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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #2 June 8,2012
Free Republic | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 06/08/2012 3:28:55 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232

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

Happiness is a bubbling airlock!

 

PORTER ALE

After last weeks positive acceptance of the Homebrewing Thread a few of you decided we needed to go weekly with this thread and I agree. Thanks to all who participated in last weeks thread.

So lets get talking about beer and wine. Last week I bottled a 9.3% Porter and decided to try one yesterday just to see how it was doing. As you might suspect it was nowhere near the carbonation level I was looking for, it needs another week or two or more. But I drank it anyway. It was quite sweet like a malty koolaid. I suspect the sweetness will mellow out and the carbonation will improve after a few more weeks aging in the bottle. After the last few sips were downed I actually needed to take a nap. It is not a session or lawnmower beer for sure!

I brewed up a Copper Ale yesterday morning. OG was 1.080 and it has a beautiful deep copper color like an old copper brew kettle. I also transferred my Honey Ale to a secondary after it had been in the primary for two weeks. So things are moving at a nice pace in order to keep the homebrews flowing around here.

Typically I like to brew the darker beers but the Honey Ale and my next brew, a Liberty Cream Ale, are Light Ales. I hope they turn out to be good brews.

When I don’t have a homebrew ready to drink I have been enjoying some Shiner Bock and a couple of styles of Blue Moon Ales. I tried a Belgian Wheat Ale from Blue Moon, which I did not like at all. Yuck! It is not a beer I like.

Find your favorite commercial beer alcohol (ABV) % level at the link below. There are 728 beers listed. There is a Sam Adams at 17.5% and a molly-whopping 43% Schorsch Bock 43.

Beers and their Alcohol Content


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1 posted on 06/08/2012 3:28:59 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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2 posted on 06/08/2012 3:30:54 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’m getting interested in kegging. I’ve been brewing and bottling my own for about 6 years now but the bottling is really a hassle.

If anybody has any advice or tips on this I would sure be appreciative.

Brew On!


3 posted on 06/08/2012 3:33:44 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Conditioning an Octoberfest brew ready late August. Currently enjoying a great IPA, a fine copper ale, and a Dynamic Pilsner!


4 posted on 06/08/2012 3:34:23 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I have not brewed seriously for a bit-moving from a house to an apt kinda cramps things

I still do small batches of hard cider to use in cooking (Beef Rib Marinade)

I always favored making stouts, Scotch ales and Bocks. And Hefe Weizen-the flavors really come out in home brew


5 posted on 06/08/2012 3:37:23 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Like last week I am having a Nut Brown Ale. Last one. I have a six pack left that I am going to set aside for a few more weeks.


6 posted on 06/08/2012 3:38:12 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: Petruchio

ping


7 posted on 06/08/2012 3:39:14 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 a bohemian-style lager in a secondary right now and am thinking about the next batch in a couple of weeks. Any suggestions? I’d like it to be a nice summer beer - crisp and refreshing, fairly low alcohol (around 4 - 4.5%) and not too bitter, but I like a hoppy taste. I did a pretty successful Witbier a few months ago, with orange and coriander flavoring. Post your recipes, if you have ‘em.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 3:39:21 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Red_Devil 232
They don't have biere d'alsace Fischer listed. Great 'beer', great old-fashioned stopper bottles. I still have a bunch of the bottles that I use.

I've been told by a distributor that I can't get it in the States, anymore.

/johnny

9 posted on 06/08/2012 3:41:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

How is that Copper Ale you have? Was it an extract kit?


10 posted on 06/08/2012 3:42:23 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: Apparatchik

The Liberty Cream Ale I will brew next is described as light bodied and refreshing:

6 lb. Gold liquid malt extract
8 oz. Carapils steeping grains
2 oz. of Cascade pellet hops (use 1oz as bittering hops and 1oz as aroma.
Yeast is SafAle 05


11 posted on 06/08/2012 3:52:55 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

Sorry, should’ve said I am a grain brewer - that recipe looked interesting, so any grain bill that corresponds to the extract recipe?


