So, I’ve just bottled up another (what I hope will be a) fine batch of Beer. After the sucess (and super quick turn around) of my first attempt, I’ve dived into the recipe book and attempted some more recipes that go beyond the straight-out-of-the-can simplicity of Mr. Beer’s standard fare.
Thankfully my first experience was a good one, be cause the next two were just okay. Not bad, good enough to drink, but not worth making more (but definately worthy of finding their way into chili, crepes, brownies, breads, salsas, donuts and so on. numbersfour and five, remain to be seen. Six and seven will be going into works this weekend.
brewed to date:
#1 – Irish Stout. Nice and flavorful, more like a porter than “thick” like guiness, with a faint molasses finish.
#2 – West Coast Pale Ale – I started this at the same time as the next (working two kegs at the same time baby!), and bottled this one a couple weeks before. After waiting out the estimated time for full carbonation the beer came out flat. Did I open it too early? Did I forget to add priming sugar? Why do I smell apples? (Oh, no did I get confused and bottle the next batch too early?)
#3 – Dutch Apple Ale. This started out as a basic English Brown Ale, but uses about 25% apple juice instead of water. But with the bottling mix up, I was afraid I bottled this too early before it reached full apple ale potential.
So, I had two beers that I had to wait a few weeks for to see if they’d properly carbonate, meanwhile I had two more going, and I wasn’t able to re-use any of my bottles… After 2 more weeks they both seemed ready to drink. Turns out I hadn’t mixed up the two. What I thought was the Pale Ale was definately not appley. Sort of clean, went good with food. (not as good without.) The Apple Ale, was also not appley – but it did have a nice cidery finish (or after taste) which I like. I’ll drink some of this, and cook with some. Mr. Beer also offers a cider kit, which I’d like to compare this too.
#4 is a Porter, which I just bottled on Saturday but I’m eager to try, but will have to wait a few weeks.
#5 is a coffee beer, added coffee to a vienna style lager – think Drew Carey’s Buzz Beer… at least I’m hoping so…, I’ll have to wait for it to find out. First, I need to polish of one more six pack of anything (beer, IBC, whatever) before I’ll have enough bottles, and second, three weeks of racking/lagering, whatever you call it, it’s just WAITING for carbonation…..
Arghhh, the non-instant gratification of this hobby!!!