Beyond Blond was my very first beer I brewed along with my dad. It was from the brooklyn brew shop, a gallon kit my girl got for me for christmas earlier that year. When I first told my dad Sarah got me a gallon brew kit, he wrote me about a 7 page note sheet of how to brew beer, lol. I didn't brew it right away, just never had the time really. So it sat in my closet untill he came out to visit for Laborday.
From what I remember, honestly I'm actually writing this in April of 2016, and I brewed this last year, it was a pretty damn cool experience. It was a simple four step process, the mash, the boil, the cool down, and then the fermination. I was super stoked that my Dad, the Brew Master General, was down visiting me in San Diego. He's been brewing beer for a while now in his basement in Grantsville, UT, where the ABV of things can't get above a 3.2%, hence the fact that it's a must to brew your own beer there.
So I really didn't have a clue, what was going on. But my dad was patient and guided the process thourougly. I brought out my day planner and started taking notes of times and tempratures, knowing that I would forget all of what happen as soon as we started drinking that night. I knew from then that I would be taking a lot of notes, becuase I planned on brewing more that just this once. Also I knew that buebeer.com would become a real deal, ...even if it's taken over 5 years to even get started.
We started around 11:30am and didn't get done untill after 3pm. My dad was a pro the whole time, actually he was the one brewing and I was just taking notes and taking pictures, documenting every part of the process. We coarked and stored it around 3:30pm, 1530 for you military types. It was a tough job for such a little bit of beer, like less than a gallon, but in the end it did become worth it.
Two weeks went by, my dad saftly back in Grantsville, it was time to bottle. Of course if I spilt any more than I did I wouldn't have any to drink. However I ended up scoring 7 and a half 16oz bottles. Then back to storing it for another 4 weeks to self carbonate.
It tasted like a hoppy Stella Atrois, my buddy who had a bottle said it reminded him of a La Fin Du Monde a canadan beer that his girlfriend loves. My girl on the other had didn't care to much of it, she's not a big fan of hops, even though she ordered the Hop Bomb and San Diego's beer festivale '14. Geeze.. Anyways it was clear too, and yellow in color. I was supposed to add honey to it during bottleing, but I didn't have any so I threw in some suger cane cubes for priming.
All in all the beer was fine alittle hoppy and clearly not enough.