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Homebrew #1: Felicitas

by Rob Friesel

I brewed a beer.

Success! #homebrewing

This was something that I’ve always wanted to do (since I was a kid even) and recently I finally felt like I had the time, space, and resources to give it a shot. And when a friendly brew-off competition was proposed among some of my co-workers… Well, I felt like the time had finally come. All my excuses were gone and it was time to give it a shot.

With the help of my friend Jeffrey, we set out to brew a “California-style” red ale. We came across this extract kit from and decided that it would be the one.

About a month ago, we did the brew:

H. adds the Chinook hops...

And about two weeks ago, we bottled:

Bottling 22oz'ers. #homebrewing

Apparently, there’s a lot of waiting involved in homebrewing.

Anyway… The wait was worth it. What we have is an easy-drinking red ale. While it isn’t exactly clear, it isn’t cloudy either. It has a great color. There are some nice malts on the nose and a subtle hop finish. (Some sips seem to have hints of caramel but who knows where that comes from…)

At any rate: success! Or at least a great success for a first time brewing.

Pictures of the process &c.

Pretty excited. And pretty much hooked.

Next up? A Belgian tripel/IPA hybrid. I expect it’s going to be amazing and gift-worthy.


Felicitas, an American (“California-style”) red ale by Fierce Brewing Co-op

Original Gravity 1.052
Final Gravity 1.012
ABV 5.24%
Attenuation 76.92%
IBU 41.99
SRM 20.05
Links Untappd


We dubbed it Felicitas and managed to take second place in a friendly little local competition!

Felicitas in the wild. #homebrewing #rawr

Came in to a nice surprise this morning… #homebrewing

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night; weekend homebrewer. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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