Skip to comments.Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #14 September 21, 2012
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
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.
Pinging the list
Good luck with the hard cider. I’m about 2 1/2 weeks in on my first batch of homemade wine.
Yuck Mead!!! Try the batch of Brandiwine I am making with an AAC of 17% Ale rules!!!
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.
Did you mean Barleywine?
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.
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.
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
Excellent choice - beer yeast rules!
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!
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.
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.
That is my dream - a kegging system.
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!
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!
I’m making my third batch of mead right now. I used some of our Spring honey which is very light and fruity. We made a batch with it last year that was very good, but had too much acid tang in the end. This time we added some Dark French Oak chips for three days in the secondary and then racked it off to another carboy. I think it is going to be a lot smoother this time. It looks like it’s going to have to sit for awhile to let the yeast settle out before we bottle it. The coolest thing was when the oak chips were in the carboy you could see the currents that the fermenting yeast cause to circulate from the top to the bottom.
My wife got me a eight gallon kettle for my birthday and so we brewed out first porter this summer. I’ve been worried since bottling it that it was still kind of flat after three weeks, but it looks like it was just taking longer. We tried a couple of bottles last night (4 1/2 weeks) and it was much better. I’m still trying to decide what to brew next, a chocolate stout or a braggot (beer with honey).
Wow, how do you do that? I've got tons (to many by far) wild blackberries growing around here. It's been a bumper year for them. How much blackberry do you use? What kind of yeast?
I have had at least one problem with a porter not wanting to carbonate. I have no idea why but after 8 weeks it was still flat. My guess is I left it in the secondary to long and there were not enough viable yeast left to do the carbonation - still not convinced that was the cause.
Last week I gave each bottle a swirl to try to reactivate the yeast. The recipe I followed allowed for 3 weeks to carbonate after bottling, but I read that some beers take a lot longer than that. I was worried that the iodine solution that I used to sterilize the bottles might have been too strong or did not dry out enough. Now I think that I just need to be more patient. I’m thinking that might be the ultimate skill to learn when home brewing.
8 weeks and still flat? What did you use for priming? Were you able to fix it?
I’m sitting here in the shop looking at 20 gallons I brewed last weekend. 10 of Octoberfest and 10 of hoppy pale ale using homegrown hops.
I played hookey from work today and spent the afternoon installing the pumps and doing the wiring on the brew stand. I now have a 2 pump system and am itching to use it. All I need is 5/8 hose which I have to mail order! Grrrrrrr
I’m prepping for lager/Pilsener season. I am going to be a brewing machine this winter.
I just finished bottling a batch of Belgian abbey-style dubbel. I used Grand Marnier and cherry chips soaked in Amontillado for two weeks; ABV is 9 percent. I cracked a bottle of an earlier batch last week, and the stuff is really potent, as well as being exceptionally good-tasting with the crystal malt and all the little “hint” flavors. Not the kind of thing for everyday use, but for those special occasions it should hit the spot.
I had that problem too, with my last batch of stout. In my case, however, I added dry yeast before bottling, and still the carbonation is very poor, after several months.
You have been added.
Brewing a smashing pumpkin ale tomorrow. Started in on my Moose Drool clone, beer you make sure goes down smooth... ;-) makes it hard to wait on the next batch!
I saw this and thought that I would post it on here:
My recipe used 18 pounds of crushed blackberries, 12 pounds of sugar total, two crushed campden tablets, and I forget the kind of yeast except it is a regular wine yeast and it took two packets. This is for a five gallon recipe. I am told blackberries have a lot of natural yeast but because the sources of the starter are questionable (animal urine for example) it is best to use the campden tablets to purify. Here is the site for the recipe I used. http://www.familyherbalremedies.com/blackberry_wine_recipe.html
We are making wine from Muscadine grapes growing wild on our property. It will be ready to decant on Oct. 3.
Interestingly enough, after I read Fr. Z’s post on the Blessing of Grapes for the Feast of the Transfiguration (Aug.6),
I went out and checked our grapes and they were ready to be picked! (Of course, this is Texas, so YMMV.) This is the first time we have tried this, so we are anxious to see how it does. It sure smelled good - like port - the first week while we were stirring it!
Thank you for the information and the link. I bet 18 lbs. of blackberries takes awhile to pick. I’m not sure that I can get that many this late in the year, although we’ve picked a bunch this year. Something to try in the future for sure.