Cracked open the first bottle of German Wirehaired Porter (thanks those who offered naming suggestions) and it actually worked! It’s been decades since I last brewed, and it was with much trepidation and angst (really crappy directions), but the initially quaff is excellent!
Nutty, smooth, just the right amount of carbonation … and I’m guessing quite a kick (writing now so it is understandable, before I’m done with the first bottle). Light and refreshing for a Porter, thanks to the lousy directions, which forgot to tell me to add hops – luckily, I did anyway, but much later in the brewing process than usual. You could drink this on a summer afternoon – it’s not a heavy beer, malty enough but very smooth going down a grateful gullet.
And the timing couldn’t have been better: another great training day here, on the steady to wing-shot-fall thing with both dogs. That alone worth of a toast.
I was never good at science in school. This will have to do as my best experiment to date.
I toast the dogs who inspired the ale and the name! Label to come soon.