Bru Haroo! Bottles first proper brew – a honey IPA
Today I bottled and mini-kegged my first properly brewed craft beer – I attempted to follow a traditional English style IPA recipe using English Pale malts coupled with Challenger and Goldings hops in the boil.
I couldn’t resist though and went a little off-piste after that by dry-hopping with some fresh Citra and also adding some organic English honey into the fermenter for balance and added Yeast action – I thought the worst that can happen is it will taste like Lemsip beer!
The original and final gravity readings make it about 5.5% ABV – it now needs at least 4 weeks in the mini-kegs and at 8 weeks in the bottles to condition and get some carbonation going on…
I’ll definitely be sharing it with family and friends over the Christmas period. Unfortunately it’s not for sale – I have no licences to do so. However if this and subsequent brews turn out alright you never know!