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Last Few Brewing Experiences

December 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve taken up home brewing again. Last year for my 40th birthday, my sister-n-law got me a Tom Caxton Real Ale kit. She did this because I had talked about my experience and had shown her some of my kit: glass carboy, food grade bucket, bottle capping device and a few other bits and bobs.

So just before my 41st birthday I finally break this kit out and see what I need. I was sure enough that I didn’t want to use ordinary sugar to make it with because that makes it taste funny; I read that on the internet somewhere. I was also grumbling internally about bottling. so I asked around and a friend of mine turned me on to a home brew supplier nearby.  After a short trip there, I had a pressure keg and some proper brewing sugar.

First thing I had to do was clean the mouse nest from my food-grade bucket. Seriously! A mouse had set up home in my bucket.  My bucket has the faucet near the bottom and the faucet was not hooked up — so a mouse made a home in it.

The first batch was just OK. It’s been several months so my memory of it is a bit vague.  The pressure keg I used was one of those plastic ones which works fine but I tend to think I was in too much of a hurry and needed to give the beer more time to mature. Subsequent batches ensued as needed. I believe I’ve made two or three since.

I’ve also acquired a Mr. Beer kit and have made two batches.  I’ve still got plenty of it left. Its OK beer but seems a bit weak.

These stories will follow.

Cheers & ON ON


Tags: Home Brewing

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Roo // Dec 21, 2008 at 9:54 am

    aaah poor mouse…… the beer tasted delicious though!

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