Brewing Without a Kit #1: The Big and Easy Bottle Brew

So not all of us are going to be able to fork over the $60+ needed to get a basic brewing kit, which consists of your primary, secondary, a long handled stirring spoon etc. Or you might not have the space, or be in the unfortunate situation where picky room mate who hates the smell of dead yeast and hops (god forbid). So this series will be us trying out the equiptmentless brewing kits.

#1. The Big and Easy Bottle Brew

I’ve actually not seen these before until I walked into L’amour Du Vin, which is conveniently just off campus on 10th and Trimble. It costs less than $10 a bottle, and the beer is conveniently already in the bottle. All you had to do is put the yeast capsule attached to the cap into the bottle of yet-to-be-beer, wait a week or two, and viola. You have beer.

The one that I got was the Red Lager, which seemed the most reliable one out of all the other flavours (Premium Pilsner, Mexican Cerveza, Brown Ale, Lime Lager).

To be honest, I was pretty dubious. I’m no hardcore homebrewer, but I know that this one step “brewing process” couldn’t yield a homebrew worth bragging about. And the most steps you skip in home brewing, the shittier your beer will taste.

The thing that intrigued me was the special pressure cap, which is basically a bottle cap with a pressure cap hole. During fermentation, the excess gases will escape from the pressure cap hole, while at the same time, not letting anything to go into the bottle and contaminate the beer.

I was tempted to try it after a week, but decided the sketchy bottle brew needed another week just to be on the safe side. Refridgerating it would probably also help, which is why it was in there a day before the great tasting.

It was not bad at first taste, or rather, better than what I expected. But upon more gulps of the beer, it just tasted like “carbonated beer water”, as my room mate eloquently, or not, put it. It was a nice clear amber, and there wasn’t much of a aroma. There is just a tad kick of hops in the aftertaste, but that’s it.

It probably costs the same as a 6 pack of Canadian for the same amount of alcohol. I’m going to say that it’s better than Canadian, and maybe get one if you’re venturing into the realms of home brewing, and don’t have the space/ equiptment to do it.