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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #22 November 23, 2012
Free Republic | 11/23/2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 11/23/2012 4:16:14 PM PST 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

 

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My Cranberry Mead I started a year ago this month

Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Wife and I popped the top on another swing top bottle of my Cranberry Mead to have with our Turkey dinner and all the fixings. It is really a very nice and tasty honey wine. This has surprised my wife; she could not believe I really made it and that it tastes good. She rarely drinks and does not enjoy my homemade beers or any beer for that matter.

I am hoping that the 5 gallons of my apple cider I started a week or two ago turns out to be as good and she can enjoy it also. I plan on letting it sit and age for about six months before bottling.

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 11/23/2012 4:16:27 PM PST by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Ping to the Homebrewers and wine makers list!


2 posted on 11/23/2012 4:18:23 PM PST 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: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Ping to the Homebrewers and wine makers list!


3 posted on 11/23/2012 4:19:10 PM PST 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
Your mead looks tastey. Here's what I had forIMG_3579 Black Friday.
4 posted on 11/23/2012 4:26:39 PM PST by Hotmetal (Home from the sandbox.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
That's very, very red.

I'm reconfiguring for the winter months, and have nothing going right now.

/johnny

5 posted on 11/23/2012 4:38:36 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I had blackberry and pear cider for thanksgiving. It turned out pretty good. The batch last year was good at the beginning and then got a bit skunky after a few months.

Hope to begin bottling more wine in a week or so when we see if they start to clear out a bit better.


6 posted on 11/23/2012 4:46:34 PM PST 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: JRandomFreeper

Yes it was very red when I started it and it mellowed out to a nice light rosé.


7 posted on 11/23/2012 4:48:12 PM PST 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

Can you describe the taste?


8 posted on 11/23/2012 4:53:22 PM PST by Jayster
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To: Jayster

It dose not have a very distinct Cranberry taste but is nice, like a rosé or white wine.


9 posted on 11/23/2012 5:01:08 PM PST 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

Thanks!

Off topic but I had mentioned it earlier....like Spring

I grew 8 varieties of Hops this year for the first time and all did very well.

From what I understand after the first year, the plants do so much better with established roots etc...
I ordered Plants and not Rhizomes. Much much better.

Looking forward to next years crop.


10 posted on 11/23/2012 5:08:17 PM PST by Jayster
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To: Red_Devil 232

Well, our family had the “day after Thanksgiving feast” at the farm today. With the drought, I can’t find Mustang grapes in our area. Both my BILs had their home brewed beers for us to drink.

My younger sister’s husband had a really smooth, slightly dark beer similar to Shiner Bock. I got a buzz after two, but knew it would be over three hours before I got on the road home. I’ll try to get his beer recipe and post it here.


11 posted on 11/23/2012 5:26:20 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

If you were going to be an interstellar colonist, and you wanted to go into this business, how much equipment and what variety of supplies would you take with you?


12 posted on 11/23/2012 5:28:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I cracked the first bottle of my Sathana’s Ers, a Belgian-style ale, tonight. Intense cherry flavors, not from cherries themselves, but from a handful of cherry wood chips, soaked in bourbon. Excellent flavor and body, but I think it’s going to need a few more weeks in the bottle for more conditioning.


13 posted on 11/23/2012 5:40:08 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Your mead looks lovely! Do you have to prep the honey in any special way? I’ve thought about doing a mead, but have never gotten around to it.


14 posted on 11/23/2012 5:51:02 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Red_Devil 232
FWIW, I read a book on wine history recently that cites a fairly recent paper by a Cornell researcher that says the best way to store "novelty wines" for best aromatic flavors is at 28F with no more than 9.5% alc.

OTOH, the advertising ditty "How's it served?/Good n' Cold" was probably to dampen what various and haphazard aromatics Thunderbird did have...

15 posted on 11/23/2012 6:03:06 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Red_Devil 232
Sipping a Belgium triple I bottled Sunday. Very tasty and 9%.

I bought 3 kinds of spiced wheat beers (My favorite type of beer)on Wednesday and proceeded to try all 3, one of them being a bomber. I then decided to try one of my triples and promptly began slurring and went to bed early.

Today I traded 12 of my home brews for 3 bottles of home made wine my Moms friend makes. Mom described them as $50 dollar a bottle quality so I look forward to trying them but feel as though I should save them for a special occasion.

My local home brew store is having a 15% off sale tomorrow so I'm going to brew up 10 gallons of spiced wheat. I've already given away and/or traded 30 bottles of my triple...so far.

