So, here’s the result of my first-ever go at homebrew – the Brubox ‘London Bitter’ Our Lad got me for Christmas. I followed the (somewhat vague) instructions to the letter, especially the bit about the dangers of the bag bursting through over-pressurisation, which was no empty threat. Had a look the morning after I charged the brew with sugar and found the bag blown up to the size and shape of a beach ball and climbing out of the box. We were perhaps seconds from disaster. As I er, released gas I felt just like Jack Bauer.
But what does it taste like? Despite being opaque (at this stage anyway), it’s pretty good. Malty, fruity and bitter – if a tad ‘yeasty’ – and miles better than it looks.