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  • What’s the most expensive ingredient in beer? Taxes! (VIDEO)

    04/01/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 2 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/1/2014 | Ian Huyett
    Obama's & His Dark Sayings; The Wrath of God On America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrp6wUkTGjY
  • What's killing my yeast?

    01/05/2014 11:32:16 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 43 replies
    January 5, 2014 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I'm making some cheap wine. When I say cheap I mean one step above Pruno. Right now I'm just getting down the basics, collecting equipment and experimenting with different concoctions. My first try was apple juice, sugar and bread yeast which actually came out quite well. I have 2 bottles of it sitting in the fridge now waiting until my 5 litre box of Blush runs out before I start drinking it. The main reason I chose apple juice first was for the 128 ounce bottle. Now that it's done I'm using the bottle to make other wines 64 ounces...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #39 June 07, 2013

    06/07/2013 3:30:27 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 10 replies
    Free Republic | 6/7/2013 | 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. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #39 May 31, 2013

    05/31/2013 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 33 replies
    Free Republic | 5-31-2013 | 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. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #38 May 17, 2013

    05/17/2013 3:29:27 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 16 replies
    Free Republic | 5-17-2013 | 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. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #37 May 3, 2013

    05/03/2013 3:29:56 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 14 replies
    Free Republic | 5-3-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Or In This Case A Mint JulepDerby Day Tomorrow Or Make Your Own With Your Favorite Bourbon Mint Julep Recipe 2 cups sugar 2 cups water Sprigs of fresh mint Crushed ice Bourbon Whisky Silver/Gold/Glass Julep Cups Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #36 April 26, 2013

    04/26/2013 3:48:52 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 4-26-2013 | 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. I missed posting last Friday and I apologize. I just got caught up in all the news coming out of Boston last Friday and missed posting the thread. I did get to brew up another Irish Stout last week and it needs to be racked into a secondary tomorrow. My last Irish Stout turned out to be so good I needed more! Yum!
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #35 April 12, 2013

    04/12/2013 3:29:58 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 35 replies
    Free Republic | 4-12-2013 | 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. Well, it has been a little more than a month since the last thread was posted. The Oatmeal Stout I bottled around the middle of Feb. has bottle aged and carbonated very nicely and is mighty, mighty tasty. My next Homebrew will be another Oatmeal Stout because this one turned out so well. I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #34 March 8, 2013

    03/08/2013 3:30:34 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 45 replies
    Free Republic | 3-8-2013 | 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. 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.A little Beer News:  Samuel Adams beers captured nine medals at the International Brewing Awards 2013 in England.The bi-annual competition attracted more than 1,000 entries from 45 countries. Forty judges, all professional brewers, assessed the beers over the course of three days....
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #33 March 1, 2013

    03/01/2013 3:31:20 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 3-1-2013 | 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...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #32 February 22, 2013

    02/22/2013 3:33:05 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 34 replies
    Free Republic | 2-22-2013 | 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. I bottled my oatmeal stout yesterday and will let it bottle condition for a few weeks before trying. Hope it carbs up nicely. I do not have any plans on brewing up another brew until the weather warms up a little. It is a little cool out side for me. My last try at making an acceptable Apple Cider is coming along well I popped a top on one and it was quite tasty...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #31 February 8, 2013

    02/08/2013 3:34:06 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 12 replies
    Free Republic | 2-8-2013 | 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! This past week I racked an oatmeal stout to a secondary and added some oak cubes that had been soaking in Maker’s Mark for a little over a month. I think I will let them flavor the beer for a few days and then remove them. Has anyone used oak cubes or chips to flavor their beer? How long should they be in the secondary?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #30 February 1, 2013

    02/01/2013 3:39:01 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 13 replies
    Free Republic | 2-1-2013 | 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. Super Bowl weekend. Here are a few statistics to ponder. 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.
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #29 January 25, 2013

    01/25/2013 3:36:40 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 21 replies
    Free Republic | 01-25-2013 | 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. It was a nice day here in Northeast Texas today – mid 60s and just right to brew up a batch of brew. Made an Oatmeal Irish Stout. I used a kit from Midwest supplies. 6 lbs. Dark Liquid Malt Extract Speciality Grains 4 oz Chocolate Malt 4 oz Caramel 10º L 4 oz Roasted Barley 4 oz Flaked Barley 8 oz Rolled Oats Hops - 0.5 oz Nugget and 1 oz Willamette 4...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #28 January 18, 2013

