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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #18 October 19, 2012
10/19/2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 10/19/2012 4:47:42 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

 

BEER


Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I brewed up an Irish Stout this past week using a extract kit I had ordered a few weeks ago. It has an Original Gravity (O.G.) of 1.065 and is bubbling the airlock nicely. Yep, I am back to brewing an Ale after a side trip into making a couple of Hard Apple Ciders. I will continue my Hard Cider Brewing as long as I can get the fresh squeezed Mussleman’s Cider I have been using.

I popped the swing top on one of my Grolsch-style swing-cap bottles of Cranberry Mead a couple of days ago and got a big surprise … Wow! It blew like I was uncorking a bottle of Champagne. Spewed all over before I could get the cap back on. I bottled it as sparkling Mead and it sure is! It is a nice tasting bubbly.

Last night I popped the top on the first Hard Cider that I bottled a few weeks ago. Nice carbonation and it has a beautiful very, very clear light yellow color (a #2 on the Lovibond scale).

My wife had helped me make and bottle it, and said, “Oh my, it tastes like a wine, this was way too easy to make.” Yep, and it turned out good! This is the one I made with the frozen apple juice concentrate. It was inexpensive and turned out to be very tasty. It was easy to make and quick from the ferment stage to popping a top and drinking. Not bad for 7.8% ABV - Can’t beat that combination. I think the carbonation makes the hard cider much better. Drink it cold, cold.

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
I am having a ice cold mug of Hard Apple Cider during this thread tonight.
1 posted on 10/19/2012 4:47:51 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Ping to the homebrewing wine making list


2 posted on 10/19/2012 4:49:30 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 waiting to start bottling some wines. The plum wines turned out a bit hazy so we are going to put some fining in them to try to clear them.

I hope to get a big ratchet fruit press for next year. My partner and I are going to go in on it since we ferment the equivalent of $1000+ of wine every year. (if you average $5 a bottle.) We are producing wine at less than $1 a bottle. Nice for the po folk we are. :)


3 posted on 10/19/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Romney is a cresent wrench when you need a hammer. Sure it might work, but do you want to chance it?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Not home brew but very nice limited qty microbrew.
Had on the other week. Yummo!

http://www.rahrbrewing.com/our-beers/seasonal-beers/oktoberfest.html


4 posted on 10/19/2012 4:56:00 PM PDT by mylife (If Obama is all "bound up" maybe he needs some Mittamucil)
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To: mylife

Looks mighty tasty!


5 posted on 10/19/2012 5:00:54 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

It was darn fine in a frosted mug, poured from tap.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 5:02:44 PM PDT by mylife (If Obama is all "bound up" maybe he needs some Mittamucil)
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To: pennyfarmer

Yep! Us po folks love anything home made for less! Especially a nice wine or brew.


7 posted on 10/19/2012 5:10:26 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

My batch of Hard Cider is sitting in the Secondary getting mellow. 1 week so far. I think I will let it get happy for a few more weeks before I cold crash it and bottle it in 1 gal. jugs.

Most of my focus is preparing to start Chemo. The next 2 weeks are pretty full with appointments. The Cider is doing it’s job as a pleasant distraction.


8 posted on 10/19/2012 5:45:07 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio

In the day we would make the cider then let it freeze in the garage.
Then you get the ice pick out to pour off the apple jack.
Yow!!


9 posted on 10/19/2012 5:47:51 PM PDT by mylife (If Obama is all "bound up" maybe he needs some Mittamucil)
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To: Petruchio

Sorry to hear of your woes FRiend.


10 posted on 10/19/2012 5:49:13 PM PDT by mylife (If Obama is all "bound up" maybe he needs some Mittamucil)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Just had my first glass of home brewed cider today.

Like you said, 7.5% ABV never tasted so smooth. This stuff is going to be dangerous.

Now that I have some fermenter space free, I’m doing a double batch Monday since it is supposed to be 53 and raining. Perfect brewing weather :)

Cheers,

knewshound


11 posted on 10/19/2012 5:51:06 PM PDT by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: knews_hound

I had some commercial cider I was critical of at first. I figured my disappointment was that it was not carbonated. I have carbonated my brew and it is mighty Tasty stuff! Better than than the Hornbyy’s I had! This is so great!


12 posted on 10/19/2012 6:02:13 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: knews_hound

Now I know one reason for Johnny Appleseed’s mission! Our Forefathers were Hard Cider drinkers. Bet their stuff was good!


