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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.


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1 posted on 07/20/2012 5:15:37 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: Red_Devil 232; All

Add me to the HomeBrew ping list


2 posted on 07/20/2012 5:16:43 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

List Ping


3 posted on 07/20/2012 5:16:43 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: tsowellfan

You are added.


4 posted on 07/20/2012 5:21:37 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

Winemaker for 10 years....I’ll join.


5 posted on 07/20/2012 5:25:17 PM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Victor

Added


6 posted on 07/20/2012 5:31:48 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
For the weekend!


7 posted on 07/20/2012 5:32:19 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
We spent part of our afternoon catching up on some racking... Racking Raspberry, Blueberry & Strawberry - all seem to be coming along fine.
8 posted on 07/20/2012 5:35:03 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I won’t be brewing, Red, but some of your information is good. Pleas put me on your brewing list. Thanx.


9 posted on 07/20/2012 5:37:20 PM PDT by tillacum
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To: tillacum

Added. Glad to have you stop by now and then.


10 posted on 07/20/2012 5:47:09 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

Please add me too. I’ve been aiming to try homebrewing beer and ale, can you recommend a starter kit?


11 posted on 07/20/2012 5:48:59 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Twotone

Looking Good! I would love a taste of that Blueberry. Fresh or frozen fruit?


12 posted on 07/20/2012 5:49:32 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

please add me too.


13 posted on 07/20/2012 5:54:18 PM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: bigbob

You are added. Try looking at the MoreBeer web site for their starter kits. They ship for free and some of the kits can be heavy.

http://morebeer.com/search/102142/beerwinecoffee/coffeewinebeer/Personal_Home_Brewery_Equipment_Kits


14 posted on 07/20/2012 5:54:46 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

Frozen. We were told that freezing helps to break down the cellular wall, so juice flows more freely. And it makes it easier when we’re picking fruit over time. We have a great big blackberry bramble on the edge of our property. I start picking mid to late August & get about 5 lbs every two days. They all go into the freezer, & when we have 40 lbs or so, we start a batch.


15 posted on 07/20/2012 5:56:35 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: wafflehouse

You are added.


16 posted on 07/20/2012 5:58:24 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

Please add me to the ping list too.

I brew infrequently (I really despise bottling).

Thanks!


17 posted on 07/20/2012 6:11:44 PM PDT by bluetick (If you're going to err, err on the side of liberty.)
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To: Twotone

Yep freezing the fruit does help. Did the same thing with cranberries in my cranberry Mead. It is nice you can pick blueberries fresh off your own (bush/tree?).


18 posted on 07/20/2012 6:11:50 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: bluetick

Added. Yep, bottling is not fun. But the results a few weeks later is!


19 posted on 07/20/2012 6:13:59 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

Add me to your ping list, too!

I brewed beer with Munich yeast and it turned out pretty good!
Now that was long ago! I’m ready to try it again!


20 posted on 07/20/2012 6:16:13 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: Red_Devil 232
Just finishing up a batch of Raspberry Wheat--started off with a Witbier, and when transferring from the primary to secondary fermenter, added a can of raspberry puree to the wort.

Came out less tart than Harpoon UFO Raspberry Wheat and a LOT less sweet than Shock Top Raspberry. Easy drinking, good for a warm summer day, figured about 5.2% ABV.

Next batch will be an Amber Ale, and after that I'm going to brew another batch of Oatmeal Stout.
21 posted on 07/20/2012 6:23:11 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please also add me to your pinglist.


22 posted on 07/20/2012 6:25:11 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: bigbob
I got a kit from Brewer's Best as a gift last Christmas. I added the secondary fermenter, a thermometer, wort chiller, and a little nicer siphon for not much extra money. They also do "kits" of beer complete with grains, LME, hops, yeast, priming sugar, and enough bottle caps to do a 5-gallon batch with very easy to understand and follow instructions.

However, I'd recommend when you get sanitizer, there's a liquid sanitizer called STAR that is very effective--1/2 an ounce will be enough to sanitize all your equipment and bottles each time you make wort, transfer, or bottle your beer.

www.brewersbestkits.com

And correction to last--I used Weizenbier, not Witbier. Slight difference.
23 posted on 07/20/2012 6:35:43 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

At 0750 on an 86 degree/95% humidity Saturday morning....a beer would be good.


24 posted on 07/20/2012 6:36:53 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

You have been added. Was the Munich yeast a liquid yeast?


25 posted on 07/20/2012 6:38:08 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

just getting into this wonderful hobby of home brewing, please add me to your list.


26 posted on 07/20/2012 6:48:22 PM PDT by wyowolf
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To: logitech

HomeBrew PING! Mr. Beer is calling, Honey! :-)


27 posted on 07/20/2012 6:54:02 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: OCCASparky

Added.


28 posted on 07/20/2012 7:00:41 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: OCCASparky

I like the Star San also. Do not fear the foam!


29 posted on 07/20/2012 7:03:47 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: wyowolf

Added. Yep, I do like a very fresh tasty cold homebrew!


30 posted on 07/20/2012 7:07:22 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

Helluva day. Drinking home brewed sav blanc from a kit. I might kill the whole bottle tonight!


31 posted on 07/20/2012 7:08:27 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Mr. Red Devil, please add me and my husband, logitech, to your HomeBrew ping list! Thanks! :-)


32 posted on 07/20/2012 7:08:55 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: WXRGina; logitech

Y’all have been added!


33 posted on 07/20/2012 7:13:22 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: goodwithagun

Yum. Sounds good! Don’t go out driving around.


34 posted on 07/20/2012 7:18:22 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: goodwithagun

I am having one of my last Honey Ales. I only have six left! They are so good! I started them last month and bottled on June 20. Yum!


35 posted on 07/20/2012 7:31:59 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: Tainan

What is for breakfast? Beer!


36 posted on 07/20/2012 7:42:06 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

The Honey ales are good. Only problem is they don’t last long....

Remember the lager I had to pull out of the lager fridge awhile back because I needed the refrigerator? To try and save the ferment we stuck the bucket over a floor AC vent with a heavy blanket over it until ready to bottle. It worked! Popped the first bottle yesterday and its like there was no problem with temp.


37 posted on 07/20/2012 7:57:12 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Lol both the kids in bed so that isn’t happening! I love them more than words can express, but some days I just want to walk out the door and not come back for a few days! We’ve had rain for three days and my kids are constant movers. My son hasn’t taken a regular nap since he was 16 months. They both sleep 8-8, but not being able to go outside and burn off energy officially got to them today. It got to me also.


38 posted on 07/20/2012 7:58:02 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

One question regarding the StarSan, however...when I wash and sanitize the bottles prior to bottling, I know it says not to rinse them, but I’d rather not have as much foam and I do a SMALL rinse with them. I’ve had no problems with contamination but am I taking an unnecessary risk? Or is there something I can to (like drain the bottles upside down) to minimize the amount of foam in the bottles prior to putting beer into them?


39 posted on 07/20/2012 8:17:20 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: Mechanicos
Popped the first bottle yesterday and its like there was no problem with temp.

And lagers make me wish I had kept my little dorm-style fridge from back in the day. Would be perfect for a 5-gallon bucket or PET. I do my brewing, transfers, and bottling in the kitchen, and the fermenting and bottles age in the basement. Now during the summer it's no problem keeping the basement at 68 degrees, but during winter/spring it gets a bit chilly down there (like 58-60.) How much time should I add to allow for proper carbonation if a "normal" time is 10-14 days?
40 posted on 07/20/2012 8:21:47 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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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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