Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Homebrew Experience results

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. 


  1. Thinking of having a try myself in the new year. Growing weary of plundering other peoples's supplies!

    If my first attempt is anywhere close to your second, I'll be one very contented home-brewer.

    Love the site, will be a follower from here on.

  2. @Hearty Goodfellow- it is definitely a learning experience, and you can only get better the more do you it. A great overall experience that I would suggest for anyone that loves beer

  3. Congratulations on your brew! Making handmade beer is a great hobby, I've been doing it for a few years now and it just keeps getting more and more fun. Cheers, Salud, and Skaal!