Monday, 2 February 2009
Beer 001 - Ready (according to kit instructions)
Since it was just after the fortnight anniversary (2009-02-02) of bottling the Young's kit, and as such the kit instructions recommended maturing time, I decided to crack a bottle open. The difference between the early taste and now is quite remarkable. The beer has lost the 'tang' that it had, there is no detectable yeasty smell upon pouring. I'd be lying if I said it was the best pint I've ever had, but on the flip-side it's certainly not the worst I've had either. It's an OK pint, and if it continues to get better in the bottles it'll be very good. The wisdom from Jim's forum seems to suggest at least an additional week before it's at it's prime, i.e. the kit's underestimate the amount of time required, probably so they can emblazon 'ready in 3 weeks' on the box.