Yeah, I probably could have picked up a Pilsner Urquell to see if my brew compared with the Czech pilsner but I wanted to buy something that we had never tried before.
This video has us tasting each beer but for Mike it is a blind tasting. He doesn’t know which beer is which, so watch to see if he can tell the homebrewed beer from the commercial one.
I don’t have critical tastings of my beers all that often but I should. The only real way to get better is to get feedback and improve your brewing practices or recipe. Putting your beers into competition is one way to get feedback, but another way is to taste test them against commercial beers of the same beer style.
I think the feedback I got from this tasting is to pitch an even better starter and to keep the beer in primary fermentation for a little bit longer – maybe 3 to 3.5 weeks to see if the yeast can refine the flavors even more.
Of course, water chemistry is another part of it. I did use a few gallons of distilled water in my mash to soften my already soft tap water even further. I may brew this one again since I do think it turned out nice.