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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #7 July 13, 2012
Free Republic | 7/13/2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 07/13/2012 3:28:18 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232

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

Happiness is a bubbling airlock!

 

airlock_5001

Airlock


Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Since the outside air temperatures have moderated somewhat I brewed up an Irish Red Ale this morning. It has an original gravity of 1.045 and is sitting in the primary. I am just waiting for the airlock to start bubbling. I am also waiting for the Copper Ale I bottled last week to carbonate and will try one next week. I still have a few of my Cream Ales to drink now and then.

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.

Mmmmmmm there is nothing like cracking open and drinking a cold fresh Homebrew!


Irish Red Ale

Irish Red Ale


TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: beer; homebrewing; weekly; wine

1 posted on 07/13/2012 3:28:30 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.

Crack one open and join in.


2 posted on 07/13/2012 3:30:17 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
Started another of the George 'beers' this week. The one with ginger was undrinkable and went to the compost pile.

Without the ginger they seem to be a good summer 'beer'.

I did lower the sugar content in it to make it less stupid when posting. ;)

/johnny

3 posted on 07/13/2012 3:32:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Are you bottling or keging?


4 posted on 07/13/2012 3:36:39 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 got a question. When using a wort chiller what do you use to keep from wasting water? I cant drain it in the washing machine as its one of them modern ones that drains instantly when I tried it.

I am considering getting a 2nd coil and immersing it in ice water then letting the same water circulate between the coil in the wort and the one in the ice water.

I’m open to suggestions, advice etc, before I invest in the 2nd coil and pump.


5 posted on 07/13/2012 3:40:25 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I'm not sure if this is an open comment thread, if not sorry for intruding.

My son, a few years back, brewed up a batch of honey mead. He was following a medieval style recipe from what I understand. Anyway, it was very different but actually pretty good tasting.

I have come to appreciate the specialty brews from local micro breweries. I am reminded of eating and drinking once, in Germany in the last century, at a monastery run restaurant that grew, made, and brewed its own food and drink. The dark beer was, as I remember it, awesome. It might be a retrospective foggy memory due to the quantity of beer drunk out of ice cold stoneware mugs, and the ambience of an old stone monks’ hostel great room with fireplaces, log tables, sheepskin covered benches, hams and sausages hanging from wooden rafters, torchlight, &c. Or, the beer might actually have been very good.

Nevertheless, here's to Irish Red.

6 posted on 07/13/2012 3:40:47 PM PDT by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: JRandomFreeper

My pals and I are brewing a SMaSH beer tomorrow... if you don’t know what that is, It is an acronym that stands for Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) beer. We are firing up the pots tomorrow morning at around 9AM.

10 Gallons using the Bravo hop, this time.

WOOHOO! We also have a marinated deer shoulder cooking on a Green Egg, to snack on tomorrow, as well as some stuffed, Grilled Jalapenos...... Brewing beer at my place is indeed a treat! Free beer, free food, I am surprised that I don’t have TONS of Democrats lined up for their free stuff! =)

Klemper


7 posted on 07/13/2012 3:42:36 PM PDT by Klemper
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To: JRandomFreeper

My pals and I are brewing a SMaSH beer tomorrow... if you don’t know what that is, It is an acronym that stands for Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) beer. We are firing up the pots tomorrow morning at around 9AM.

10 Gallons using the Bravo hop, this time.

WOOHOO! We also have a marinated deer shoulder cooking on a Green Egg, to snack on tomorrow, as well as some stuffed, Grilled Jalapenos...... Brewing beer at my place is indeed a treat! Free beer, free food, I am surprised that I don’t have TONS of Democrats lined up for their free stuff! =)

Klemper


8 posted on 07/13/2012 3:42:48 PM PDT by Klemper
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To: Red_Devil 232
2 liter plastic bottles. I've got the fancy glass bottles, but the 2 liter plastic bottles work very well and are much cheaper to throw away.

I wound up drinking the original George recipe from the fermenter, because it was nicely carbonated for the first few days. And very good (without the ginger)

That's when I almost got banned from FR. ;)

/johnny

9 posted on 07/13/2012 3:44:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Klemper
Meat grilling, beer brewing, veggies out of the garden, and a cold beer to wash it down.

God truly loves us, and wants us to be happy.

/johnny

10 posted on 07/13/2012 3:47:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Klemper

Yum! Sounds like a good time will be had at your place tomorrow!


11 posted on 07/13/2012 3:51:42 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: hfr
Open thread. Post what you got. ;)

I've been experimenting with some recipes from the mid 1700s, that's what the George beer is all about.

It's different. Sort of a cidery taste to it, but I like cider, so that's ok.

Those monks had it made. You should taste some of their cheeses, like Port Salut. Mmmmm.

/johnny

12 posted on 07/13/2012 3:52:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: hfr

Thanks for the post.


13 posted on 07/13/2012 3:52:48 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: JRandomFreeper

I use at least one plastic bottle during bottling, mainly because I can tell when they get carbonated!


14 posted on 07/13/2012 3:56:04 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: JRandomFreeper
As I remember it, those monks raised the chicken and beef, baked the bread, grew the vegetables, and brewed the beer, and if I'm not mistaken, fermented their own wine as well. It was up in Fulda.
15 posted on 07/13/2012 3:56:37 PM PDT by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: Mechanicos

Water your garden with it.


16 posted on 07/13/2012 4:05:30 PM PDT by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: hfr
Yep. Also coffins.

Those guys were good from birth to death, whatever you needed. They also don't talk a lot.

I would fit in well, depending on how they viewed posting on FR. ;)

/johnny

17 posted on 07/13/2012 4:09:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Running On Empty

marking


18 posted on 07/13/2012 4:17:37 PM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Klemper
I am surprised that I don’t have TONS of Democrats lined up for their free stuff!

Maybe it's where you live. I can go weeks, sometimes months, without seeing a liberal. A couple months ago one stopped in the store next door. She made some crack and the owner said she sounded like a democrat. She admitted she was and he told her, "Maybe we don't want to do business with you." She got all flustered and stomped out of the store. Problem solved. Everybody got a good chuckle.

Back to the topic at hand... We sell some beer and wine making supplies. I've located several sources for demijohns of approximately 15, 7.5 and 3.5 gallons. These are both the ball shaped and a rounded cylinder, not at all like the typical 23L carboys. Green, blue, and clear, some with original wicker baskets - they are all "antiques" imported from all over Europe. Problem is that they are sold to the decorator trade where cost is no object and I can't see DIY beer and wine people paying the cost. So, anyone have a wholesale source out there?

19 posted on 07/13/2012 4:23:01 PM PDT by kitchen (Over gunned is better than the alternative.)
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To: Mechanicos
I got a question. When using a wort chiller what do you use to keep from wasting water? I cant drain it in the washing machine as its one of them modern ones that drains instantly when I tried it.

I am considering getting a 2nd coil and immersing it in ice water then letting the same water circulate between the coil in the wort and the one in the ice water.

The water in the wort chiller is never in direct contact with the wart. So, what I am planning on doing is getting a small submersible fountain pump, ($20 at Lowes) connecting it to the chiller, put the pump in the bottom of a cooler, fill it with ice & water, then turn on the pump. The ice water will circulate thru the cooler coils then back to the cooler to be cooled again by the ice layer.

At least I think it will work.

20 posted on 07/13/2012 4:27:37 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio
That is a real good idea, I was thinking of going all grain and buying a couple coolers any way so all I really need is a pump and ice :)
21 posted on 07/13/2012 6:15:55 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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