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First things first: My first brew

Wednesday 12th November 2014

First Things First is a series about territories uncharted, moments witnessed and experiences lived for the first time. Join Nik Jarvie-Waldrom as she attempts to make sense of why doing things we've never done before makes us feel so much.

The crowd of people who enjoy craft beer grows daily, by the sip. In the midst of this crowd is a smaller group which works toward replicating or completely reinventing the taste and experience at home.

In the debut episode of First Things First, Nik Jarvie-Waldrom follows one home brewer’s journey from flat kitchen to commercially functioning brewery. Listen to Kerry Gray as he navigates a new environment of mash tuns, whirlpools and fermenter tanks, with a reimagined recipe originally created in London in 1924.

Kerry’s air of calm in this new and technical world, which is, essentially, a kind of biochemistry, is admirable. But can a person’s first attempt at going pro be without obstacles? If the volatility of time, “yeasties” and stubbornly sticky grain beds have anything to do with it, probably not.

Kerry Gray waits for a “stuck sparge” to clear.

Nik Jarvie-Waldrom

This very first episode of First Thing’s First couldn’t have happened without Gareth Ruck, Mike Pullin and Michelle Tamehana.

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