Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. With no new brew days to document I’ve been simply biding my time until my extract brew was ready for tasting. If I’m honest, I believe it was more than likely ready for consumption about a week ago, however I left it until Saturday the 9th as it was a big six nations day.
So, how did Strange Brew taste? It was an anxious moment when I poured that first pint and one that I had been waiting for what seems like months…
It took about a minute to settle – my pressure keg shoots the beer out at a high rate of knots, leaving you with a lot of foam (something which I need to look into for the future) – and I was pleasantly surprised to note that it was a clear, bright pint with no trace of haze.
So far so good I thought, taking a small whiff. It certainly smelled edible – a slightly earthy aroma with a subtle sweet scent.
Now, I’m going to be honest and not say it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted, but it was very pleasant and very smooth. It had a slight spice with a nice after-taste akin to that of honey. I felt that the flavour was slightly weaker than I would have liked, however my fellow rugby fans said they enjoyed it and 4ish gallons later I believed them.
All in all it was a relative success. It has definitely given me confidence to carry on and has given me plenty of things to think about
for my next recipe. I am definitely going to spend more time on the finer details – i.e. boil times, wort temperature and fermenting subtleties.
I also need to document what I’m doing better. Having read some great blogs from both sides of the Atlantic, I’m beginning to see that the better you document your home brew experiences, the better your beers will become.
There’s still plenty to learn (a staggering amount really!) and I’ve got a while to go before I begin to understand everything I’ve already read. Best way is to dive in with another brew.
If only I hadn’t gone and spent most of my wages this month of items I didn’t need, I could afford to get my next batch of ingredients. As it stands I will be waiting until April before my next brew… ach well.