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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #6 July 6, 2012
Free Republic | 7-6-2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 07/06/2012 3:29:43 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 Homebrew!

 

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Airlock

I trust y’all had a great 4th of July. This morning I bottled the Copper Ale that I brewed on June 7th. It was bottled after two weeks in the primary and two weeks plus a few days in the secondary. I am still enjoying the Honey Ale I bottled on June 20th. This ale has matured nicely over time and has a wonderful aroma and taste. The carbonation has come along nicely and develops a beautiful white long lasting head in my Mason jar mug. I need to brew up another batch of beer soon to keep my homebrews flowing because they are just so tasty and I created and enjoy them right at home!

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

1 posted on 07/06/2012 3:29:54 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Hope y’all enjoy.


2 posted on 07/06/2012 3:31:37 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

Holding off until cooler weather and I’ve got a few lager kits to go into fall stocking-up mode with.


3 posted on 07/06/2012 3:38:59 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Yeah this heat has me holding back on brewing also.


4 posted on 07/06/2012 3:48:01 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

Making plans to brew, but got a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin for gin and tonics. It’s hit 104 here in good old Indiana the last several days.

I did pick up a 12 pack of the Sam Adams Summer beers for drop-in guests.


5 posted on 07/06/2012 3:48:58 PM PDT by brewer1516
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To: Red_Devil 232; AT7Saluki

Made beer back in the day. The best stuff EVER - substitute sugar with honey. Not ONE complaint. Most non-beer drinkers who tried it requested more.


6 posted on 07/06/2012 3:57:24 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Bought a gallon of apple juice for the kids to enjoy on the 4th.
And for me to use its glass jug for brewing when it’s empty.
Drink up kids, dad has plans!


7 posted on 07/06/2012 4:00:36 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Red_Devil 232

In my free time I am continuing to research what it will take to partake in this hobby. Yesterday I was researching bottles. This led to a session of Petruchio’s Patented Monkey Math . . .

The best price locally was $12.95 for a case of 24 - 12 oz. amber bottles. Or $0.54 each.

At my local Booze-R-us, a 12 pack of Sam Adams was $10. Or $0.83 each.

Remove the cost of the bottles from both sides of the equation and I find I can drink Sam Adams Summer Ale for $0.29 each. [grin]

So, here I sit, avoiding the 100+ temps outside, drinking my 29 cent Sam Adams beers while I contemplate more important issues like the origins of bellybutton lint.

Once I have a stockpile of bottles, I will be one step closer to the goal.


8 posted on 07/06/2012 4:03:41 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

We bought some Espiral Vinho Verde wine at Trader Joe’s today for $4.99/bottle, and it is definitely worth more than we paid. Very refreshing in the 100-degree weather we’re having here in Kentucky.

I also dropped by the Beer Trappe and picked up some Duvel and a bottle of Gale’s Prize Old Ale. Yum!

http://thebeertrappe.com


9 posted on 07/06/2012 4:08:24 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: brewer1516

I used to like Bombay Gin and other spirits but they really do me in. I still get a bottle of Jack Daniels now and then for making BBQ sauces and cooking.


10 posted on 07/06/2012 4:08:45 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: Petruchio

That is the only way to collect bottles! Buy your favorite commercial beer in bottles and save them. All you will need are new caps and a capping tool.


11 posted on 07/06/2012 4:16:29 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

Living on SS, if I am going to do this, it’s gonna hafta be on the cheap. Move over Jack Benny . . .


12 posted on 07/06/2012 4:21:03 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

RD, there is a very good Austrian red wine called Berger Zweigelt that comes in capped (and recappable) one-liter bottles....perfect for homebrew. I’ve gone through a case of it pretty quickly.....

You can read about it here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/foodday/index.ssf/2009/09/two_austrian_steals_gruner_vel.html


13 posted on 07/06/2012 4:21:59 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

The Beer Trappe looks like a great place. Wish I had something like that near me.


14 posted on 07/06/2012 4:21:59 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

bottled a batch of Olde Scrote the other day... and a batch of Niagra white wine...