    01/18/2013 3:39:04 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 10 replies
    Free Republic | 01-18-2013 | 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. I will be brewing an Oatmeal Stout next week after I get back from a trip to Mississippi. I have some dark roasted oak cubes that have been soaking in some Maker’s Mark Whiskey for the last two weeks that I will add to the secondary. Hope this turns out good! I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #27 January 11, 2013

    01/11/2013 4:06:10 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 1-11-2013 | 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. I had my very first commercially brewed Double IPA yesterday evening. It was brewed by Samuel Adams as a limited release of their brews and is called “Third Voyage”. It is 8% ABV in a 22 oz. bottle and is very tasty and hoppy with a big citrus after taste. They used Cascade Hops from the regions that that Capt. James Cook sailed to on his third voyage - New Zealand and the Pacific...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #26 December 28, 2012

    12/28/2012 3:43:55 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 21 replies
    Free Republic | 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. Happy New Year to all! No partying planned for me. It will be an early night drinking a few of my Irish Stouts here. I am trying a Guinness Black Larger for the first time. I am not all that impressed at all. It has a thin/light mouth feel with a quick disappearing head. It has a slightly bitter after taste. Might be good ice cold on a warm summer day. Expensive $ 10.00...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #25 December 21, 2012

    12/21/2012 3:33:40 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 40 replies
    Free Republic | 12-21-12 | 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. There was too much going on last Friday for me to post the thread. I wish every Freeper a Merry Christmas. I will be popping the swing top on a bottle of my Cranberry Mead this Christmas. Now that we have survived this Mayan Doomsday 12-21-12 nonsense we can all get back to planning and making our favorite Homebrews and Wines and go off the cliff in style. I hope all of you and...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #24 December 7, 2012

    12/07/2012 3:36:44 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 43 replies
    Free Republic | 12-7-2012 | 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! HOPS - Cure for the common cold? Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I saw a news item on FNC this morning about beer fighting against cold-causing virus. I thought y’all might find the article from the Fox News Web site interesting. It seems there is a compound found in hops called humulone that can fight against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Problem is (which I don’t see as a problem) you have to drink 30 12oz beers to get the...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #23 November 30, 2012

    11/30/2012 3:35:54 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 24 replies
    Free Republic | 11-30-2012 | 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. I bottled the Irish Stout that I started about 4 weeks ago this week. I would like to try a Blueberry Wine soon. I think I will make just one gallon to start. What will I need? I will be using frozen whole Blueberries. A recipe for one gallon of must would be nice. Any help out there with what additives I will need and how much? I have a dry Champagne yeast to...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #22 November 23, 2012

    11/23/2012 4:16:14 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 30 replies
    Free Republic | 11/23/2012 | 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 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...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #21 November 16, 2012

    11/16/2012 3:33:37 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 27 replies
    Free Republic | 11/16/2012 | 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 did not get to start my 5 gallons of Hard Apple Cider until Tuesday of this week. I used 5.5 Gallons of Musselman’s cider and added 2 lbs of corn sugar along with two cups of raisins that were boiled in 2 cups of water, to soften. The raisins along with the water were then processed in a blender until it was a very fine mush. This mush was added to the 5 gal....
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #20 November 9, 2012

    11/09/2012 3:34:30 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 47 replies
    Free Republic | 11/09/2012 | 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 Well, the Local Homebrew Store in Shriveport, La had their opening day yesterday. I drove the 35 miles to their location and was not disappointed. They had quite a collection of craft beers. They also have a nice selection of grains, hops and other supplies. I talked to the owner for a little bit, nice people. I bought a vile of White Labs Champagne Yeast (WLP715) and a pack of Nottingham Ale Yeast and a couple of other items I...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #19 November 2, 2012

