So we did it! We made (what I think is) an awesome christmas gift! Home-brewed, hand bottled, awesomely designed beer: Marlowe’s Imperial Aftermath. We decided on a carob flavor because we had never seen a carob flavored beer before and it would give it a chocolate-y-ness without being too sweet. After deciding on the style and flavor we brewed and bottled the beer with the help of my brother. Eric made labels and I made personalized tags. And tadaaa… awesome Christmas gift named after babycakes!
It’s time to ruin our surprise Christmas gift. Well, for some people. We were able to give out most of them, but not yet all of them. If you haven’t received yours yet and I have now ruined the surprise: I’m sorry, but it’s cause we don’t see you enough!
Here’s how we did it:
We started brewing a few weeks ago. Marlowe and I were a bit under the weather but luckily it was a super nice day out to take in some fresh air!
The dogs didn’t help much.
It was super exciting!
(No, not really)
I started making and remaking tags:
I had about 24 names I had to stamp by hand, tags I had to cut, and decorations I had to string!
Eric designed two options of labels for us to apply:
I wanted the stinking poop option.
We went back to Marks a little over a week later to bottle the beer:
We had a little assembly line going: Sanitized the bottles, bottling, capped the tops.
Us with our first batch of bottled beer:
Marlowe looks like an angry beer-guarding troll. It’s awesome, I know.
The night before Christmas Eve Eric glued on labels while I finished making tags.
And that’s it!
Some friends and beer:
(I forgot to take a lot of pictures while giving them out. Oops.)
We still have a few beers to give out and I still have photos to take. We also have yet to try to the finished product! We tried it before any carbonation was added and it seemed pretty good at that point. One more week or so until it’s fully carbonated! Another note: We labeled it 9.25% in honor of Marlowe’s birthday, but it will most likely be more around a 7%. And yes, we will be saving a bottle as a Marlowe keepsake 🙂
Thanks! Hope you enjoyed our gift!