15 posted on 07/06/2012 4:24:22 PM PDT by g'nad (guns don't kill people... I kill people...)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Just bought a book on making root beer... :) (I miss Hosmer Mountain’s ROOT BEER)


16 posted on 07/06/2012 4:25:26 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
The Beer Trappe looks like a great place. Wish I had something like that near me.

It's easy to lose track of time in the Beer Trappe. They now have about 600 different beers in bottles, all excellent stuff.

The craft beer scene in Lexington is exploding. Specialty beer-bars and microbreweries with taprooms are springing up like mushrooms. If you are ever out this way, let me know and I'll be glad to give you a tour.

17 posted on 07/06/2012 4:27:03 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Thanks for that link. Sounds like two delicious wines that need checking out.


18 posted on 07/06/2012 4:29:25 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

Still savoring my first batch, right now, counting on this thread. Bought some Imperial Ale ingredients today but I have to buy a brewing fridge this weekend just to keep it from going over 78F in this weather while it ferments. That’s OK with me, gonna need one anyway when I start brewing lagers.


19 posted on 07/06/2012 4:36:44 PM PDT by kreitzer
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To: ExCTCitizen

I love a good root beer or a cream soda!


20 posted on 07/06/2012 4:37:02 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 the brewing hobby. My last was a Czech Grand Pilsner. Very happy with the result!


21 posted on 07/06/2012 4:40:05 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: kreitzer

Wish I had a fridge I could dedicate to fermenting and aging. I will have to check out the local paper for a used working one and then buy a temp control unit.


22 posted on 07/06/2012 4:43:05 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: ScottinVA

I have been enjoying my brewing hobby. It just takes time letting the brews age properly and sometimes that is hard to do especially when I crack open the very last bottle and find it is so good and no more are left! Just Drats!


23 posted on 07/06/2012 4:50:17 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: Red_Devil 232

Just ordered all the extra stuff I need to make watermelon wine: extra fermenter, Yeast, Yeast supplement etc. Got at least 5 big melons ripening in the garden at the same time....

Going to Brew up another Belgian Ale this weekend.


24 posted on 07/06/2012 4:53:39 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Been homebrewing since 1990. Living on a farm has cut down on my free time and it’s too damn hot here in Texas during the summer. Come fall, it’s my orange, ginger, cinnamon and honey brown ale. It’s great! I like the big 22 oz bottles. They cost more than the little ones I got dumpster diving, but they are worth it. For the folks worried about cost, the equipment lasts forever. I’m using the same fermenters and brew pot I bought back then.


25 posted on 07/06/2012 4:55:56 PM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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To: Red_Devil 232

may I suggest a post with the prior thread links too

thanks


26 posted on 07/06/2012 4:59:26 PM PDT by advertising guy (the White House hasn't had this much leakin since Billy Carter watered the Rose Garden)
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To: Mechanicos

Mmmmmm watermelon wine. My garden is only growing tomatoes this year. I do have a few fig trees back in Mississippi that I would like to try to make a wine or mead with the fruit.


27 posted on 07/06/2012 4:59:31 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 love brewing but really hate cleaning and filling bottles so I recently invested in a couple of recycled soda fountain kegs. They’re just right for a 5 gallon batch and you can clean and sanitize a keg just about as fast as 6 12-ounce bottles. You do need some sort of pressurization system (I use a CO2 tank) and it’s a bit harder to stick it in the fridge, but it’s great to have. As long as you keep pressure on the tank the beer will last a loooong time so you don’t have to drink the entire batch in one weekend.


28 posted on 07/06/2012 5:02:57 PM PDT by jstaff
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To: jstaff

So far kegging is just a dream for me. The funds for my hobby are scarce and I need what funds I have for ingredients. Good luck!


29 posted on 07/06/2012 5:08:20 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

Good luck on the watermelon wine, I admire and envy anyone who can do it. I’ve tried 3 times and failed each time. My wine making friends all told me the problem was that I couldn’t get the fermentation kicked off fast enough and the very delicate juice spoiled before there was enough alcohol to protect it. I do love it, tho, when I can find someone who can make it(hint). That about the only one I have trouble with so I’ll just stick to what I know from now on.


