If you have been following my inaugural foray into home brewing, you know that I was trying to spend as little money as possible while keeping the process as idiot-proof as possible. After tasting the fruits of my labor, I have to say that having better equipment probably would have resulted in a better end product.
I have opened 5 bottles so far and only one could be called acceptable. Two had very little carbonation and two were obviously contaminated. The contaminated bottles had the fragrance of dirty laundry and tasted about the same. While there are no known pathogens that can live in beer, that is to say it will not make you sick, the beer was undrinkable. The two flat bottles had decent flavor but flat beer is not very enjoyable.
The one bottle that was good had a nice head and mouth feel, though not as full as I like. It also was a tad hoppy for my tastes but I don’t like overly hoppy beer. I would buy this beer but it wouldn’t be at the top of my list. Hopefully there will be some more good bottles in the batch.
So this concludes my experiment. It was definitely a learning experience. I enjoyed the process enough that I’m going to try it again, this time with proper equipment. Of course I’ll write about the experience here.