12 posted on 06/08/2012 3:58:21 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Apparatchik

All grain bill;
7 lbs. Domestic 2-Row Barley, 2 lbs. Flaked Corn, 8 oz. Carapils, 2 oz. of hops


13 posted on 06/08/2012 4:01:46 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

Many thanks - I like the simplicity. I’ll give it a try.


14 posted on 06/08/2012 4:13:56 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Pls add me to your ping list!


15 posted on 06/08/2012 4:17:13 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: unixfox

Midwest seems to have some good prices for kegging systems.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/kegging/kegging-systems.html

You need to take the empty gas bottle to a welding supply place and fill it as it ships empty. BUT you can cut out the 2 weeks in the bottle time and get rid of bottles.

There are FAQa there on kegging and on More Beer

http://morebeer.com/

Of interest to some is that More beer not only has several under 50 cents per beer kits but also has free shipping if over a certain amount,


16 posted on 06/08/2012 4:21:37 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Liberty Cream Ale is a regular for us. We brew it almost every other batch as everybody likes it and its fast/inexpensive.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 4:23:49 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Oratam

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18 posted on 06/08/2012 4:27:51 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

bfl


19 posted on 06/08/2012 4:36:03 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Red_Devil 232

Great ipad app: Homebrew Assistant

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/homebrew-assistant/id509758294?mt=8&ls=1


20 posted on 06/08/2012 4:43:57 PM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: Red_Devil 232

We’ve done wine from kits and last month did our first beer kit. It was ready to bottle about three weeks ago, and things kept happening that prevented bottling. Is it too late? Is it still good? Thanks!


21 posted on 06/08/2012 4:54:33 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please add me to the ping list. My sweetie & I make fruit wines. We’ve even won some ribbons in amateur competitions, until Oregon realized they’d written some really archaic rules into the constitution & banned us from state & county fairs.

Our specialty is blackberry, & we’ve done some unusual wines, like banana. We also made a port once that came out wonderfully. Wish I’d made a bigger batch!


22 posted on 06/08/2012 4:54:56 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: goodwithagun

It is not two late. The longer you bulk condition the beer in the secondary is sometime very beneficial. Bottle it up!


23 posted on 06/08/2012 4:59:45 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

We do a really nice Newcastle style brown ale. Yum! If you have a ping list for this, please add me.

Thanks!


24 posted on 06/08/2012 5:00:57 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Twotone

Ever done a fig wine?


25 posted on 06/08/2012 5:01:39 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: unixfox; Red_Devil 232

No real advice for kegging other than get the 20lb CO2 cylinder and don’t mess with the 5lb one.

Red_Devil 232 please add me to your ping list.

I used to brew lots of beers but my house is kinda small so I usually brew at a friends house.

Me and a friend did about 50 gallons of fruit wines last year. The cherry is my favorite followed by current. We get free fruit from people looking to get fruit cleaned up. Free wine is the best wine.


26 posted on 06/08/2012 5:02:47 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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27 posted on 06/08/2012 5:04:34 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

Very good news indeed! I haven’t had the heart (or stomach) to open that fermenter and see what might be in there! I will text hubby now with this info. I’m putting baby girl down here in a few minutes and after I check on her big brother, I will pop the top off of a Blue Moon. Not homemade, but still one of my all-time faves. If anyone has a kit suggestion that mimics Blue Moon let me know. Cheers!


28 posted on 06/08/2012 5:04:53 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Not too late to bottle, just make sure the airlock doesn’t go dry or you risk contamination.


29 posted on 06/08/2012 5:06:01 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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To: pennyfarmer

Free wine and beer are the best!

You are added


30 posted on 06/08/2012 5:07:17 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: Lurker

Added - The ping list will only grow it is currently at 111.