    11/02/2012 3:34:08 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 67 replies
    Free Republic | 11/2/2012 | 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  Small glass of my sparkling Cranberry Mead - Tasty Too I missed posting the weekly thread last week because I had to make a trip back to Mississippi to check on the house and property I own there. When I returned to Tx on Saturday I racked the Irish Stout I had brewed into a secondary and also made another Hard Apple Cider. I used some raisins as a super food for the yeasties. And those raisins seem to be...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #18 October 19, 2012

    10/19/2012 4:47:42 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 27 replies
    10/19/2012 | 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...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #17

    10/13/2012 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 54 replies
    Free Republic | 10-13-2012 | 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 missed posting the thread yesterday at Beer Thirty. Things just happen. So while we are watching some good College Football lets talk Beer and Wine making. I started my third gallon of of hard Apple cider today. I used some amber Agave Nectar as an added sugar to bump the O.G. This stuff seems to be much sweeter than honey and very tasty! So I thought about posting a link to a Web Page...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #16 October 5, 2012

    10/05/2012 3:32:35 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 23 replies
    Free Republic | 10-5-2012 | 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. Well FReepers I had a couple of unexpected strokes of good fortune this past week. If you have been visiting this thread the past few weeks you know I have been wanting to make a Hard Apple Cider and could not find fresh squeezed Apple Cider that did not contain potassium sorbate (a yeast growth inhibitor) and other additives. I resorted to frozen Apple Juice concentrate and made a one-gallon batch. Yesterday I needed some...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #15 September 28, 2012

    09/28/2012 3:32:43 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 36 replies
    9-28-2012 | 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. Last week I started a Hard Cider and I thought I would give y’all some details. I used three containers of 12 oz frozen concentrated Apple juice and spring water to make one gallon. Original Gravity (O.G.) was 1.060. I also made a yeast starter using some of the Apple juice and a couple tsps of sugar and Safale 05 yeast. I aerated the jug of apple juice and added a tsp of yeast nutrient....
  • Armed Alabama Agents Confiscate Home Brewing Supplies

    09/22/2012 9:41:12 AM PDT · by Altariel · 46 replies
    Beer Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2012 | reidramsay
    Do you need any proof that Alabama legislature is a backwards thinking? Read on. My good friend Kraig Torres founded Hop City a few years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. The store sells 1,800+ beers, wine, and homebrewing supplies. Not to mention a 60+ growler station. Hop City is ranked among the best beer stores on planet earth on RateBeer.com Building upon his great success, Kraig decided to open a second location in Birmingham, Alabama. Recent law changes make Birmingham a great place for a second Hop City. Kraig has received all the necessary permits to open except for one –...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #14 September 21, 2012

    09/21/2012 4:46:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 32 replies
    Free Republic | 9-21-2012 | 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 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...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #13 September 14, 2012

    09/14/2012 3:31:54 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 34 replies
    Free Republic | 9-14-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Clod Brew  BEER Last week we discussed making Hard Apple Cider. I don't live in an apple growing area and can't get local fresh pressed Apple Cider. I made the rounds of all the grocery stores in search of 100% unfiltered Apple Cider from fresh pressed apples. All I could find was a fresh pressed that had all the preservatives that are warned against when making a Hard Cider. In my wanderings I did find a commercial Hard Cider at a Krogers, Hornby's...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #7 Sept 7, 2012

    09/07/2012 4:35:46 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 70 replies
    Free Republic | 9-7-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Home Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. My wife and I are heading back to Mississippi from our new digs in Texas mid week next week to check on the house and property we own there. There will not be a beer/wine thread next week and possibly the next week. I do have another Honey Ale kit to brew up when I get back to Texas. I have decided not to brew it yet because I want to be here to...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #11 August 17, 2012

    08/17/2012 3:32:43 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 8/17/2012 | 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. My wife and I are heading back to Mississippi from our new digs in Texas next week to check on the house and property we own there. There will not be a beer/wine thread next week and possibly the next week. We will not have Internet access while there. I do have another Stout ready to brew up when I get back to Texas. I do love a good strong Stout! I decided not to...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #11 August 10, 2012

