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First Homebrew!

First Homebrew!

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Cracked open my first bottle Friday (two weeks after bottling my first batch, 3 in a Bed Bitters from HomeBrew Den)… carefully tasted… yum, it’s delicious! Milder and less fizzy than I expected, but very good, and very fresh-tasting. It’s like homemade ice cream and sorbet: there is no substitute for the freshness.

For all the hoopla, this is really just a timeless kitchen craft (though the industry has figured out how to upsell with expensive equipment — there’s a whole lot of guys out on their back porches, with their turkey fryers and 15-gallon pots) but it’s a lot of fun.

I think what surprises me most about brewing beer is not making tasty alcohol, but making a carbonated beverage. I am very proud of my bubbles!

I’m bottling my porter this coming weekend, before I head to Code4Lib, then will make a batch from a kit I bought in California.

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  1. Jon Gorman wrote:

    The carbonation will build up with some more time. Otherwise the next time you bottle just add a bit more sugar at bottling….being careful of course ;).

    I’ve also found that it seems carbonation for me seems uneven with some bottles. I’m guessing probably not stirring the sugar syrup used at bottling time.

    Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  2. Yeah I put the syrup in the bottom of the bottling bucket before racking from the fermenter and hoped it assimilated. I can see the argument for priming tabs: a very precise measurement.

    Please remind me to *halve* the sugar for my half-recipe. ;-)

    Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Permalink
  3. Coral wrote:

    Congrats on tasty homebrew! I hear it gets tastier as it sits, too (up to a point!)–mine always have, anyway.

    I have a kit for a nutbrown sitting in my hallway. I need to make time to brew it up!

    Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  4. Mmm, nutbrown ale! Yeah, I know about time — tonight I got pulled away putting away the holiday ornaments. Finally :) So tomorrow I’ll rack the porter…

    Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

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  1. Jim Socha on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Jim Socha…

    Thanks for the beer comment Free Range Librarian ” First Homebrew! WOW! Is this correct?…

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