Home-brewing – the proof of the pudding

February 3, 2008 at 1:21 pm 1 comment

When we told people I’d bought Scientist Boyfriend a home-brewing kit for his birthday, we had a surprising number of negative responses, mostly from people who’d tried to ferment a load of stuff in a tub in the garage as spotty teenagers and drunk it before it was ready. I’d like to think they weren’t the final authority on home-brewing, and I was careful to buy a good quality kit, recommended by seasoned home-brewers and with all correct equipment included, along with easy to follow instructions, but still, the number of people who said, ‘Ugh, it’ll stink the house out, you know!’ or, ‘Ugh, it’ll explode and stain your walls, you know!’ or, ‘Ugh, home-brew tastes of cat’s urine, you know!’ had caused a seed of doubt to lodge itself in my mind.

Anyway (after testing it periodically during the fermentation process – for research purposes, you understand), the beer has now finished and is being drunk, and I am proud to say that it hasn’t smelt at all, it hasn’t exploded and it definitively does not taste of cat’s urine! In fact, it tastes of beer.

Scientist Boyfriend, real ale enthusiast extraordinaire, says that I am no authority on the quality of beer, as my only forays into beer-drinking involve Kronenbourg or other bog-standard lagers, and only abroad (bugger all else to drink in Togo!), hence I am obliged to point out that, to the conoisseur (and to me, actually, give me some credit), it has a distinct chloriney aftertaste because we didn’t add a Campden tablet to it and just used tap water as it was, for the very good reason that we didn’t find out about that until afterwards.

But, all things considered, it was a remarkable success for a first effort, is eminently drinkable and is promising for the future….

… So later today we are picking up 8 demijohns and assorted wine-making bits from someone on Freecycle. Elderflower season here I come! When peak oil hits, we’ll still be able to get sozzled!


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  • 1. Jenna  |  February 6, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Nice to know I’m not the only one who got her honey a brew kit (although in our case my guy is attempting mead). Glad to hear it turned out well for you. I’m surprised to hear you got so many negative responses… in our house it sealed my status as “the COOL wife”.

    The site it a nifty one, I’ll be bookmarking this. Thanks for the good read.


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