    08/10/2012 3:31:12 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 20 replies
    Free Republic | 8/10/2012 | 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. Last week one of our members mentioned an article by Steve Bader “Boil the hops, not the malt extract”. This method is known as Late Extract Addition. In this method you add 75-85% malt extract at the end of the boil. There are several reasons to use the late extract brewing method. One is reducing over-caramelization. The beer will turn out lighter, which can be difficult to do otherwise with extract beers. It can also reduce scorched malt flavors...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #10 August 3, 2012

    08/03/2012 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 46 replies
    Free Republic | 8/03/2012 | 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...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #9 July 27, 2012

    07/27/2012 3:33:57 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 51 replies
    7-27-2010 | 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 a couple of different secondary 5 gallon Carboys - Glass, PET, and Buckets. I prefer to use the glass carboy but I do use the others from time to time and all have been used successfully. The glass carboy is heavy and difficult to move but the others are easier to use because they are lighter and have spigots for racking to the bottling bucket. I am beginning to wonder why I use the glass one. I...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #8 July 20, 2012

    07/20/2012 5:15:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 52 replies
    Free Republic | 7-20-2012 | 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. Nothing brewed at the Red Devil Brew house this week. Just enjoying a few home brews.Tip: If you have ever been disappointed with your homebrews not developing a nice long lasting head or they seem to be over carbonated and really heady when you pour a glass of your homebrew you might want to try cleaning your glass or mug. Use a mixture of equal parts of Baking Soda and salt then add a little water to make a...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #7 July 13, 2012

    07/13/2012 3:28:18 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 20 replies
    Free Republic | 7/13/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! Airlock Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Since the outside air temperatures have moderated somewhat I brewed up an Irish Red Ale this morning. It has an original gravity of 1.045 and is sitting in the primary. I am just waiting for the airlock to start bubbling. I am also waiting for the Copper Ale I bottled last week to carbonate and will try one next week. I still have a few of my Cream Ales to drink now and then. I hope all of you and...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #6 July 6, 2012

    07/06/2012 3:29:43 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 42 replies
    Free Republic | 7-6-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock And a Cold Homebrew! Airlock I trust y’all had a great 4th of July. This morning I bottled the Copper Ale that I brewed on June 7th. It was bottled after two weeks in the primary and two weeks plus a few days in the secondary. I am still enjoying the Honey Ale I bottled on June 20th. This ale has matured nicely over time and has a wonderful aroma and taste. The carbonation has come along nicely and develops a beautiful white long lasting head...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #5 June 29, 2012

    06/29/2012 4:01:07 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 48 replies
    Free Republic | 6/29/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! Airlock Good evening/afternoon. This past week I rested and did not have a brew day. It has been just to darn hot to stand over a boiling brew kettle. My bottled Honey Ale is coming along just fine. I have tasted a couple and it is carbonating nicely and should be good to go by July 4th. I am having one now and it is mighty tasty. The liberty Cream Ale I brewed up last week will be racked into a secondary next week. My Copper...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #4 June 22, 2012

    06/22/2012 3:29:49 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 30 replies
    June 22, 2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! " OG Hydrometer Reading of my Liberty Cream Ale Good evening/afternoon. I brewed up a Liberty Cream Ale this afternoon, a kit from Midwest Supply. I did a Late Extract addition at 30 min. for this brew. It was a busy afternoon. I made a yeast starter using Safale 05 dry yeast yesterday afternoon. And pitched it in an 80° F wort. The OG was at 1.052 out of the primary fermenter before the yeast starter was pitched. This beer has a beautiful color and should...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #3 June 15,2012

    06/15/2012 3:30:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 80 replies
    Free Republic | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! GLASS OF MY CRANBERRY MEAD – MELOMEL – HONEY WINE While we all enjoy a mug or glass of our favorite beer or wine I thought we could discuss the most important ingredient we all need to make our homemade beers or wines. Yeast I have used both Wyeast and White Labs liquid yeasts and also dry yeasts mostly Safale 05 and 04 for fermenting my homebrews. I always keep at least one or two of the Safale yeast packs in the fridge as a backup, just incase....
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #2 June 8,2012

    06/08/2012 3:28:55 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 74 replies
    Free Republic | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep it is Beer Thirty Time!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! PORTER ALEAfter last weeks positive acceptance of the Homebrewing Thread a few of you decided we needed to go weekly with this thread and I agree. Thanks to all who participated in last weeks thread. So lets get talking about beer and wine. Last week I bottled a 9.3% Porter and decided to try one yesterday just to see how it was doing. As you might suspect it was nowhere near the carbonation level I was looking for, it needs another week or two or more. But I...
  • What Time Is It FReepers?

