six, in total) ran around the house screaming and getting muddy. They were sampling their creation and not being very careful not to spill it, so the whole place smelled like a brewery, when a couple of trepid-looking young Mormon women came to the front door. I’m told that when my dad answered the door, his friend yelled “Who is it, sweetie?” and the ladies left rather quickly.

I still love the smell of hops :) I vote Matt’s next contribution is a how-to-get-started on home brewing!

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62 Melissa September 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

I love how much goes into to your breakfast bowls; it all sounds so yummy. And that brewing looks pretty high-tech. My hubby attempted brewing with a small, cheap kit he found at World Market, but he threw all the beer out. Wasn’t what he expected!

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63 Stacy September 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

Need to show the hubby this post, hopefully it will inspire him to start making his own beer again. It’s pretty delicious when it is made at home :) His method isn’t as fancy as Matt’s. My hubby uses the Mr.Beer system. My Grandpa gave it to him :)

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64 chelsey September 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

that yogurt bowl looks delish!!

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65 Kristina @ spabettie September 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

we made Pumpkin Ale two weekends ago !! http://spabettie.com/2010/09/07/pumpkin-ale/ this weekend it goes into secondary, then one more week we bottle!! :)

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66 Jenny September 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Anything with coconut milk and pumpkin is an A in my book. :)

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67 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Wish we lived closer — we could use more brew buddies!!!

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68 stacey-healthylife September 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I love a good bowl of random mixes.

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69 Hannah September 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I do like beer, but I think I’d prefer your yogurty oaty breakfast first thing in the morning ;)

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