Ok, so it's brown. Or possibly red. But then, technically, so is Guinness.
Anyway, I've just taken my first taste of my inaugural home brew.
It's been an exciting time, watching an apparent nothing happen for the last ten days or so since fermentation finished. Oh, how I longed for those heady days of "things happening", as every so often a bubble would appear.
But now it's here and I'm having my tentative first pint. Tentative because I have to drive tonight and, without yet having acquired a hydrometer, or "alcohometer", I have no idea how strong this is.
Readers may get an idea of how strong it is if this post makes less and less sense as it goes on.
You can read my earlier post on the home brewing process here.
I have to say, I wasn't sure how good this was going to be. After the clearing process, I turned the beer box to the correct position for a couple of days of settling. A little spilled out to my hand and it gave no indication that this was going to be good.
However, the first pint says otherwise.
Ok, so I had a few teething problems with the dispensation of the first pint, probably due to the pressure in the box. There was no need to "pull" the pint. As soon as I opened the tap on the box, the pressure did the rest (thankfully I had the pint glass in position).
Then, when I closed the tap to stop the flow, a hole (apparently it's meant to be there) shot a spurt of beer out.
None of this should stand in the way of the pleasure of taking the first sip. My Irish Extra Stout tastes great. Thank you Brubox for making my first home brewing experience a success.
I was talking with someone earlier this week, who has brewed a few of their own beers in the past, and he talked of the addiction and enjoyment he gets from the anticipation of trying his ales.
This is a new hobby I think will be a lot of fun. As will drinking the results.
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