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Intro & My First Home Beer Brewing Kit
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January 16, 2013
My First Taste!
I've been reading a lot about when I can expect my first brew to be ready for drinking. In my reading I've seen a number of people suggest that newbies to the beer brewing hobby (like me) should take samples along the way to get a feel for how a beer ages.
As you know, my beer went into bottles about a week and a half ago. I let them age for 1 week in a dark, cool closet in the basement. After that week was up, they were moved into a mini fridge.
Today I finally gave in and took a sample. Upon opening it, I was greeted with a friendly hiss and bubbles climbing up the neck. Yay! Carbonation!
I poured the bottle into a glass to see what my beer looks like. You could literally float a cap on this head and the color was a gorgeous, cloudy, golden-brown.
The beer had a pleasant smell. Not overly hoppy and a bit yeasty and sweet to the nose.
The taste was bitter and earthy, though not much upfront hop flavor. The follow (that would be a fancy word for aftertaste) was very yeasty. Probably not a beer I would buy at the liquor store more than once, but again - it's still very premature.
I think it's safe to assume that over the next couple weeks my brew will continue to mature. Some of the yeastiness will give way to other more subtle flavors and I may end up with a really tasty drink!