I decided to start brewing beer because my girlfriend is allergic to wheat and the market beers just don't taste good to her. The first beer I did was an extract gluten free beer.
I went straight to kegs. It's been sitting in the keg for two weeks. I just did a blind taste test with three people, using my brew and Red Bridge.
Everybody picked my brew. The three main comments were:
Taster 1: i like the carbonation and smell
Taster 2: i like the strong "hoppiness"
Taster 3: it (red bridge) smells like elmer's glue and it's flat, this one (mine) has some bite and tastes a lot more like beer than that (red bridge)
My perspective is that it is a bit bitter but I like that taste so maybe it will soften its flavor profile over time.
I guess that qualifies as a successful brew. My girlfriend hasn't tasted it yet so it's probably a fail if she doesnt like it.
I want to thank everybody here for the advice and guidance on everything from buying equipment to how to brew, etc. One never knows if they did everything right until the first taste. It's probably the most expensive 5 gallons of beer I've ever had in my fridge