Yesterday I bottled my Chilli and Lime Lager. Bottling is always a laborious and lengthy process of washing, sterilizing, filling, capping, and then cleaning up. But there’s a feeling of satisfaction when it’s over and you’ve created a few cases of beer. In a few months they might be drinkable.
I tasted the brew before bottling it, and I think it’ll be fairly different to my earlier Chilli Draft. Firstly it’s a lot less hot. This time I used mild chillis, but even though I used a dozen they didn’t stack up to the heat of the one hot chilli I used last time. Secondly there’s the Kaffir lime taste, which seems to have made the beer somewhat sour. You might expect sourness in a Porter, but it’s a bit of a surprise in a Lager. Well, only time will tell how these and other characteristics develop in the bottle.