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My First Home Brew Complete

Last week I finally cracked open a bottle of my first home brew.  I kind of got myself convince that it was not going to turn out very well but I was pleasantly surprised.  The nose was very nice.  Nice citrus hops with a hint of pineapple to it.  The taste had a nice citrus hop and pineapple taste up front followed by some pine notes at the end.  It didn’t really have much malt backing to it but I’m told that’s difficult to get with extract brews.  There is a good bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottles and that is because of my lack of filtering it after the boil.  This is something I will do from now on.  But overall I was happy with it.  But does my opinion really count?  I went to masses (well sort of).

I had friends and family give some a try including a number of people at the Coffee District last night.  Almost everyone agreed that the nose is very nice.  Most even liked the hoppy flavors and little bit of bitterness that it gave.  Again they mentioned the lack of malt backing but hey it was my first go around.  So I was happy that some people enjoyed it and didn’t just spit it out.  Also glad there was no infection that I was afraid of.

A lot of people asked me if I was going to name it just for fun.  Before I tried it I said no because it had low hope on it but now that I know it turned out decent I decided why not.  So I give you the naming of my first home brew along with mock up label design 🙂

The name Lil’ Bitta comes from my reaction that it is a little bitter.  I then thought of the character Lil’ Brittle from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and the name was created.  I decided to just take it another step forward and create a mock up label design just for fun.  Lil’ Bitta is from the streets and is bringing his hoppy goodness to the masses (again sort of).

But it was a great experience from beginning to end with this brew.  I am totally addicted and am planning my second brew day this Saturday when I will be brewing up a Black IPA.  I’ll be sure to write something (or as Lil’ Bitta would say, sumpin) up early next week.

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  • Reply Phil (Ferm)

    Very good Beer! I enjoyed it a lot! Looking forward to more to come!

    March 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Beer Drinker

    That’s awesome, including the design. You gonna bring some in May?

    I typed Lil’ Bitta in Google and found some chick’s MYSPACE page. Funny stuff!

    Good luck with the Black IPA.

    March 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Mike

    Thanks Phil and Rob.

    I don’t know if it will last until May but my Black IPA may be ready by then.

    A cease and desist may be on the way to some chick. haha

    March 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Jim

    Congrats on getting to taste your home brew, Mike. It must be really satisfying to say “I made this, and now I’m drunk!”

    My first attempt at home brewing (bourbon porter) won’t be ready to try for at least 6 weeks, and probably won’t have good carbonation for another 2 to 4 weeks after that. My second beer (a wheat) will be ready in four weeks, so I’ll actually get to try that one first. I brewed it the same day I freed the porter from the primary carboy. Like you say – brewing is addictive and I had to get another airlock bubbling ASAP.

    Keep us posted on how Lil’ Bitta changes over time.

    March 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Mike

    Thanks Jim. You are really moving fast with your brews!

    March 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Michael Reinhardt

    Glad to see you are having fun with this. The design is straight up 80s Atari or Nintendo.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:11 am
  • Reply Scott-TheBrewClub

    That’s a great story Mike! Congrats and I think its cool that you’re having fun with it!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:32 am
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