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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #33 March 1, 2013
Free Republic | 3-1-2013 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 03/01/2013 3:31:20 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

 

Irish Stout Yum!


Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Here is a thread on FR that I ran across earlier today that some of you might enjoy What Would John Adams Drink?

Hard cider comes in so many varieties—it might be fruity, sweet, or dry, sometimes a bit like beer and other times akin to sparkling wine—it’s the rare drink that people won’t necessarily get tired of. And it is so easy to make it at home! Not much going on at the Red Devil Brewery at this time of year. Just waiting on an oatmeal stout to bottle age and a 5 gallon batch of bottled apple cider to come of age in April.

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 03/01/2013 3:31:30 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.


2 posted on 03/01/2013 3:33:14 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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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Ping to the Homebrewers and wine makers.


3 posted on 03/01/2013 3:34:05 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 just mixed up my second batch in the “Mr. Beer” kit i got for Christmas. A Canadian Blonde recipe.


4 posted on 03/01/2013 3:44:51 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Wish you great success in your brewing! How as your first batch?


5 posted on 03/01/2013 3:51:31 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

Not too bad. It was a pale ale that came with the kit. Some of the bottles didn’t carbonate very well, but they’re plastic. I should get some glass bottles. Buy a case of Grolsch maybe.


6 posted on 03/01/2013 3:55:15 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Red_Devil 232

Red Devil, we were wondering if you could recommend a good supplier of beer-making equipment and ingredients. My husband has done a bunch of batches of Mr. Beer (don’t laugh), and now he wants to do better, closer to “homemade.”


7 posted on 03/01/2013 4:04:28 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: SoothingDave

Did the plastic bottles come with your kit? I have never had a problem with plastic bottles designed for hombrewed beer. I always use one or two when bottling when I am bottling the major portion of my beer in glass bottles. I use them as a means to easily check on carbonation level. The Grolsch are supper, especially if you expect a very high carbonation. I use the Grolsch capped bottles for my sparkling ciders and Meads.


8 posted on 03/01/2013 4:08:23 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: SoothingDave

Dave, the plastic bottles with Mr. Beer are fine to use (we use them). It could be that the lids were not tightened well, or there was not enough priming sugar in each bottle.


9 posted on 03/01/2013 4:12:37 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WXRGina

There are a couple of web sites I use.

I use http://www.midwestsupplies.com/ for my kits and brewing supplies.

And http://morebeer.com/ for equipment that can be heavy - like brew pots and other stuff because they have a free shipping policy if you order over a certain amount $59 I think.

There are many more just do a web search.


10 posted on 03/01/2013 4:18:26 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: WXRGina

Thanks, i do suspect i jist didn’t tighten them well. I measured the sugar pretty carefully.

It is convenient to squeeze them to test how the carbonation is going.


11 posted on 03/01/2013 4:21:37 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Red_Devil 232

Thanks, Red Devil. We’ve done the searching, and wanted to know what you like/use.


12 posted on 03/01/2013 4:27:09 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: SoothingDave
Dave, your first comment about getting the Mr. Beer kit for Christmas reminded me of a video we watched in which the "Basic Home Brewing" guys doctored a Mr. Beer kit to make the beer better. It was cool to watch them.

If you get bored sometime, these guys are good instructors: Basic Brewing Video--Doctoring Mr. Beer--January 7, 2012

Here's the follow-up of how it turned out: Part 2

13 posted on 03/01/2013 4:37:12 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Finally drug my beer making equipment out of the garage this week, and picked up a trappist ale kit at Stein Fillers in Long Beach. Gonna start it this weekend.


14 posted on 03/01/2013 5:43:47 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: WXRGina

If you have a local brew-store, it helps to go there and develop a relationship with them. Otherwise Morebeer.com has nice stuff and vacuum-sealed malt extract.


15 posted on 03/01/2013 6:23:26 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I’m going to try to save a batch gone wrong this week. I fermented it like usual and then siphoned it into a Corny keg. Hooked up the CO2 for a week and then sampled. It was terrible sweet like it never fermented at all. still tasted like the malt. I’m thinking it was too cold in my house to ferment in the usual time. I watched the airlock and it had stopped bubbling, but clearly was not done.

Plan is to put it back into the fermenter with fresh yeast and keep it behind the wood stove until it stops bubbling again.

Any other ideas? Can’t lose as it’s un-drinkable as it is.