16 posted on 11/23/2012 6:03:31 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Twotone

No prep for me just heat the water so the honey will dissolve nicely. Add a yeast nutrient because the honey does not provide the basics for the yeast to multiply and do their job. Add a quality ale or wine yeast and wait. Honey wine!


17 posted on 11/23/2012 6:07:29 PM PST 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 brewed my first batch almost three weeks ago.

I’ve got Caribou Slobber (Moose Drool knockoff), still bubbling after three weeks.

A friend brewed up a Brewer’s Best Scottish Ale. Hers is done fermenting, and is cold crashing for bottling on Sunday.

Another friend wanted in on the act, so we brewed up a high-gravity Maibock. I don’t have lagering capability, so we used an ale yeast instead.


18 posted on 11/23/2012 6:15:51 PM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I was speaking to someone who worked in the Food Science Dept of our town’s university. Since wine-making is now a big deal in OR they have a few faculty who are ‘experts’. One commented that the honey needs to be pasteurized to eliminate bacteria. I suppose that’s the professional outlook, but wondered how necessary. One of these days I’ll get around to trying a mead. In the meantime, we’ve still got pears & white grapes in the freezer waiting to start. I’ve been so depressed by the election results I haven’t felt much like doing anything. Except maybe crying into an earlier vintage... ;-)


19 posted on 11/23/2012 6:24:03 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Twotone

I did not have raw honey so used pasteurized. I have a feeling it would not make much of a difference with honey. I used one pound (gallon) of honey to four gallons of spring water and a few pounds of fresh frozen Cranberries (crushed and blenderized).


20 posted on 11/23/2012 6:39:21 PM PST 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; All
That mead looks beautiful. I have a question for you and your list. I want to surprise Hubby with wine making kit for Christmas. He has some grapes frozen that he wants to make into wine.

Any recommendations for decent moderate priced/best buy equipment would be appreciated. Thanks.

21 posted on 11/23/2012 6:44:49 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Any of the starter kits from the better mail order places will work fine.

Morebeer.com

Northernbrewer.com

The biggest issue I have found for beginners is the pot itself.

7 gallons at a minimum, and they don’t give them away. Expect to spend 150 bucks on a complete starter kit that includes the first batch. The pot however is another matter.

Cheers,

knewshound


22 posted on 11/23/2012 7:43:52 PM PST by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: knews_hound

Thank you very much for the advice.


23 posted on 11/23/2012 8:32:18 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
I agree with knewshound.

Morebeer is one web store that offers free shipping if you buy over a certain price - I think it is $50. Good place to purchase your start up equipment, as it can be heavy. If you are only going to be making wines you will not need a Boiling pot as you would need for Beer. You can get a complete kit that includes Bottles for around $150 - $200.

Complete Wine Package Equipment Kit w/ Double Lever Corker

Beginning Winemaking Equipment Kit

The first link above is to a kit from "Midwest Supplies" the second link is to "More Wine making" which is the same company as MoreBeer. I have used both web stores and have no complaints with either.

24 posted on 11/24/2012 4:47:38 AM PST 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

Thanks RD.


25 posted on 11/24/2012 8:36:28 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Getting ready for the Egg Bowl, Hail State.IMG_3589
26 posted on 11/24/2012 2:46:43 PM PST by Hotmetal (Home from the sandbox.)
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It will be on ESPNU which is the only ESPN channel I don't get. Drats! Yes to Hail State! But they better watch out Ole Miss has a good team. I have had to many High hopes for State in the past! But was at the game in Jackson, Ms when they beat #1 Alabama 6 to 3 in 1980!

Video - Mississipi State Beats #1 Alabama 6 to 3 - 1980 - with the great Jack Crystal making the call!

SHOCKER!

27 posted on 11/24/2012 3:19:42 PM PST 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 sure miss Jack and miss going to the Egg Bowl in Jackson.


28 posted on 11/24/2012 3:51:12 PM PST by Hotmetal (Home from the sandbox.)
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To: Hotmetal

Yes I miss him and his voice. I remember him so well!


29 posted on 11/24/2012 4:36:02 PM PST 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: Hotmetal

If you can please let me how the game is going tonight.


30 posted on 11/24/2012 4:42:00 PM PST 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: Hotmetal

Just watched Alabama take care of Auburn and now over to Texas A&m vs Missouri. Go Johnny Football!


31 posted on 11/24/2012 4:46:14 PM PST 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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