I recently began brewing my first beer with MiniBrew. I found the machine very easy to use, but by no means was my first brew textbook perfect. I had some teething issues with my CO2 cartridges and the beer remained at a slightly higher than desirable temperature for the first 24 hours of fermentation (I didn’t realise I was dry hopping the El Dorado and Mosiac hops straight away, I was expecting to do this slightly later!). Oh, I forgot to measure my OG and FG (in order to formally calculate the ABV of the beer), oh well – maybe next time! I also made a beer splash as I hadn’t decompressed the keg prior to first pour (woops!). Anyway, let’s find out how Hazy Daze turned out.
Mandatory “Hazy Daze” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.48 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 4%
- IBU: 25
- Style: IPA
- Serving: 440ml, from 5 litre keg
I pulled the pressure valve open, allowing some gas to escape – and the pleasant citrus tones awoken my dormant olfactory senses. My fears have been alleviated, it looks like my MiniBrew has actually created beer! On pouring it produced a hazy straw coloured beer, matching the beer’s name. There is a thick, bubbly white head. On the nose, a more intense version of the scent produced initially by the pressure valve. I get scents of general citrus and some light pine, which smells absolutely delish. On sampling, the beer starts with a gently juicy citrus sweetness, before evolving into a deep, very strong, lingering bitterness and a slightly dry finish. The beer lacks body and I feel that there should be a greater depth to it. This might be because it’s a session IPA – often these beers are quite “thin” (i.e. watery) compared to the bigger DIPAs I’ve grown accustomed too. It was surprisingly more bitter than I was expecting.
Diagnosis: 2.75/5. “Hazy Daze” a certainly hazy brew. It’s an interesting beer to review as the points that I’ve criticised – were these subject to a misstep by myself,or is it the beer itself. I’m certainly going to rebrew this down the line to compare the outcome as my experience with MiniBrew grows and my familiarity with the equipment improves
Given that there was nearly 5 litres in the keg, i certainly didn’t finish it all in one session! I sampled it a number of times over the course of 10 days, tweaking the carbonation ever so slightly. By the time I got to the end of the keg, I found that this further conditioning see to help the beer. The bitterness was present, but not just as sharp as when I first sampled it and there was a brighter citrus flavour profile on repeat sampling, which was very much enjoyed.