My first ever brew will always hold a soft spot in my heart, and being the first one, I tried to keep things as simple as possible.
It was all grain, but rather than freestyle, I bought, in kit form from my supplier, the following…
- 5(ish) kilos of Maris Otter
- 500g Crushed Crystal
- 17g target hops
- 8g Challenger hops
- 8g Northdown hops
- 11g East Kent Goldings
- Some Mangrove Jack Craft Series yeast – M10 (Workhorse) – a good all -rounder, by all accounts.
The result… an overly-hoppy, nutty-brown ale which was quite cloudy and lively at first, but after a few months in the bottle, cleared very nicely and made a half-decent standalone pint.
The first brew was a learning process, it gave me a good understanding of the basic procedure and also how the individual ingredients mature over time, so that what you taste straight from the fermenter isn’t necessarily what you’ll get when you open your first bottle a few weeks later.
Looking back, I’d say it was a solid, if unspectacular, start to my brewing journey, but an important first step towards where I am today.
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