I was finally able to pop the cap and try my first solo homebrew. It was not the first time I brewed, as I have been the helping hand with my brother on multiple occasions, including brewing beer for my wedding.
I finally was able to find time to start my new hobby. While the brew day went well, there are many factors that you cannot oversee. I was worried about contamination (even though I did my best to stay clean), improper storage (I thought my basement was a good place) and low/high carbonation.
I am proud to introduce you to my pale ale- Sierra Marietta. (Marietta is the town that I live, the beer is a Sierra Nevada clone.)
The beer came out with a more malty sweet taste to it. I was thinking it would be a bit more bitter, but it is still very good. The cascade and centennial hops are present, and no where near overpowering. This is very drinkable, and enjoyable (I had 4 last night while friends were over).
What would I do different? I forgot Irish Moss, which will help clarify it. Maybe add more hops to the boil, but not too many more. I am also kicking around the idea of brewing an exact replica and adding a little herbs to it (maybe sage, rosemary or the like).
What I do know is that the beer is very enjoyable, and I am looking forward to another brew day.