Hello Fello Beer Lovers,
I ve been wanting to try brewing beer for a long time now. In anticipation I bought Palmers HOW TO BREW and read it about 3 times. I received a brewing kit for Christmas and decided to try Palmers recipe for Cinncinati Pale Ale, which is as follows:
OG= 1.045 30 IBUs
3.3 lbs pale malt extract syrup9unhoped)
2.5 lbs amber dry malt extract
6 AAUs of bittering hops (amarillo)
5 AAUs of finishing hops (cascade)
My FG was 1.012
Fermented 2 weeks
Bottle conditioned 2 weeks
I followed the recipe to the letter except I used 9 AAUS of amarillo bittering hops because I didn't have a small scale to measure out 1/3 oz from the pallet package which was a total of 1 oz equalling 9.3 AAUS resulting in the following:
Today I finally tasted my first batch of Beer. I have been looking forward to tasteing my beer for about a month now. Before opening my first bottle I cant help but wonder and second guess everything I've done up to this point. My biggest concern is that the bitterness resulting from me using an extra 3 AAUS of bittering hops will be a little overpowering.
I hold the bottle up to the light, I can see a layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. The beer itself looks pretty clear although a little hazy which is what I expected. I pry off the bottle cap and instantly hear that all tool familiar Pssssst noise as the Co2 buildup is released indicating good carbonation. So far, So good! I gently poor the beer into a frosty mug pulled from the freezer with great anticipation. As expected a little head forms, but not too much as I am pretty damn good at pouring beer into a frosty mug by now. I leave a little bit of beer in the bottle because the fluid on the bottom looks pretty gross from the yeast. Right away I can detect the unmistakeable aroma of the cascade and amarillo bittering hops. I take a big drink and let the beer touch every corner of my mouth. Initially I am thinking WOW! This is great! The malted grain taste comes through strong initially then followed by the hop taste. Initially the sweet malted grain taste and bitter hop taste seem to balance out nicely. As I swallow the beer I start to detect a bitter aftertaste on the back of my tongue. As I think about the overall taste I am reminded of an IPA taste more so than a pale ale. My first beer is definitely drinkable even though it did not turn out perfect. I think my decision to use 3 extra AAUS of Amarillo bittering hops is the cause of the bitter aftertaste.
Any thoguhts are most welcome.