16 posted on 03/01/2013 6:31:46 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: WXRGina

It’s nice to kind of dip a toe in with the Mr Beer kit. I plan on trying a few of their recipes to get a feel for them. It’s pretty simple having the malt extract already hopped. And the quantities are manageable.

After I play with that for a while I might venture out into some more adventurous beermaking. A local hardware store has some supplies, but nothing like “recipes.” Just bulk stuff and different yeasts and hops. You’d have to really have the quantities worked out and make bigger batches.

I’m in no hurry.


17 posted on 03/01/2013 6:46:32 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: WXRGina

I have been brewing for over 30 years and can attest to the quality of both Morebeer and Northern Brewer.

The folks I have sent to Northern Brewer for kits were all very pleased and I think their selection guide is superb.

Brewing from a kit is somewhat different than Mr Beer. They are for full, 5 gallon batches.

Thats 2 1/2 cases of 12 oz bottles. Plan accordingly.

Do a little reading, join a forum perhaps, gather equipment for a 5 gallon batch. That’s a BIG pot.

I have a little article I wrote about homebrewing from a kit that I could post if you are interested.

Cheers,

knewshound


18 posted on 03/01/2013 8:27:05 PM PST by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: Rio

Thanks, Rio. We have no brew stores in this area. I’ll check out the Morebeer site.


19 posted on 03/02/2013 7:17:02 AM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: knews_hound

Hey, thank you, Knews Hound for the suggestions. We’d like to read your column on this if you would post it.

We are just a little tired of the Mr. Beer flavor, although it’s fine as it is. Each of their recipes has a distinctive bite that we’re a bit tired of, and my husband is ready to “move up” to more adventurous and different tasting home brew.


20 posted on 03/02/2013 7:22:45 AM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: SoothingDave

That’s us, too, Dave. The Mr. Beer is super-easy and fine for what it is, but as I wrote above, every one of their recipes has the same sharp underbite.

We’re ready for the new thing. :-)


21 posted on 03/02/2013 7:25:40 AM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WXRGina

Here is the link I mentioned. Please, feel free to ask questions.

http://www.knewshound.blogspot.com/2007/11/homebrewing-1a.html

One of the things that may be giving you that “bite” as you call it may be temps. Although beer CAN be fermented at 75 degrees, if it is instead fermented at 65 degrees it will have a much different flavor. Cooler temps tend to give a crisper flavor rather than the sometimes fruity flavor you would get at the higher temp. Keep in mind, if the air temp is 70 for instance, the heat produced by fermentation will make the beer have a temp of 72-74.

If I may, I would suggest a Blond Ale or Pale Ale as your first kit. They are easy to brew and to drink and will inspire you to brew more.

Welcome to the hobby. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have as you move forward.

Cheers,

knewshound


22 posted on 03/02/2013 7:43:30 AM PST by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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Thank you, Knews Hound. We’ll study your tutorial. [Logitech, see his link in the above comment].

We have been using Mr. Beer kits for a few years now, and we just assumed that the “proprietary” blend of the yeast or the “booster” was what gave all the different recipes we tried the same “bite.” We like the dark beers, but whether we did dark or pale, the same undertone was there. But, what you said about fermenting temperature could be a factor here.


23 posted on 03/02/2013 8:33:21 AM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hello Red. Where do I go to learn how to make hard cider?
I’ve got wine bottles stacked in the garge and they need filling. Does it take a lot of equipment, etc?


24 posted on 03/05/2013 12:31:17 PM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum

No you do not need any specialized equipment.

Here is a link http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Brew-Hard-Cider-from-Scratch/?ALLSTEPS


25 posted on 03/05/2013 2:09:29 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: tillacum

No you do not need any specialized equipment.

Here is a link http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Brew-Hard-Cider-from-Scratch/?ALLSTEPS


26 posted on 03/05/2013 2:15:30 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

Thank you, Red. One of my next projects. Make those empty bottles happy.


27 posted on 03/05/2013 3:16:06 PM PST by tillacum
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To: Rio

Buy a cheap hydrometer and use it and take the guesswork out.


28 posted on 03/05/2013 3:24:18 PM PST by Hotmetal
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To: Rio

Buy a cheap hydrometer and use it and take the guesswork out.


29 posted on 03/05/2013 3:24:30 PM PST by Hotmetal
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