One word... Success!
One month ago I pitched my yeast. Today I tasted my own first brew. I felt as if I'd walked to The Yard, my local pub, and asked for the newest IPA on tap. Citrus followed by pine with a floral aroma. A hit of smooth malt leading to a dry yet thick hoppy finish. Light enough to drink like a session yet it's finish lures you back for another draw. Puff, puff, pass with this one.
Ahhh yeaahhhh. The Close Up...
A thanks to Birdman Brewing and Bob's Home Brew in Seattle for making this possible. I'd also like to thank
. Wait no, what the.?.!.? Sorry too many home brews
So I dun brewed me up some hooch. Cousin Cletus said it was good, so I followed the following IPA Recipe
found at my LHBS. The keg setup came from Birdman for an excellent price. I determined that one thing I wanted to do was go straight to a keg setup. One job, one fill and I'm done. I had an old wine fridge and figured that would work as my initial kegerator so I ordered the kegs, lines and tank. The Bird got the order and shipped it out ASAP, I practically received them only a couple days later. I unpacked them last week and filled the tank today.
The cool thing about the wine fridge is the clear door and light... I spent the last hour staring at this.
I also figured I needed at least two kegs so I got a dual setup as you can see by the extra red CO2 line. I only kegged the IPA tonight. My amber goes in within the next two weeks though I don't think the fridge can hold the extra corny, so I'm not sure exactly what to do just yet.
I really hadn't planned to be drinking my brew tonight, but with amazing weather in the Northwest this fall I planned another epic trip to the mountains with a buddy on Sunday to get more of this:
So I sanitized the keg tonight and moved the carboy to the fridge. With everyone in bed I racked the brew to the keg, hooked up the tank and decided to force carb my beer. 20 minutes and I had a damn good beer carb'd to a respectable level. Working it's way to 38* I set the PSI to 10-12 PSI and will check liquid temps and PSI over the next week.
So with that final shot of the brew. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. BlackRock Brewery is up and running. This brew definitely would have cost me $5/pint. It's just as good as anything down the street yet it tastes better.