I’ve successfully brewed my own beer. 😀
A month ago now, a friend and I attempted to make a batch of Scottish Amber Ale.
I’m too lazy to spell out the instructions in full, but if you’re interested in brewing your own beer, check out Eartheasy: Simplest Homemade Beer for the recipe. Scroll down for the results. 😉
First, you fill up about 3 gallons of water to boil
Get the hops boiling till 176 degrees, then cool it down to 68 degrees
Then siphon the mixture into the fermenting bucket, and let it sit for a week
After a week, return to add some finishing hops to the half-beer
Filling ’em up
Capping the bottles
We had to let the beer sit for 3 weeks at the back of a dark closet. And yesterday, it was finally ready! So I took my 50% share of the 49 bottles we’d bottled, and we opened up a couple.
The first one, I must not have capped it properly, because it was completely flat. 😦 The second one turned out fine though – it had a really satisfying fizz to it. Yay!
The beer is a dark color, well, amber. It had a nice nose to it: very malty, a tinge of citrus, and a promise of a thick, chewy body. Sadly, the promise kind of fell flat. After the initial burst of flavor, the beer quickly tasted watery, weak. And it had no finish whatsoever.
Still, I’ve successfully brewed my first batch of beer! 🙂 And to be completely objective and fair, it was quite good – better than the Millers, Buds, and Tiger Beers of the world! 😀