Homebrew 2: Mystery Stout
I’ve called my second-ever homebrew beer “Mystery Stout” because its alcoholic strength is a mystery to me. If I’d followed the BruPack kit instructions to the letter, I should have ended up with a 4.5% to 5% ABV beer. However, I added a whole lot of muscovado sugar to both increase strength and add flavour. As I didn’t have a hydrometer at the time, I don’t know by how much (if at all) this has increased the strength. I have since purchased a hydrometer so I shouldn’t have this problem again.
As you can see, the beer was poured from a 275ml Dragon Stout bottle into a 2012 Leicester Beer Festival Mr Pickwick half pint glass. Unlike my first homebrew, it has a good head, no doubt because I added more sugar to each bottle for the secondary fermentation. It has a rich, coffee-ish taste, with some rum-like notes from the muscovado sugar. It’s not bad at all, to be honest. It’s definitely better than Guinness and Dragon Stout and I’d probably make it again.