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Drinking Day


Congratulations! The beer should be done about a week after Bottling Day. The only way to know for sure is to check. Make sure to use a glass, so you can enjoy the whole package; the aroma, the color, the foamy mustache, and even the taste (if you’re into that sort of thing)! If it does taste a little flat after 7 days, it will get better every day. Some beers take longer than others; that’s just how it goes. I’ll always try a new batch after 7 days, but I don’t plan any homebrew festivals or give any away for at least 10.

Hopefully you’re satisfied with your beer! I hope you’ve realized that it’s not rocket science, and anyone that likes to have a frosty brew every once in a while has a choice, and doesn’t have to just settle for the commercial options out there. I also hope this tutorial was helpful. I wanted to keep it simple so that people who may be intimidated by the process might see that it’s not so difficult. The main point is that nothing is lost by giving it a go. I also wanted to point out that though I might have made some kind of melodramatic statements about what will happen if something goes amiss, it’s really just sarcasm and meant for less boring reading. I’ve never seen anything go really wrong with a beer. I’ve seen the wort boil over, I’ve tasted yeasty flavors that weren’t meant to be in the beer, I’ve drank beer before it was carbonated and I’ve drank beer that tastes like vinegar (actually, that was more like a wine than a beer). None of these are big deals, and they’ve taught me how not to make these mistakes in the next batch. More importantly, though, is that I’ve never made or helped make a batch that wasn’t drinkable. I’ve never seen beer bottles explode either, but this is the one area where throwing caution to the wind may be a poor idea. Beer bottles can hold a lot of pressure (they’re meant to), but way overdoing it on priming sugar or bottling during fermentation could cause problems. If you watch out for this, there should be nothing else that will screw up your beer.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed your first batch of real homebrew, or at least enjoyed thinking about making it and might be getting ready to do something about it. There are some good links to help you get started here at Brewasaurus, and also some good links to products that will make you an expert brewer in no time at all! Good luck, and happy brewing to you!

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