Six weeks after we started, we finally got to taste our first batch of homebrew. Meg and I hosted the event at our place, where we would also be having Easter dinner. I think we were all a little nervous about how it would end up and I was fully prepared for the possibility that we’d have to let the beer condition in the bottle for another few weeks.
I opened the first bottle and was relieved to hear the hiss of escaping CO2. I poured the beer a little aggressively, in case there wasn’t enough carbonation. Turns out that wasn’t necessary, since the pour produced a huge, fluffy head. So far, so good.
The aroma was really nice, although not as strong as I thought it would be after we dry-hopped it. The first taste was really a surprise. It was very, very good! I think all of us were kind of stunned that it turned out so well. Most home brews that I’ve tried seem to taste just a little bit “off.” I don’t know why this is the case, but they always seem a little sweet, or the yeast has a strange flavor, or there is very little carbonation. The Nookie has none of those issues. I think we can credit Northern Brewer’s recipe and our insistence on using the best possible ingredients. I think this bodes well for our future batches . . . or maybe we just got a healthy dose of beginner’s luck.
We enjoyed the rest of the day, eating some great food (courtesy of Meg, Heather, and Brandi) and sampling more Nookie and a few other beers. Judging by the 10 (!) empty bottles of our beer I found later, I think everyone enjoyed our first foray into home brewing.
Here is a video I shot right after our first taste. I think you can tell how bemused we are about how well the beer turned out. Meg makes a cameo appearance along with her leg of lamb.
Next up: fun with Farmhouse 11!