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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #14 September 21, 2012
Free Republic | 9-21-2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 09/21/2012 4:46:28 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232

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

Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew

 

BEER


Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I am sipping on a small glass of Cranberry Mead I made at the end of last November. I bottled it using 32 oz Grolsch-style swing cap bottles around the middle of May. Tastes pretty darn good. I will wait until the end of Nov. for the grand uncorking. ABV is at 13% .

Have ordered an Irish Stout kit for my next brewing project.

I decided to make a gallon of Hard Cider using a frozen concentrate. Will see how it turns out.

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; weekly; wine
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1 posted on 09/21/2012 4:46:35 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Pinging the list


2 posted on 09/21/2012 4:47:37 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

Good luck with the hard cider. I’m about 2 1/2 weeks in on my first batch of homemade wine.


3 posted on 09/21/2012 4:53:41 PM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Red_Devil 232
Getting ready to bottle the last batch of my 'summer brew'. Don't know what I'll start next. I want something that will be ready by Christmas, and robust enough for pairing with some heavy foods.

/johnny

4 posted on 09/21/2012 4:56:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yuck Mead!!! Try the batch of Brandiwine I am making with an AAC of 17% Ale rules!!!


5 posted on 09/21/2012 4:57:06 PM PDT by Ab Alius Domitor ("In the end; the winner")
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To: Red_Devil 232

Evening folks! I’m still at work for another hour but have some cold ones waiting for me at home. Haven’t brewed a batch for a few months but getting the bug. Been drinking Widmer Brothers IPA with grapefruit peel which has been on sale for 10.99 a 12. Fantastic beer at a fantastic price.


6 posted on 09/21/2012 5:03:47 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Dough, the stuff that buys my beer
Ray, the guy who sells me beer
Me, the guy who drinks the beer
Far, long way to run for beer
So, I'll have another beer
La, I'll have another beer
Tea, No thanks I'm having beer
Which brings us back to
Doh, Doh, Doh, Doh

WooHoo!
7 posted on 09/21/2012 5:06:23 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Ab Alius Domitor

Did you mean Barleywine?


8 posted on 09/21/2012 5:08:04 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

Cranberry mead sounds quite interesting. I enjoy mead, though I never quite got around to brewing a batch myself. I remember reading a recipe for a dry, sparkling gingered mead years ago that sounded outstanding. Always wanted to give that a whirl.

I’ve had pretty good luck with the stouts I’ve made over the years, though they’ve been more like rich porters than Irish stout. I just never could get that dry, coffee-like bite that Guinness has.


9 posted on 09/21/2012 5:22:51 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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I have more success brewing stouts than any other beer style. They always seem to turn out to be good. This mead I made was my first try and it has been a long wait. Mead is very easy to make but the wait is sooooo long.


10 posted on 09/21/2012 5:36:33 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

My son, who studies genetics for his Ph.d, is working on breeding/creating yeast...for superior beer brewing. I always told him to follow what he enjoys in life for work...he’s a beer brewing guy, it turns out.

Who would have guessed he’d end up combining genetics - an interest in science - with beer brewing. LOL


11 posted on 09/21/2012 5:46:45 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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Excellent choice - beer yeast rules!


12 posted on 09/21/2012 5:50:49 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

ping


13 posted on 09/21/2012 6:06:27 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Made hard cider in the 10th grade, in my dorm room closet. Filtered it through a sweatsock. We all got blitzed, but had the runs for the next two days. Decided it wasn’t worth doing again!


14 posted on 09/21/2012 6:09:00 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Potential new source of Malt:
Malting facility will open in Washington, to the joy of Northwest beer brewers
15 posted on 09/21/2012 6:27:35 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

RD, I’d like to be added to the list.

I have a altbier in primary right now. Well, close to it. My local brew supply store was out of the German Ale Yeast I wanted to use, so I went with Bavarian Lager yeast.

And I am kinda kicking myself, because I just realized this weekend that my beer fridge in the garage is about 52 degrees Fahrenheit on its warmest setting. Which means I could have been brewing lagers for years to go with my reliable ale recipes.


16 posted on 09/21/2012 6:34:35 PM PDT by Yudan (Living comes much easier once we admit we're dying.)
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To: Rio

I should say that my brewing enjoyment has increased dramatically since I gave up bottling (for the most part) and started kegging my beer. SO much simpler. Carbonated in a week via CO2. No bottles to wash or store. Beer on tap every evening.


17 posted on 09/21/2012 6:50:36 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: Rio

That is my dream - a kegging system.


18 posted on 09/21/2012 6:55:53 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

A keg system is one of the best beer investments I ever made. I also converted an old freezer into a kegerator (Keezer) with a temperature controller. That way I can make lagers, even in the summer.

There’s a great satisfaction in pulling a pint of your own beer from your own keg!


19 posted on 09/21/2012 7:31:00 PM PDT by brewer1516
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To: Red_Devil 232

I completed my first ever 5 gallon batch of blackberry wine with fresh berries from my garden. I started the process in early July with 18 pounds of fresh blackberries. I don’t know if it was beginners luck. but people who have sampled my wine have really had praise. Not dry. Not too sweet.

And it is pretty potent. Cheers!


20 posted on 09/21/2012 7:49:25 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 ("When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson)
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