An update on my homebrewing project

28 10 2010

 As regular readers will know my most recent homebrew was a traditional IPA, well it now a little over a month since it was bottled so I decided to give it a try and see how it is getting on.

 There is a fair amount of carbonation, certainly enough for my tastes. The beer pours to a very pleasant light amber with a decent sized head that lasts well throughout drinking with a fair bit of lacing.

 There is a decent aroma developing with hops, a slight hint of citrus and a rich maltiness being the predominant notes.

 For me the look and smell of my homebrew are important but the key is very definately how it tastes. Well I can officially say that this IPA is a winner as far as I’m concerned.

There is a good level of bitterness to the beer offset with a nice caramel like sweetness from the malt, I was really pleased as a lto of homebrews that I have sampled before have had an almost cider like quality to them coupled with a rather unpleasant sweetness.

If I compare this IPA with a commercially brewed version I would certainly take this over something like the ubiquitous Greene King offering and not only because this is tipping the scales at a little over 6% (6.2% as close as I can measure it)

I can’t wait until my next scheduled tasting at the end of November 🙂

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Beer anyone?

28 09 2010

A fair bit to report from my ongoing home brewing saga so far.

My second batch of beer has now been bottled, well about 6 days ago! So I am eagerly awaiting my first little taste in order to see how my IPA has turned out and whether playing with the choice of fermentables has backfired or not.

Meanwhile my lager is now into it’s third week since being bottled. My brother and I cracked a bottle open on Saturday evening and I think we were both quite pleasantly surprised at how it is coming along.

There is plenty of carbonation in the beer and it is developing a really good looking head, it is a little cloudy but that that will hopefully clear further and should definitely start to lessen when the lager is chucked in the fridge.

The taste is really rather good if I do say so myself, there is a nice bitterness to the beer and a pleasant slight sweetness coupled with a nice hint of maltiness. It isn’t dissimilar to something like an Erdinger in actual fact.

I will be honest enough to say that it has turned out better than I had hoped.

I think somewhere in the back of my mind I was fearing it would turn out to be like those brewbags that you used to be able to purchase at Boots, the ones that you just tipped water into and left on the back of the airing cupboard door for a month or so. As such the pleasant drinkable nature of the beer has bought a smile to my face





Bottling day cometh

13 09 2010

Yesterday was quite a fun day for me; I got up in the morning and made bread nom nom nom and then after eating the bread went home and set about bottling my beer.

For anyone who didn’t read my homebrew post earlier this week (if not why not?) I brewed my own beer for the first time last Monday evening.

I have been watching over my beer like an anxious mother hen, checking it’s temperature, making sure it is snuggled up at night and of course taking hydrometer readings.

For those who aren’t in the know a hydrometer allows you to measure the specific gravity of a liquid, in this case my beer.

It started out at roughly 1050 on Monday evening and as of Yesterday had been sitting at 1008 since Friday when I got in from work.

Not only is it good that the SG has been static for 2 days as it means that the fermentation has more or less complete it also means that my little beer is going to be near as damn it 6% 🙂

I had a little taste of the beer and my conclusions are that it looks, smells and tastes like beer! Not a bad start.

So I rinsed out all of the bottles that were provided (44 50cl plastic bottles with caps) primed them with the carbonation drops and filled those suckers up!

Now I just need to wait, two long weeks at the least 😦








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