Say hello to my latest effort, brewed from a Woodfordes Wherry Kit. I cooked this up at the end of january, fermented it for 12 or so days and then barreled it without flooding the kitchen. Apart from the odd test snifter, It’d been sleeping peacefully in a cool corner of our dining room. Last friday – after a working week from hell – I could wait no longer. Out came the nonic.
So what’s it like? Actually, pretty damn good – and nobody is more surprised than me. It’s sweetish and malty with a long bitter finish and a proper, lacing head. It won’t set any hophead’s hair on fire, but It’s a decent ‘brown’ session beer. Importantly, it doesn’t taste like homebrew – I’d be happy to sup this down the pub. For some of the night, anyway. I forgot to take the original gravity, but it’s something in the neighbourhood of 4%, though anyone reading my tweets on friday night may have thought I was on something stronger.
When I barreled this beer, I siphoned off a bottle for my mum and dad. Given the enthusiasm for it when they cracked it open last night, (“We’ve had worse in Wetherspoon’s”) bottle conditioning might be the way forward for my next brew. The Wherry kit is notorious for stuck fermentations – which I avoided – and failing to properly drop bright – which I didn’t. There’s a faint haze, but it’s a helluva lot better than my last effort which looked like Bisto.