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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #10 August 3, 2012
Free Republic | 8/03/2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 08/03/2012 3:37:07 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. I have had to donate my funds used to buy my ingredients to brew a beer this week to repair the AC in my wife’s car. Got to keep her happy in this 100-degree weather in NW Texas. So no brewing this week for me. She does not like beer at all but likes a nice wine every now and then. She also is a very big fan of Black Cherries. I was thinking about making a Cherry wine or soda for her to have while I enjoy one of my beers. Anybody have recommendations on a good soda/wine recipe using Black Cherries?

We are having some Jack grilled Daniel’s Honey Teriyaki marinated chicken with grilled zucchini tonight. I will have a homemade Porter with mine. Wife will have sweet tea.

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 08/03/2012 3:37:24 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

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2 posted on 08/03/2012 3:38:31 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

Not homemade, but I’m enjoying a nice Whitehaven (New Zealand) Pinot Noir right at the moment. Very good value for $18, drinks like a much more expensive Pinot. :<)

By the way, I tried Sierra Nevada’s new Hoptimum at The Beer Trappe yesterday; very good, worth a taste if it’s available in your area.


3 posted on 08/03/2012 3:47:20 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yeah make your own beer/wine and grow your own tobacco..
You know... as an ornamental plant... (sniff!)...


4 posted on 08/03/2012 3:52:25 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Mmmm! It’s a hot afternoon and perfect for a cold Pils!


5 posted on 08/03/2012 3:53:11 PM PDT by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
p.s. Just got back from Wiltshire in Britain. We visited Stonehenge, Avebury, West Kennett Long Barrow, Glastonbury, and LOTS of country pubs. I liked the cider even better than the beer.....many brands available, including small local makers. It's worth a trip back just to drink the cider.

The best beer I had there was Palmer's Best Bitter...which I hadn't heard of before. Wadworth had the lion's share of the local market, but Palmer's was much better!


6 posted on 08/03/2012 3:55:41 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
The Mustang grapes here are bare this year. Crop is sparse to say the least. I was hoping to pick several gallons and make wine again this year.
7 posted on 08/03/2012 4:08:19 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I am growing 8 varieties of Hops this year.

I did not purchase hops rhizomes but instead got plants early this year with fully formed roots.

Highly highly recommend Great Lake Hops for the purchase.

As of now......I have lots and lots of hop cones forming on the plants and they are growing crazy. This is the FIRST year of the plants.

I got them from their Ebay store but also found their Facebook site.

https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesHops


8 posted on 08/03/2012 4:17:08 PM PDT by Jayster
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This is the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Beer...According 2 Gunny G !!!!!

http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/95194/

Semper Beer !!!!!
*****


9 posted on 08/03/2012 4:21:16 PM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Arrowhead1952; JustaDumbBlonde

Are the Mustang grapes the same as Muscadine grapes? JustaDumbBlonde from the gardening thread says she has a bumper crop of Musdadines and plans on making a Mead with them. She has gallons and gallons of honey! Any advice for her?


10 posted on 08/03/2012 4:48:07 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: hosepipe

Heh-heh!


11 posted on 08/03/2012 4:48:22 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Jayster

I thought hops were a Northern cool weather crop. Can they be grown anywhere?


12 posted on 08/03/2012 4:53:20 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: Renfield

Brit cider is great! I had some of the “imported” cider when I was in Garmisch, Germany, and it’s still memorable.


13 posted on 08/03/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

This is a great website for home brewing and wine making supplies. Everything from grains to hops. I’m lucky enough to be within driving distance.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/


14 posted on 08/03/2012 5:01:43 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Renfield

I was so young (17 in 1964) when I visited England I was not able to appreciate their Beers or the countryside. Only three days there on the second leg of an around the world trip.


15 posted on 08/03/2012 5:14:29 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: unixfox

I was just on that site today. What do you recommend from them for a extract brewer?


16 posted on 08/03/2012 5:17:45 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

a few years ago I was considering growing hops at home (central Fla) and so I did!

I had been advised that hops wouldn’t grow in Fla—maybe not a good idea commercially, but I planted few rhizomes in March and the bines were about 15’ tall by end of July/1st August, and growing.

That was the year of the hop shortage/skyhigh prices...

Did well for homebrewing purposes a few years, eventually lost them all one hot,non-rainy summer for lack of an irrigation system while away for a few weeks.

Sandy soil, good drainage, needs constant water/fertilizer though here.

Me, sometimes, extract/steep grains brewer...

Don’t believe all the homebrewer bs—more dos and donts than a dog has fleas—boil the hops; NOT the extract malt—see steve bader instructions online...

Semper Brewing!
*****


17 posted on 08/03/2012 5:32:36 PM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I am growing hops for a friend of my son’s who makes beer. They are in their third year and seem to be doing just fine here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, zone 7A.


18 posted on 08/03/2012 5:42:22 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Can anyone give me advice. I am considering making banana beer. (Not banana bread beer. I have seen that reference during a search. Sounds bad.)


19 posted on 08/03/2012 5:45:53 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“I thought hops were a Northern cool weather crop. Can they be grown anywhere?”

They can grow most anywhere but some varieties do better in certain climates.

Good soil, good drainage and good watering is the key from everything that I have read.

This is my first year growing in the Sacramento/El Dorado Hills area and it is hot here and they are thriving.

They also can be grown as decorative vines and smell great.

Additionally they are perennial and come back every year and you can pull some roots out of mature plants and grow more and more and give to friends.

The roots can go crazy.


20 posted on 08/03/2012 5:48:24 PM PDT by Jayster
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