    06/01/2012 3:28:50 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 95 replies
    Free Republic | 6/1/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Its Beer Thirty! At The First Monthly Homebrewing Thread That time of day at which drinking a beer becomes necessary and required to proceed with life as we know it in modern society. I am enjoying a homebrewed Nut Brown Ale as I post this thread. It is a very tasty brew that has a nice caramel and slightly nutty flavor, nicely carbonated with a tan head. At 8.3% it can definitely sneak up you! Yesterday I bottled a Porter and I have a Honey Ale in my primary that is fermenting nicely. A Copper Ale is scheduled for brewing...
  • Shipwreck's 'oldest beer' to be analysed, brewed again

    02/08/2011 9:23:23 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 February 2011 | Jason Palmer
    In July 2010, a Baltic Sea shipwreck dated between 1800 to 1830 yielded many bottles of what is thought to be the world's oldest champagne. Five of the bottles later proved to be the oldest drinkable beer yet found.
  • Where To Find Those Hop Rhizomes: Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus, Warrior, Tomahawk, etc.

    09/28/2008 8:43:48 AM PDT · by gunnyg · 7 replies · 3,138+ views
    Gunny G's Homebrew, Beer, etc. ^ | 28 Seot 08 | Dick Gaines/Gunny G
    I know there must be a lotta beer homebrewers out there looking for those hard-to-find hop rhizomes such as Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus, Warrior, Tomahawk, etc., etc. Let me know if anyone finds 'em, please! Dick Gaines GunnyGATgmail.com
  • Beer battle brewing in Alabama

    03/10/2008 9:50:29 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 61 replies · 2,060+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 10, 2008 | Stephanie Simon
    HARVEST, ALA. -- Two dozen guys are crowded into a basement, talking loudly over Triscuits, when Scott Oberman breaks the law. In defiance of Alabama Criminal Code 28-4-20, he pours his buddy a beer. "John Tipton's Chocolate Porter," he announces. It's a dark brown beer, almost black, with a taste that starts out astringent, like cheap red wine, then mellows into a silky chocolate flavor, with fleeting notes of coffee and cinnamon. Tipton, a big-bellied mechanical engineer, brewed it at home, for fun. That's illegal in Alabama. He estimates the beer is about 8% alcohol by volume. That's illegal, too....
  • My New Book Is Out! (Vanity)

    02/02/2007 4:51:59 PM PST · by toddlintown · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Beer & Food: An American History ^ | 2-02-2007 | Bob Skilnik
    Review Beer & Food lays out the historical origins of how and why we Americans pair certain foods with a variety of beers -Jim Koch, Founder of The Boston Beer Company, Brewer of Samuel Adams "The first book that gives a historical look at why beer and food are truly partners in today's kitchens." —John R. Hall, president, Goose Island Beer Company "Kudos to Bob Skilnik for creating this absorbing and informative resource." —Keith Lemcke, marketing manager, World Brewing Academy "This enjoyable read merits a pint of your favorite ale by your side, so you may sip and browse throughout!"...
  • Relax and have a Homebrew(Vanity)

    04/12/2002 11:45:57 PM PDT · by week 71 · 9 replies · 316+ views
    myself | 4/13/02 | week 71
    It's saturday night and I'm enjoying the best batch of homebrew I've ever fashioned. It has... 4 oz American 2 row malt 4 oz 40L crystal malt 4 oz wheat malt 6 oz Victory malt 1/2 oz Northern Brewer hops 1/2 oz Saaz hops 2 teaspoons Irish moss 1/4 oz East Kent Goldings hops Nottingham yeast and 1/2 oz Cascade hops for secondary fermentation Today was the day this batch was mature. I've been waiting about a month since the process began, nevertheless, as usual, it is indeed rewarding. Any late saturday night freepers have any good recipes for future...