So I went splitsies with somebody on a Sam Adams Seasonal Assortment pack, and one of the beers in it is Old Fezziwig’s Ale, which is a Sam Adams Christmas-season beer (Fezziwig, for my less-than-well-read friends, was a characterin A Christmas Carol). The beer itself was a malt-heavy, and had a little bit of cinnamon, chocolate and caramel flavor in it (but just a hint, I didn’t even notice the individual flavors until after I read the label). Its mind-blowing tastiness has inspired me to give brewing a whirl.
So has anybody else ever given beer-making a whirl (when I was searching through now-locked threads, I know a couple did)? What are some of the kits people used? Or did people just make due with common household equivalents? Any recommendations for ingredients? Any good deals on ingredients? Any tips for controlling the alcohol volume?