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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Woodforde's Wherry, a disappointing send off

I started home brewing beer kits before moving to all grain. The thought process being that this would allow me to learn the basics (and make the mistakes), before investing in equipment and expensive ingredients. The great thing about kits is that they strip out a fair bit of the complexity, whilst still allowing you to learn the basic brewing process.

I had mixed success with the kits, basically learning that you get what you pay for. Buy a budget kit, expect a cheap tasting beer. The best tasting (and funnily enough, most expensive) kit I brewed was a 40 pint Woodforde's Wherry kit.

Last night marked the end of an era. A small and pretty meaningless era yes, but an era all the same. I opened the last bottle of Wherry that I have left, meaning that everything I brew and drink from this point on will be made from all grain. I'd been saving the bottle to be honest, putting it to the back of the cupboard to avoid drinking it.

It'd lost most of it's carbonation, the hop flavour had almost totally gone and I only drank about a tenth of it before throwing the rest away, but let's not dwell on that. Let's wave goodbye to the era of beer kits instead.


Scyrene said...

I'm just starting out, and this is the kit I'm using! I want to move on to doing everything properly, with malt and hops and so on, but I tried this just to get started. I'm doing the second fermentation in a pressure barrel, rather than bottles, but it tastes pretty good - which I suppose is the point, to encourage me on.

And the price difference between this (something like £20) and the budget kits (between £10 and £15) isn't enough to tempt me to try those ones - my friends made homebrew from the cheapest kits, and they were... disappointing, let's say.

Anyway, I'm enjoying reading your blog from start to finish, so I apologise in advance for leaving lots of notes... :)

Mark said...

Awesome! Always good to hear of a new person taking up homebrewing. I started out with kits and then moved on to all grain stuff. Definetly the best way to go about it.

Don't beat yourself up too much if your kit beers don't blow you away. I think it's pretty much impossible to make great beer from kits. That would be my advice any way.

No need to apologies for comments. That's what blogging is all about. How did you stumble upon my blog out of interest?

Scyrene said...

Yeah, I was surprised how drinkable it was tbh. And I refer you to my previous reply - i.e., I can;t remember! ;)