31 posted on 06/08/2012 5:16:20 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: Red_Devil 232

No, fig is one we haven’t tried yet. Our last unusual one was elderberry - a very small batch, just 12 375mg bottles. A friend passed on the berry juice from trees that were removed a short while later. Rats!

Have you done fig, & how did it turn out?


32 posted on 06/08/2012 5:17:23 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please add me to your ping list. My husband and I make wine. I am having some of our 2009 Chianti.


33 posted on 06/08/2012 5:24:13 PM PDT by vaskypilot
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To: Twotone

I have not made a true wine yet. I have done a mead. the reason I asked about Fig wine is I have three fig trees at my home in Mississippi.


34 posted on 06/08/2012 5:30:49 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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35 posted on 06/08/2012 5:35:16 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

Thanks. Glad to see the list. We have been making wine for about 6 years now. We started with 6 gallons of juice from California. Now we get 30 gallons of juice from California and 6 gallons of juice from Italy.

Our prinipal rule is no French on the labels!


36 posted on 06/08/2012 5:38:27 PM PDT by vaskypilot
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To: Red_Devil 232

I use Mr. Beer, it is called 1776 ale. Yes malt extract! Came out great, love the Pils though. In Europe I once had the original Budwiser, that was great. Loved all the regional brews in Germany. Once had Ganz braw , Goose beer. Lol it was very refreshing. In September 84 sat in the Lowenbraw tent at the Octoberfest and downed some liters, Lol!


37 posted on 06/08/2012 5:43:10 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I’ll have to check our recipe books & see what they say about figs. We’ve been making wine since about 1999 when we bought our current house. It had 3 apple trees, two pears, a cherry, a plum, a grape vine & a big bank of blackberry brambles. They’ve all made pretty good wine, but we finally decided to branch out - to raspberry, strawberry, marionberry, and even some real wine grapes (pinot noir, chardonnay & golden muscat). It’s definitely fun to do. It took us a while to refine our process, but now we most always end up with a good product.


38 posted on 06/08/2012 5:44:34 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: vaskypilot

When I decide to do a wine I will hit you guys up for advice.


39 posted on 06/08/2012 5:44:34 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 this ping list thanks


40 posted on 06/08/2012 5:44:36 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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41 posted on 06/08/2012 5:45:12 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Multitasking. Watching UFC Live on on FX, on my 3rd 14% or better IPA, making tacos for 125 people for kids open house tomorrow, monitoring this thread.

Life is good.

42 posted on 06/08/2012 5:47:24 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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43 posted on 06/08/2012 5:50:24 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: Manic_Episode

Wow tacos for 125 pepole. Do they get to eat more than one? sounds like a chore glad it is not me doing that.


44 posted on 06/08/2012 5:53:59 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: Mechanicos

I will brew mine up next week. From the reviews I have read it is a winner!


45 posted on 06/08/2012 5:55:40 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

One more thing: Could you add me to your ping list? Thanks!


46 posted on 06/08/2012 6:01:16 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Manic_Episode

If I had three of those those tacos would not get made! LOL


47 posted on 06/08/2012 6:02:58 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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48 posted on 06/08/2012 6:05:14 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 the ping list please. Thanks


49 posted on 06/08/2012 6:25:30 PM PDT by KirbDog
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This weekend I'm working on an oatmeal stout, a partial-mash brew with 5 pounds of Maris Otter malt, a pound of roasted barley, a pound of British chocolate, carapils (for head retention), a pound of Quaker oats, and the balance of the malt done up with six pounds of liquid malt extract. Fuggles hops all around. I've done this one all-grain, but I've found that using the partial-mash technique I can confine the entire thing indoors, using my electric stovetop for the boil. I've got a nice 40-quart stainless kettle that will bring five or six gallons to a boil in just about 25 minutes. My mash tun is a 10-gallon Rubbermaid cooler with a stainless-steel toilet supply line, which is ideal for the home brewer who wants to brew fantastic beer easily without turning his house into a commercial brewery!
50 posted on 06/08/2012 6:28:24 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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