Delicious alcohol for 50c a pint, what's not to love?!
I'm pretty new to homebrewing, but am loving the shit out of it. I have done the mead in the past and that was a great success, but thought it was time to kick it up a notch so I bought a Brewing Kit from the local and an extra 15L fermenter and started my journey.
The kit came with a Black Rock Pilsner Blonde pack so I thought I would do that first to get used to it, and not worry too much if I fucked it up. I watched a shit tonne of youtube videos and read up a lot before taking the plunge, and learnt a shit load in the process but still made some stupid mistakes.
First pour of the Pilsner Blonde
That Pilsner Blonde has just aged 4 weeks in the bottles today, but I tried a sneaky one yesterday and it was fantastic. Good flavour, a lot more carbonation than when I tried another (and even sneakier) time about 10 days ago - the bubbles just stopped coming after about 5 seconds of it being poured. Going to put a bunch of bottles in the fridge when I get home for the weekend.
After the Pilsner Blonde I did up a Mangrove Jacks Ginger Beer and I'll be bottling this today after work. A coworker did the Coopers Ginger Beer and it turned out fucking amazing, but when I was measuring the specific gravity of mine and giving it a taste it was rough as fucken guts! The ginger was overpowering and it wasn't sweet enough. I am hoping that the priming will sweeten them up a bit when bottled, and sitting in the bottles mellows the ginger flavour a bit. Fingers crossed!
Pilsner Blonde all bottled up
With the other 15L fermenter I've made another batch of Ancient Orange Mead because it was fantastic the first time. After I bottle that batch I hope to get a bit more adventurous with my mead, using a more difficult recipe.
Ideally I want to brew my own cider that tastes like the Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime, but that will be a whole different can of worms as I'll be adding fruit and shit which is just asking for bottle bombs. Will probably do a kit cider first and then slowly change the recipe and try new things over a few brews.
Overall I'm having a great time doing this, it's a fun hobby and a little side project to keep me busy and entertained with a fun and delicious payoff. I love walking by the bedroom and hearing the bloop bloop from the airlocks!
So does anyone else homebrew? Got any tips/pointers? Favourite recipes?
And yeah, if I have any left I'll definitely bring a few bottles to the meet for you jerks to try