Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tasting: Eric and Brad's First Brew (Pale Ale)
Tasting: Chilled to 50~60 degrees (f) from a pint glass.
Appearance: 2/3 light amber color, minor haze.
Head: 3/3 Nice light head that lasts the whole glass.
Aroma: 2/3 Very pleasant fruity aroma (from the yeast), and hops. The yeast aroma, while pleasant, is stronger than it should be, probably caused by using one fermenter.
Flavor: 2/3 Mild fruit and hops pleasant, but a bit sweeter than ideal.
Mouth feel: 3/3 full bodied, light fizz, very mild hop flavor lingers.
Overall: 2/3 a great first brew, and very encouraging.
Buzz: 3/3 nice buzz after 1 glass.
I plan to replicate this recipe in one of our first all-grain brews, we will try to mash in at a moderately low temperature to reduce the sweetness. We will also use a secondary fermenter to reduce the influence of the yeast. It was good, but a bit out of balance. The hops were very balanced and we won't change that part of the recipe.