13 posted on 10/19/2012 6:18:53 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 would be very interested in brewing my own wine or even better, a champagne knock-off. I like a glass every now and then and it’s become very expensive. I did a little googling on wine making and it seemed complicated lol

Any advice? TIA


14 posted on 10/19/2012 6:19:31 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

Try making some Hard Apple Cider. It is easy and the ingredients are inexpensive and the results are tasty as heck! You can make it as bubbly as you like!


15 posted on 10/19/2012 6:47:40 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

Well, I’m enjoying a cold glass of my “hooch-style” cider tonight too. Though it tastes like Boone’s Farm apple wine.

I used the cheapest generic “cider” since it was my first try- it was so insipid tasting I couldn’t even drink what I removed to make room for the yeast and sugar . But now that I know I can do it I’ve gotten a much better juice- and got it in bottles that my stoppers fit- and am eager to try again.

Left the apfelwine in the carboy to finish clearing after all. Another week and then I’m siphomimg it off to secondaries and starting again.
Hope to get some really good fresh local juice or cider soon to use.

I don’t think there are any hobbies as rewarding and intriguing that one can get started in for under $25!


16 posted on 10/19/2012 6:53:12 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mrsmith
I don’t think there are any hobbies as rewarding and intriguing that one can get started in for under $25!

I agree!

17 posted on 10/19/2012 7:07:16 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

Yeah but I have 15 gallons of it !!!

I am going to have to bottle some to put away for summer. The aging helps it a lot and I honestly enjoy it more on a hot summer day.

Sad news, just pulled the last pint of Pale Ale from the keg. Good thing I have another !

In the meantime, I will satisfy my urges with a Partigyle of Oktoberfest/Pale Ale.

Excess beer in the fermenter should never be wasted ;0)

Cheers,

knewshound


18 posted on 10/19/2012 7:15:07 PM PDT by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please add me to the ping list for this.


19 posted on 10/19/2012 7:35:00 PM PDT by call meVeronica
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To: call meVeronica

You have been added.


20 posted on 10/19/2012 7:39:42 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: Red_Devil 232

St. Andrew’s Altbier is out of secondary and is entering its second week of conditioning in the keg under pressure.

Tasted a bit last night, gonna be good when it finishes “gittin’ it’s FIZZY on”...excellent malt body at the start, with the hop bitterness you’d expect from a Northern German Alt, and a REALLY interesting malt sweetness that lingers on the back of the tongue.


21 posted on 10/19/2012 7:59:26 PM PDT by Yudan (Living comes much easier once we admit we're dying.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I popped a cap on a bottle of my homemade hard cider yesterday. Recall a couple weeks ago that I was ready to throw it all out.....well, it seems that aging is what was needed. It has a nice smooth flavor although I prefer it sweeter.

I'm planning on a second batch now.

22 posted on 10/20/2012 7:36:47 AM 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; All

Speaking of beer, I gave two 22-oz bottles of a year-old bock beer to a friend last week. When he opened the first bottle, it fountained quite spectacularly. He told me about this, so we decided it was best to open the second bottle together and outdoors. That second bottle was just fine.

What happened? Double-primed?

(I don’t recall for sure if I bottle primed or batch-primed that one.)


23 posted on 10/20/2012 8:08:10 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Rio

When I still used to bottle, many moons ago, I would get that too.

I think it has a lot to do with the distribution of the priming sugar. When the sugar is added to the bottling bucket, unless it is completely and thoroughly incorporated, some bottles will be under primed and some will be over primed. Constant stirring is the key I think.

My buddy who still bottles goes one further and adds the sugar to some sterile water and heats it up until it is completely clear then adds that to the bottling bucket. Liquid vs solids and all that. He still stirs it frequently to avoid the heavier sugars to sinking to the bottom.

Cheers,

knewshound


24 posted on 10/20/2012 9:36:44 AM PDT by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: Rio

Do you remember what type of sugar you used to prime that Bock?


25 posted on 10/20/2012 11:22:34 AM 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 think that I would have used granulated cane sugar for priming.


26 posted on 10/20/2012 12:16:26 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Rio; All
I have never used cane sugar to prime with so do not know how it will act during carbonation. I know brown sugar should not be used when priming a brew.

This is from the link I gave last week Alternative Brewing Sugars

"Brown sugar should never be used for priming, as it distributes itself fairly unevenly, and can result in some beers being flat, while others explode in the bottle."

27 posted on 10/20/2012 12:44:01 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: knews_hound

I have always done what your buddy does using corn sugar. One cup water with 5 oz corn sugar. Slow boil sugar in the water, let it cool and add that to the bottling bucket then rack the beer into the bucket to get a good mix going.

For my 1 gallon Hard Ciders I have been using Coopers Carbonation Tabs in the bottles. They work well.


28 posted on 10/20/2012 12:54:27 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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