Sunday, December 25, 2011

Home Brewed Beer - the final answer

I reviewed a Mr. Beer beer making kit about a month ago. That's about how long it takes to brew beer using the kit. Two weeks in the plastic keg to ferment, then two weeks in the bottles to become carbonated. Then it just needs to be chilled.

It can age even longer in the fridge, but we decided to pop one open right away. I mean, why not? It's a holiday.

The verdict?

Yes, it's definitely beer. Pretty good beer, actually. Well, how about that?

It was a reddish golden color, a teeny bit sweet, and not overly hoppy. Which is great for me because I'm not a big fan of heavily-hopped beer. And of course, this was just one possible beer from a pretty big selection of different beers.

Will this beer appeal to everyone? Probably not. But let's face it, if you name any commercial beer, there will be some people who like it and others who hate it. All I've got to say is the kit was easy to use, and it was kind of fun to brew my own beer.

I've already ordered two different cider kits and two more beer kits. That ought to keep me busy for a while.

Meanwhile, my first batch of home-brewed beer is on the drink menu for Christmas. I'll be toasting with it a little later today. Dinner will be classic - a rack of pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. What's on your table?

I hope our holidays are great, whatever you celebrate.

And a little teeny gift to you.  If you order from Mr. Beer through the end of December, you can get free shipping if you use the coupon code "cookistry" when you order.