All This Great Homebrew, and Me Without My Nose!

I swear there was an actual head on this thing for like 20 seconds or so!

It was a homebrew extravaganza for me this weekend, and I have to say I missed most of it.  Sure I drank the beers, but I’m coming off of a silly little cold, and it left me with a swell parting gift – a lingering sinus infection.  It’s hard to taste anything, I feel like I’ve caught a basketball with my face, and all the world smells like pee. Terrific, I know.

And frustrating, too.  I finally got my hands on a growlerful of my friends’ home brewed NutTrail Ale, which so impressed me a few weeks ago, even though it had only been carbonated for a few days.  I was really looking forward to tasting it after it had spent some time under pressure. Unfortunately, all I could do was marvel at the beautiful color and admire the little bubbles.  I shared it with some friends who can taste things and they said it was terrific, which didn’t make me feel one lick better about the situation.

Even sadder, I opened my first-ever Jim-brewed bottle of homebrew this weekend (the wheat I bottled last Saturday) to test the carbonation.  The good news is it’s nice and bubbly after one week, and the color looks great.  And, unlike my face, it’s not infected, which is a major relief.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t really taste it.  That’s right – I missed my first taste of home brew!  I could detect a surprising bit of a hop bite to it, which will go well with the sweet wheat body of the beer, or I imagine it would if I could actually taste that part of the flavor spectrum.  Very frustrating!

So my goal this week is to rehabilitate my olfactory organ and get it ready for a road trip.  Don is coming for a visit (that’s right the Brothers are getting together!) and we’re headed out to Downingtown, PA to pay a visit to our friends at Victory.  It will be an awesome trip, full of great beers, mouthwatering foods and a few fun surprises, and I will throw myself into the mash tun if I can’t taste anything!  If that’s the case, at least I’m confident that Don will happily describe every minute detail of the flavorgasms that I’m missing out on.  He’s good like that – a real peach.

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6 Comments on “All This Great Homebrew, and Me Without My Nose!”

  1. Rob Crozier
    April 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    That’s too bad…all that hard work and you can’t even enjoy the fruits of your labor!

    Victory – one of my favorite brewers. They were supposed to open a brewpub in Easton recently as one of my brothers lives there but looks like the plans have been squashed. I know you’ll feel better in time for the trip.

    • April 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      Victory should be lots of fun, and they have so many beers to try (and casked goodies as well at the brewery) that I’m sure we’ll have a great time.

      I’m hoping I’ll be able to smell by then as well, because I’ve heard really great things about their food and want to get the full experience. It’d be a shame to come home saying “those ribs had a terrific texture!”

  2. April 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    mmmmmm texture.

    Congrats on the beer Jim, and good luck on the trip with Don!

    • April 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

      Yes, I hope the BBQ will be real “ribby” and the beer will be “tingly.” I also hope I can kick this sinus thing and actually enjoy the sights, sounds AND smells of Victory!

  3. April 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    It looks great! Just wait another 4 weeks and see what that head looks like…nice work! (sorry about the sinus infections; those suck!)

    • April 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

      My wife said it was too early to open, but I explained that as big-time brewers (or not) that we need to check in on our brew and see how it was progressing after a week. We wound up opening two bottles total, but I really didn’t get a sense of what it tasted like. I did taste it before I bottled it, and it was sweet and grainy, like a nice wheat should be. I think the carbonation has pulled out the hop flavor a bit, but I really can’t tell. Totally frustrating!!

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