Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mr. Beer: Day 2

A: Still a nice layer of foam on top
S: Slightly stronger sour smell today?
T: Less sour

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mr. Beer: Day 1

A: Looks yellow, cloudy, and even has a tiny bit of head / white foam on top!
S: Woah, smells like beer! I was expecting to smell something awful, but it smelled like thin beer, and even had a tiny hint of the honey.
T: First second: tastes like cheap beer that was left out in the sun. Seconds 2-30: Ungh, fairly bitter / sour. Seconds 30-: something interesting.

I've heard sour is fairly normal early, but extremely sour may mean it's infected. Don't think it's extreme, so I've got hope :-) Even though I was careful to clean and disinfect everything (can opener, whisk, etc.), some sources of foreign bacteria introduction might have been:
1) I brushed out the last of the yeast by hand
2) The local honey, probably unpasteurized?


Mr Beer: West Coast Pale Ale

Made my first batch of beer Sunday (2/26) night! Used a Mr. Beer kit: West Coast Pale Ale, and added ~1/4c local honey.

I plan on sampling it every 24 hours (via dispenser spout), to watch the fermentation progression.