30 posted on 07/06/2012 5:12:58 PM PDT by jstaff
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To: Red_Devil 232

Given the hot weather I’m doing partial mashes indoors. Right now it’s ales, but with a cheap second-hand refrigerator you can manage lagers as well.


31 posted on 07/06/2012 5:40:49 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Petruchio
So, here I sit, avoiding the 100+ temps outside, drinking my 29 cent Sam Adams beers while I contemplate more important issues like the origins of bellybutton lint.

I'm a big fan of the Grolsch-style bottles because they're so easy to work with. A 12-pack of the bottles alone, bought through Midwest, costs just about the same as three four-packs with actual beer in them. So needless to say, I'm doing the same thing as you're doing, and drinking a lot of Grolsch! That is, at least until I've collected about 120 or so bottles. Right now I'm at 80!

32 posted on 07/06/2012 5:44:23 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

I’ve made beer but am now doing wines. Specialties are Jalapeno and Almond-Raisin. The Almond-Raisin has some real kick. Don’t dare to drink to much of the Jalapeno. The next day consequences could be deadly.


33 posted on 07/06/2012 6:01:33 PM PDT by american_ranger
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To: Red_Devil 232

Ha! I know exactly what you`re saying.. the last beer is gone and time to brew more!

I`ve been buying ales from Trader Joes in the decorative bottles with the swing-top caps.. they`ll make for some good fill bottles.


34 posted on 07/06/2012 6:17:57 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Ha! I know exactly what you`re saying.. the last beer is gone and time to brew more!

I`ve been buying ales from Trader Joes in the decorative bottles with the swing-top caps.. they`ll make for some good fill bottles.


35 posted on 07/06/2012 6:19:09 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA

I have skipped a few weeks in starting a new brew and it is frustrating when I run out of a fresh brewed beer that is ready to enjoy!


36 posted on 07/06/2012 6:38:39 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

Same here. 10 PM and 1.5 gin and tonics. I’m done!

Too darn hot on the deck to enjoy, even with the sun down it’s 88 and humid.

Cooler weather coming on Monday. Time to get a homebrew recipe together. Probably a cream ale or a kolsch.


37 posted on 07/06/2012 6:57:11 PM PDT by brewer1516
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To: Red_Devil 232
Had the day off from work today so I decided to rewire a guitar that has been sitting in disrepair for nearly a year.
Of course I left my volt meter at work so when I encountered a problem it was trial and error. Finally figured out it was a bad switch and 10 hours later it sounded so sweet I had to play it for the last 2 hours.

Long day and an even longer one tomorrow, so no time for beer for me tonight.

UFC tomorrow night tho so I will make up for lost thirst!

Airlock is bubbling away in the closet =)

38 posted on 07/06/2012 7:13:17 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: brewer1516

When I was younger I used to love gin and tonics. They do me in now days. One might be nice every so often now days.


39 posted on 07/06/2012 7:22:00 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

Yea my beer guy said check out Craigs list or such for a cheap fridge. Hat tip for starting this thread!


40 posted on 07/06/2012 8:37:41 PM PDT by kreitzer
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To: Petruchio

This here is what you want, mate: http://www.store.homebrew4less.com/images/CB5820.jpg


41 posted on 07/07/2012 3:46:38 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
The problem with Grolsch is that they now bottle in 15.2 oz. bottles. The dirty rotten swine switched from the traditional pint bottles a few years back to make a few more cents on each four pack. A better way is to buy 16 oz. swing-tops and take the hit on the cost. It'll pay you back in extra sips in years to come without having to crack another beer (too many). I find two pints is ideal. Of course, I'm getting to be an old fart and drinking isn't a hobby - just a moderate pleasure before dinner.
42 posted on 07/07/2012 4:13:17 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: ctdonath2

Has anyone ever tried bottling in the two liter soda pop bottles? They re-seal tightly.


43 posted on 07/08/2012 2:12:59 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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