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The Tale of the Amateur Brewer

Like many before me I succumbed to the urge. I was in my mid-20’s, slightly hazy, after one too many, and felt like I could take on the world. I was going to do it. No matter what my girlfriend would say, this was going to happen. I was going to brew my own beer.

The next day after a few clicks it was ordered. Ok, ok, ok. I wasn’t brewing in the real sense. It was coming from a tin, but give me a break it was my first time. The plan was set – next week I’d start the brew; fermenting for two weeks, I’d then be able to bottle into my snazzy new glass bottles.

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Two weeks after bottling I arrived home from work on a Friday night. Tomorrow was going to be the day – the beer would be ready. Tonight the beers would be put in the fridge and cooled to the perfect temperature ready for tomorrow.

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Today was the day. Unfortunately, I had the obligatory Saturday shopping jaunt first. Then it was here. The sun was shining, the beer cool. I took the first bottle out of the fridge and went outside. The bottle top seemed to fall into my hand. I took the first sip….. this wasn’t how it was supposed to taste. Instead of the light, refreshing taste it had promised me this had a heavy and acidic taste. What had happened? The dreams of my beers on a Tesco shelf slipped away. What had happened? All those wasted hours…. What had happened?

But I wasn’t going to let this stop me. I was determined to win. So I tried again. This time I had managed to turn an ‘aromatic, hoppy beer’ into orange gloop! That was it. I’m just going to buy the beer next time, or ask for help!

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If you want to sample a much better brew than mine. The
BEST WESTERN Beamish Hall Hotel in County Durham brews several of their own beers and serves them in their  very own Pub & Restaurant, The Stables. Head Brewer, John Taylor, insists on using only the finest ingredients and time-honoured methods to produce a range of beers for traditional and modern tastes alike. And ever the recycling fanatic the yeast from the brewing process is even used in the hotels bread!

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