Thursday, March 11, 2010

A blast from the past - OR - Time fixes all beers

To mark the (approximate) third anniversary of my homebrewing, I decided to reach waaaay back in my cellar and grab a bottle of the second beer I ever brewed - chocolate coffee stout. This is also the only beer I ever brewed that got dumped down the drain. It was my first attempt at a recipe and I had NO clue what I was doing. I can't remember the exact recipe by far, but it was a mix of dark malt extract, who knows what hop, chocolate brownie coffee, and 4oz of cocoa powder. The OG was ~1.060 if memory serves.What a disgusting mess! After 6 or 8 months I gave up on this beer and dumped all but a sixer down the drain. I've tried some periodically since then and not a one of them have been finished. I'd say that the last one I tried was a good year ago. I just cracked into my second-to-last one and this is actually a pretty damn good beer! Now I wish I had that case and a half I drainpoured. Oh well, just goes to show how much a beer really changes over the course of three years. I'll bring my last bottle to the Bay de Noc Brewers meeting on Saturday to get some other opinions.

1 comment:

  1. The same thing happened with the first all grain beer I ever brewed. It was absolutely horrible and 3 years later it was actually pretty good. Crazy how that works.