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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #8 July 20, 2012
Free Republic | 7-20-2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 07/20/2012 5:15:28 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!

Happiness is a bubbling airlock!

 

BEER


Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Nothing brewed at the Red Devil Brew house this week. Just enjoying a few home brews.

Tip: If you have ever been disappointed with your homebrews not developing a nice long lasting head or they seem to be over carbonated and really heady when you pour a glass of your homebrew you might want to try cleaning your glass or mug. Use a mixture of equal parts of Baking Soda and salt then add a little water to make a paste. Use this paste to scrub the inside and while at it the outside of your glass. Rinse well and let dry before using. You might be surprised at the results next time you pour a glass of your homebrew.

I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let us know what your favorite brew, wine or spirit is.


TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: beer; homebrewing; oenology; weekly; wine; zymurgy
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To: OCCASparky

So far have not had to deal with that issue so never had to figure it out. I keep the bottles in a back room inside the house, in the boxes they originally came in. I modified each box by removing the dividers and lining the inside with a heavy duty plastic trash can liner (in case one breaks), then putting the dividers back in.

Its a lot shorter walk to get them this way....


41 posted on 07/20/2012 8:52:41 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Fear of an empty glass is called cenosillicaphobia.

In Fairbanks, Alaska, it’s illegal to feed a moose any alcoholic beverage.

In medieval England, beer was often served with breakfast.

In Germany there is a beer ice cream in Popsicle form. Its alcohol content is lower than that of traditional beer.

Prohibition lasted precisely 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, and 32.5 minutes.

The oldest known recipe in existence is a recipe for beer.

Tom Arnold, Sandra Bullock, Chevy Chase, Bill Cosby, Kris Kristofferson and Bruce Willis are all former bartenders.

The Puritans loaded more beer than water onto the Mayflower before they departed for the New World.

The Ancient Romans used to toast a woman’s health by drinking a glass of wine for every letter of her name.

Moron is the name of a wine sold in Italy.

The lyrics for “Star Spangled Banner” were written by Francis Scott Key, but the tune was actually that of a popular drinking song called “Anacrean in Heaven.” Anacrean was a Greek poet who was revered as a bard of wine, love, song and revelry. Key’s ditty didn’t become the official national anthem of the United States until 117 years after he wrote the words for it.
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The more educated people are, the more likely they are to drink alcohol.
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Benjamin Franklin compiled a list of more than 200 synonyms for “drunk,” including “cherry-merry,” “nimptopsical” and “soaked.”

The collecting of beer mats (coasters) is called tegestology.

According to one report, 59 percent of all American males and 37 percent of American females are beer drinkers.

Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (instituting Prohibition).

Gambrinous is an obscure word meaning “being full of beer.”

The more educated people are, the more likely they are to drink alcohol.

Franklin Pierce Adams, American journalist, poet and humorist, was the first to coin the phrase “wine, women, and song.”

The largest bottle size of wine is called a Nebuchadnezzar. It holds about four gallons, or 20 regular bottles worth, of wine.


42 posted on 07/20/2012 8:58:13 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

If I remember correctly the Munich Yeast was a powder. I ordered it from a New York distributor. Also a type of sugar for beer brewing. Store bought regular sugar won’t do.

I have been a long type premium beer lover as well as many microbrewery beer sampler. I am fortunate to live in Central Texas where there are many microbreweries and small companies.

Thanks for adding me to your ping list!


43 posted on 07/20/2012 9:11:48 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (We have met the enemy and they is us! After all, who voted Obama in?)
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To: OCCASparky

I don’t bother to rinse my bottles after a Star-San rinse. I do try my best not to make the Star-San foam up and bubble like it wants to do. I use the racks in my dish washer to drain the bottles upside down after a Star-San rinse. Not all the bubbles will drain out and I just don’t worry about a small film of a few bubbles in a bottle when bottling.

I do my bottle washing the night before bottling day and leave them in the dishwasher over night.

I have been told that washing the bottles in the dish washer (using the heated dry cycle) is enough to sanitize them. I do this and just to be sure use the Star-San as a final measure.


44 posted on 07/20/2012 9:13:20 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Mechanicos

All good info, Thanks!


45 posted on 07/20/2012 9:18:07 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

That special sugar was corn sugar. Regular Cane sugar lends a taste to the beer described as “cidery”. Although corn sugar can do the same if used in excess. These sugars are usually used at bottling time and help to carbonate the beer in the bottle. Other sugars can be used also - Light and Dark Brown sugars, molasses or maple syrup and honey can be used in the boiling phase to add flavors. A clean sugar like corn sugar is usually used at bottling time for the carbonation phase.

If you brew again try one of the liquid yeasts. This time of year you should request cold shipping for a liquid yeast and it only adds a few cents, less than a dollar in most cases.


46 posted on 07/20/2012 9:50:38 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Thank You!


47 posted on 07/20/2012 10:07:16 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: OCCASparky

I have a couple of PET, brown plastic bottles, I use with each bottling. You can feel them and tell when they have carbonated and assume the rest are at the same carbonation level. If those plastic bottles are rock hard then they are carbed enough - although they may not be aged enough. I try one and if it is ready and tasty I am happy!


48 posted on 07/20/2012 10:39:39 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I have been told that washing the bottles in the dish washer (using the heated dry cycle) is enough to sanitize them. I do this and just to be sure use the Star-San as a final measure.

When doing my research, I read somewhere that while using a dishwasher to sanitize can be done, there are possible problems:

1- Dishwashers will not wash the bottle insides. The bottle opening is just too small.

2- If there is any Jet-Dry present it will totally kill the foam head.

49 posted on 07/20/2012 11:16:36 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I read it somewhere but can’t find it now. It seems the Puritans also had a law that you could not drink more then a half gallon of beer before breakfast...


50 posted on 07/21/2012 7:12:03 AM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Petruchio

Thanks for that info.

The makers of Jet Dry suggest using a 50/50 mixture of distilled vinegar and water to soak the Jet Dry treated glasses to remove the surfactant coating.


51 posted on 07/21/2012 9:11:42 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Twotone

Beautiful color!

One of the best brews I ever did was a Blackberry Dunkel-Weizen made with blackberries found on my fencelines. It was pretty rough early on, but after some laagering it smoothed out into a big, creamy thing with rich fruit flavors. It was brewed in late April and was done laagering in October.

Cheers!


52 posted on 07/21/2012 11:47:56 AM PDT by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I have been told that washing the bottles in the dish washer (using the heated dry cycle) is enough to sanitize them.

My final sanitize after conventional washing, rinsing with a bottle washer attached to the kitchen sink faucet and then draining upside down for about 10 minutes was to stack the bottles in the oven (three racks, dang near completely full) and set for 230.

Bake for 30 minutes after it reaches 230, switch off the oven, let it cool for about one hour before opening the door.

Never had a problem.

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53 posted on 07/21/2012 12:48:40 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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