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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1110 on: March 30, 2019, 08:04:37 PM »
OK.. not beer related...but smoked pork wasn't ready by dinner time so we had smoked chicken thigh sandwiches for dinner...smoked pork just now ready and it's great. Some of the best pulled pork I've ever made. Knew there was a good chance that it wouldn't be ready in time for dinner when I slept later than usual this morning. But needed the sleep. Sleeping late led to not doing my usual BBQ spice coating and just going with salt and pepper which worked well coupled with the 12 hours of apple wood smoking.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1111 on: March 31, 2019, 04:00:16 PM »
I accidentally bought 3 lbs. of LME instead of DME, so I made a 9 quart batch today instead of my usual 5.

3 lbs. pale LME
2 oz. dark DME
4g cascade hops 60 min.
5g cluster hops 20 min.
6g citra hops 2 min.

1 tsp yeast nutrient

8g US-05 yeast

SG 1.045 so should be just under 6% alcohol.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1112 on: May 03, 2019, 07:05:43 PM »
Opened the one bottle of that wine I started in December that I put in a PET bottle so it would carbonate.

Not bad, fairly standard white wine taste, massive carbonation.  Would probably have exploded a glass bottle, the plastic bottle was as hard as glass.



My latest batch of beer is in the fridge, last week I tried one bottle and it was pretty good, should be even better now.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1113 on: October 01, 2019, 07:17:51 PM »
Opened the one remaining bottle of wine I started 10 months ago and was quite shocked at how good it was, better than some white wines I've bought over the years.  So it really does have to age almost a year before it begins to lose it's harshness.  So 10 months to go from cheap white grape juice to a wine you would probably pay $10 to $15 a bottle for...  I bought a big jar of strawberry jam and will sometime this fall start a batch of wine made from that, we'll see how that goes.

House is almost cool enough during the day now to start back up making beer again, I have so much junk in the basement I didn't feel like trying to do it down there over the summer.  Once the first floor stays below 72 when I'm at work and the A/C is turned off I'll start another batch.  I have one bottle left from my last batch in the spring, so it's good timing.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1114 on: November 30, 2019, 12:44:19 PM »
Been too busy at work to brew lately. Have ingredients for a couple of batches, so maybe tomorrow.
Been enjoying Breckenridge Nitro Irish Stout since I ran out of homebrew. A bit more coffee flavor compared to Guiness (which I like) and about half the price of Guiness.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1115 on: January 18, 2020, 07:36:03 PM »
Haven't been inspired or had the time to brew beer lately and have been drinking whiskey since running out of homebrew.
Researched making my own whiskey.
Problems with that idea:
1) Takes 4 or more years to age it properly;
2) A liter of whiskey lasts me over a month, so a 5 gallon cask would be a whole hell of a lot;
3) It's dangerous in ways that making beer isn't and I don't have a big enough lot to do it far enough away to not potentially kill anyone if it were to explode.
So not going to give making my own whiskey a try.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1116 on: January 18, 2020, 09:52:10 PM »
Haven't been inspired or had the time to brew beer lately and have been drinking whiskey since running out of homebrew.
Researched making my own whiskey.
Problems with that idea:
1) Takes 4 or more years to age it properly;
2) A liter of whiskey lasts me over a month, so a 5 gallon cask would be a whole hell of a lot;
3) It's dangerous in ways that making beer isn't and I don't have a big enough lot to do it far enough away to not potentially kill anyone if it were to explode.
So not going to give making my own whiskey a try.

It's also illegal.  Distillation of ethanol is prohibited even for personal use.  If you look at all the stills you can buy online they all say they are for making "essential oils" or fragrances...  Chances are you wouldn't get caught, but if it did explode and the fire department had to come out you would be in serious trouble.

To make 5 gallons you would have to distill several times that volume of mash.  Assuming you are going for 80 proof (40%) and your mash is 10 to 15 percent that's 15 to 20 gallons of mash.

I've got to start a new batch soon, down to 3 bottles of the stuff I made in the fall.  Got all the stuff in a few weeks ago but just haven't gotten around to starting, and this weekend I've got a horrible cold.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1117 on: January 23, 2020, 06:07:48 PM »
Can technology has come a long way with linings that now make some canned beer taste better then the bottled versions.
Bought a 12 pack of what's being pushed as a craft brewed light beer- Saint Archer Gold (on sale and was looking for something light). It tastes like what I remember canned beer tasting like in the 80s. In other words, it tastes like the can. Not terrible really- at least it's not skunky- but I don't think I'd buy it again.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1118 on: March 07, 2020, 11:02:03 AM »
I probably just made some terrible beer, I'll find out in a few weeks.

I didn't stir enough when adding LME to the pot so a layer of it settled to the bottom and burned.  It smelled bad at first when I got it stirred but as it boiled the smell got better.  Tasted a teaspoon of it before adding hops and there was a slight burnt flavor but not as bad as I thought it would be.  There were flakes of black burnt malt floating around so I did run it through a screen to filter them out when I transferred to the fermentor.   I didn't taste it before adding the yeast, figured I'll just wait till it's time to bottle it and taste it then, we'll see what the yeast does with the burnt flavor.  Worst comes to worst I'll just have to toss 2 gallons of crappy beer. 

This was only my second time using LME and the first time it was in a bag so it poured out slower, with this plastic jar of it all of it went in at once.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1119 on: March 25, 2020, 01:33:10 PM »
 Well, I bottled my burnt beer several days ago, tried one of the small soda bottles I use as tests and no burnt flavor at all, not even smokey.

 It's a unique flavor, we'll see how it changes over the next few weeks, I'm guessing I'll never be able to replicate it.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1120 on: March 31, 2020, 06:50:27 PM »
I tried one of the 24 oz. bottles of my burnt beer, it is pretty good, not great, but good.  Also has higher alcohol than I normally make, I guess using 3.3 lbs. of LME in 2 gallons of beer puts the alcohol content around 6%, 24 oz. of this feels like several shots of vodka...


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1121 on: April 03, 2020, 04:38:21 PM »
http://www.winemakersshop.com/dmelme-abv-calculator

Good day off. Got the back yard cleaned up, drained and cleaned the dog pool, and resantized my brewing equipment. Brew day tomorrow. Out of practice, so making a couple of batches of a czech pilsner only using a couple of different ale yeasts instead of lager yeast (basically using ingriedients I have on hand).


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1122 on: April 04, 2020, 09:23:51 AM »
Thought all the hops I had on hand were Czech saaz...turns out half were cascade. So brewing a Czech ale and then a cascade ale.


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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1123 on: April 05, 2020, 07:04:53 AM »
Was concerned about the yeast I used yesterday. Both packs a month past their expiration date. Might be taking them a bit longer to be at the point I'd normally expect or that might just be me worrying. Either way, they've multiplied and are slowly producing CO2 and should be OK. Might just take a couple of days longer then usual for these 2 batches.

Edit: Worries about yeast were defintely not warranted. Yeast has taken off like normal. I was just being impatient.
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Re: The Beer Thread
« Reply #1124 on: April 10, 2020, 09:07:07 AM »
Had ingriedients on hand for another batch, so made an agressively hopped pale ale this morning. More expired yeast, so wanted to use it before it got even older. So with no visitors coming over for the foreseeable future, here in 3 or 4 weeks I'll be set for beer until the fall. Went ahead and ordered ingredients for a pumpkin ale and a stout that I'll make stronger than I typically make and will age for a lot longer than I normally do.