Outcome of my 1st Extract Brew

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.

The Taste

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…

1st Extract Home Brew

Looking good – but I need a better camera

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.

Summary

I need a better camera

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.

Advertisements
Categories: Extract Brewing | Tags: , , | 1 Comment

Post navigation

One thought on “Outcome of my 1st Extract Brew

  1. Pingback: Extract Brew 2: Whitbread Mackeson Clone | Bard's Brewery

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Jan Harding

Artist in my Spare Time...

broadfordbrewer

The proof is in the drinking

The Apartment Homebrewer

Brewing small batches of craft beer in a 650 sqft apartment

Bier Battered [.] com

Cheesey Movies & Craft Beer Pairings, brews from New Jersey and beyond

We make home brew

A blog about tasty home brew and beer.

It's that Craig Heap guy

A Welsh Beer Blogger celebrating the great ales of Wales

Blogging at World of Beer

the temporary home of Stephen Beaumont's World of Beer

Oh Good Ale

Phil's beer blog

Tim Hampson's Beer Blog

The quest for the perfect beer

The Great Canadian Beer Snob

Your guide to the wonderful world of beer!

The Mostly Harmless Brewing Co.

Homebrewing in The ATL

Zythophile

'Zee-tho-fyle', by Martyn Cornell, an award-winning blog about beer now and then, founded in 2007

sounds like beer

Beer & Music. Nothing Else Matters

I Think About Beer

& I Think About Cider - Belgian Beer & European Cider

The BeerCast

Edinburgh's beer website

The Good Stuff

Good Food. Good Beer. Good People.

beeRevolution

Brewer with a Brewery Problem. Tui, Fyne Ales, Thornbridge, Epic, Good George, Brew Mountain and Fork & Brewer.

Jotham Brewing

the musings of an amateur home brewer

The Beer Nerd

A Diary Written With Beer

Alebagger's Beer Blog

Alebagger's exploration of the world of ale, pubs, brewing and all things beery.

Beers are a Changin

Exploring the best craft beers and brewers in Australia

Beersay

Beersay - unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from various sources or sauces about beer.....probably

BEER IS YOUR FRIEND

2016 AIBA Beer Writer of the Year

Alcohol And Aphorisms

Whisky and Beer Discussion In A Relaxed, Yet Slightly Pretentious Fashion

Good Beer Better Hats

Our Hats are Off to You! ~Cheers~

Barley's Homebrewing Supplies

101-455 East Columbia St, New Westminster, B.C. 604.553.1941

latenightalesblog

A detailed blog following my homebrew and craft beer endeavors

Jay's Brewing Blog

Tips, tricks, hacks and more for everyting you need to make great beer, wine and mead.

Chris Hall | Beer

Craft. People. Places. Stories. Culture.

Craft Beer Reviews & Commentary by HomeBrewedHero

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this WordPress.com site

leedsbrew

Beer brewing in Leeds

Chop & Brew

A blog and webshow highlighting life's great food and fermentations

Apuhihi View

Thoughts from a previous coast (Mostly about my home-brew adventures)

Learning to Craft Beer

Making craft beer is one of the best hobbies ever. Let's talk about it.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the best place for your personal blog or business site.

%d bloggers like this: