I recently took up home brewing as a hobby and brewed my first (small) batch of ale. It was a simple recipe-
- boil a litre of water with a LOT of sugar and some lemon juice
- let it cool
- pitch in the yeast
- wait for a couple weeks
- bottle and wait a couple of days.
The resulting brew was strong- it literally knocked me out but boy was it foul tasting. I've read about a 'cardboard like taste' being imparted in ales due to oxygenation. Could that be the reason behind the terrible taste of my ale? I'm pretty sure the brew got oxygenated while bottling.
Could someone please tell me how I could improve the taste of subsequent batches?
P.S.: I'm an amateur so I don't have a brewing kit or even a hydrometer for that matter. And I live in India so my ale was 'hopless' (we don't have hops here)