Friday, February 11, 2011

Homebrew #1: The Verdict

Drinkable.  That's the verdict.  Don't get me wrong, it's not good, but it is drinkable.  This was a brown ale that I made from a kit I received for Christmas.  In hindsight, I should have replaced the sugar that came with the kit with malt.  I think that would have made a big difference.  This one tastes like a Newcastle with a little sugar or sweetness added.  And, the really odd thing is, it smells like bacon.  Normally, that's a very, very good thing; however, there is no bacon in it, nor does it have any taste of bacon at all.  It's quite a mystery.

I opened the first few for Sunday's Super Bowl.  I'm letting the others go another week or so before I chill them, and we'll see if any of the sweetness goes away.  In the meantime, I'm going to start gathering ingredients for homebrew #2, a pale ale.  My wife is so excited.


  1. You invented beer that smells like bacon????

    Isn't that every man's dream?

    Even if it isn't all that good, you could market it on that characteristic alone and make a fortune.

  2. Maybe you should bottle it, and patent it, as Turling Castle's Bacon Brew?

    I think the most fun thing about beer making, is playing around with recipes. I'm not fond of kits personally, and I think you'll find as you venture into grain brewing (even partial, not necessarily all grain) that the flavors will improve significantly. But congrats on a drinkable first brew!

  3. Hmm...bacon & brew. I think my hubby would like that combo. Especially for breakfast.

  4. Homebrew is awesome. They taste better with age usually but bacon hmmm.
    Love to homebrews! Cider is even easier!