Something about using really old yeast scares me a little. It excites me too, but mostly scares.
I’m a tad nervous anytime someone gives me a homebrew to try, especially if i have to drink it there in person. You never know what you’ll get, and sometimes you get stuff that’s absolutely ghastly. Then again, sometimes you get something that’s really good.
Last night I cracked open a bottle of the beer that Alan brewed back in August. I poured a glass, looked at it, sniffed it, then took a sip. It was quite good! I realize this sounds like vote of no-confidence for Alan, but it isn’t. He was tentative about the batch, and I think I picked up on his nervousness about some of the steps, but he needn’t have worried.
It was good, the color was on, it was a little malty for a true Inversion clone, though that’s normal for extract brewing. The hoppiness was nice, but not as big and fresh as inversion. Next time I’ll suggest dry-hopping for that last citrus bit that Inversion has. Otherwise, great job!