Sunday, February 8, 2009

It's Official, The First Home Brew Is Drinkable

A few weeks back, I posted about how I had tried home brewing for the first time. Which really consisted of Nate reading the recipe and telling me what I needed to do.

It was my intention to whip up a red ale, something both the missus and I enjoy. I'll save making a stout for when I have more than one batch going.

Anyways, we bottled it up a couple of weeks ago and I've been not so patiently waiting for it to mature and carbonate since. To be honest, I cracked a few open before it was technically ready, so I've had a sampling of it in various stages of drinkability.

Well, today makes it official: one can actually drink it and enjoy it. Not the greatest thing I've ever tasted, but hell, it tastes like beer. Nate, however, has yet to drink it, so I don't know if I've made it into the club yet or not.

The pic is of, obviously, the red ale I'm about to drink. As far as a red goes, it's pretty dark. I've got a wheat beer fermenting in the bucket right now, and hopefully in a few weeks I'll have something that tastes like a Blue Moon. And yes, it's no coincidence that I turned the glass so it proudly displayed "Phillies," the current World Series Champs. Or as Chase Utley would say: "World Effin Champions!"


Nick Hughes said...

It looks great. Can't wait to taste it. And I'm sure it will taste even better in the Glass of the World Champions.

Good luck with the taste test. I hope Nate gives you a good grade.

Brian O'Rourke said...


Thanks, bud. By the way, awesome show last night. You guys put on a great performance. I'm going to put a post up about The Sobriquets tonight or tomorrow.

Brian O'Rourke said...

Oh and before anybody asks: Yes, that is an R2D2 toy cut off in the upper right corner of the picture. It's as old as I am.

marco said...

Looks good.
I'll probably try myself this fall along with the wine.


Brian O'Rourke said...

marco -

Let me know how it works out for you. I'm thinking about doing a wine myself.


Peter Rozovsky said...

I raise a glass to the success of your beer.

Can you believe the effin' parochialism of thie effin' town, making a fuss because a grown man used a curse word? Fook, if sportswriters didn't have shite like that to write about, they'd have to actually think hard about their sports.
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Brian O'Rourke said...


We should raise a glass together soon. When's the next Noir at the Bar? I'd love to come out and throw a few back with you.

I assume you Canucks aren't as puritanical as us Yanks when it comes to cuss words. Jesus the man drops an f bomb, and it's like the end of the world. We Yanks are a bit stuffy when it comes to cursing, and I have yet to figure out why. Most children are cursing by the time they're in second or third grade. I know I was, and I turned out fine. Not according to my wife, but other people have told me so ;)