Video: Homebrew Review of My First Ever Brew

Well I’m finally ready to pass judgment on my oak-aged bourbon porter, my first-ever home brew.  I had it four weeks after bottling and thought it was a mess and needed to spend more time in the bottle.  That was a few months ago, and now it’s time to crack one open and see how it tastes.  I figured it was something we could do together via the miracle of video.

Please excuse my overwhelming Sundayness.  A guy doesn’t have to groom every day!

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9 Comments on “Video: Homebrew Review of My First Ever Brew”

  1. August 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    now you made me thirsty!

    • August 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

      It’s not the best beer ever, but it’s mine. I’ll bring a bottle next time we connect. Start lowering your expectations…now!

  2. August 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Nice job Jim! The beer certainly looks good from here. Do you think you’ll tweak it and try making it again?

    • August 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

      I don’t think I’d make it again because the mouthfeel is just too light. I’ll do a crazy huge stout and add the oak chips, but probably go with Kentucky Spirit for the booze, as it’s my favorite whiskey right now.

  3. August 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Total aside….you should grow a beard! Oh, and save one for me!!!!

    • August 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      I once grew a beard as part of a Halloween costume. No one said anything until I shaved it off, and then a bunch of ladies I worked with complained that it was gone. Either they thought it looked good, or they just liked the fact that I was covering up my face with it. Hard to know.

      And you’re easy. I’ll drop one off with your Maharaja.

  4. Don
    August 3, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Wow Jim, You just called Katie EASY!

  5. August 6, 2010 at 12:33 am #

    I’m happy that this is a good experience. I think the oak could have added to the bitterness. Maybe cut the oak or hops next time and the bitter will mellow.

    • August 6, 2010 at 1:04 am #

      Good advice. Thanks, Mike.

      It tastes more like hops than oak, but it was a pretty tight boil and a pretty loose secondary fermentation, so less oak might be exactly what I need.

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