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Homemade Beer, Issue #5

Recently, I have been trying my hand at homebrewing as a hobby. It’s been a little half-hearted on my part, truthfully, but I have been lucky enough to have a very enthusiastic partner in the endeavor. We’ve gone thru the process twice so far, I can safely say I have no idea how anyone does it without help. There is so much cleaning, sanitizing, boiling, heavy lifting, temperature checking, and tedious bottle filling involved that I am not ashamed to say I’m glad it’s just about too warm to brew anymore until the fall. Maybe brew day wouldn’t be so difficult for me if I could just learn to stay sober while it’s done. But, let’s face it – what could make you want a beer more than making beer? Aside from all that, however, there is definitely a certain smug self-satisfaction involved in drinking your own brew. Every bottle I had from the first batch was a “pinky out” affair for me. The second batch will be ready in a little over a week and I think it’s going to be even better than the first, so I’ll have to pull out all the stops. I may even light a candle or two to set the mood.

– Tiffany Blair

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HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.