My First Homebrewing Experience Part 3 (The Beer!)
After finishing the wonderful bottling process, the instructions recommended letting the beer carbonate for two weeks. With Christmas, illness, and everything else going on in December and January, the bottles had quite a bit longer to carbonate. In case you’ve forgotten by now (and I don’t blame you if you have), the beer I brewed is an amber ale.
The beer pours a fairly clear amber (well that part came out right) with a white head. Lots of malted barley, caramel, and a bit of hops in the nose. The taste is very similar to the nose; sweet, caramel up front with a bit of bitterness. It has good tingly carbonation, and the body is fairly light. Overall, it’s a fairly standard beer but I like it.
It’s a good thing I like this beer, because I have a lot of it. Next time I may try mashing my own grain, but this was a good start to homebrewing. I will definitely also be getting an auto-siphon and a wort chiller before the next time I bottle.