Y’ALL I MADE BEER! It came out tasting just like a beer you would buy at the store, and I made it in my little apartment. I loved my experience so much that I’m giving a free kit away to a lucky reader! Check the end of the post for entry details.
But I digress. Once I was asked, “If you could only choose to drink beer, wine, or cocktails for the rest of your life, which would you choose?”. What a horrible question, right? But, after mulling it over for a few minutes, I decided that beer is possibly my favorite of the three. Don’t get me wrong, I love wine and cocktails, but beer comes in so many fun variations and has an easy going, relaxed demeanor that I have come to pair with weekends.
When Craft A Brew reached out to me about their beer brewing kits, I was too excited about it. I had never brewed beer before because I thought I would need a ton of equipment and space to do it, but their kits make it incredibly straightforward and doable in a small apartment. Notice, I did not say easy. I was thankful to have someone help me out, since there were quite a few steps to the process, but we had a lot of fun!
I ordered the OG Orange Golden ale which is a Belgian beer with orange and citrus flavors. The brewing went exactly as it was listed in the instructions, though I did have a little trouble with siphoning, so we just poured the beer from the gallon jug into the bottles. Once I had the beer bottled (make sure to buy swing top, Grolsch-style bottles to bottle your beer) I waited another 3 weeks to taste it. The kit lists 2 weeks, but I went on vacation and was assured that more time would only make it better.
And… THE BEER WAS A SUCCESS! During brewing I was overtly obsessive over making sure every square inch of bottle, pot, funnel, etc. that the beer touched was sanitized. Because of this, I naturally worried that I had missed a spot and that the beer would be contaminated with germs, which can leave you with a really bad tasting beer. Fears aside, the beer turned out perfectly.
I would say the OG Orange Golden ale has the flavor profile of a wheat or Belgian beer, but definitely with a touch more hoppiness. Though it sounds a lot like Blue Moon in the description, I found that the citrus flavors were much more muted, and the beer overall was less sweet which I liked. Successful beer calls for a party!
I invited my beer brewing helpers, Megan and Ben, and Kyle to share a beer together over some barbecue, because who says no to grilling and beer? We all enjoyed tasting the home brew and agreed that it tasted better than most homemade beer we had tried! I think I’ll call it “BB OG – Hoppy for the Weekend”… I’m basically a brew master now.
So, have I convinced you to try your hand at brewing? Well you can win a Craft A Brew kit by following the instructions below! I am giving away one Craft A Brew kit to a lucky reader so make sure to follow the steps in order to be entered into the giveaway.
Craft A Brew Kit Giveaway
The winner will win a Craft a Brew kit of their choice which includes everything needed for brewing.
- Check out Craft a Brew’s website and find a kit you would be interested in.
- Follow/like Bunny Baubles on at least two of the following sites: Wordpress emails (see the link in the sidebar), Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Bloglovin (if you follow on more than 2 you get an extra entry for each!).
- Comment below which ways you follow me with your user name, if applicable, and which kit you want to win!
UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Thank you to everyone who entered! There were over 50 entries, and the winner is Janet Schwartz-Micheaux!
This post was sponsored by Craft a Brew. All opinions are my own.