I brewed another batch. This time it was an amber belgian strong ale made with Duvel yeast. OG was 1.070. Challenger, Saaz and Hallertauer hops. I have high hopes for this brew.
~1g of Grape Mead I brewed a few months back. I let it bulk age in the 1gal jug I used for fermenting and then racked it into a 1gal jug I painted to say "GRAPE MEAD" on it. I am going to make this again but with a little less honey to better suit the tastes of others. However, After a glass and a half most of the bite goes away and it just tastes like grape juice
I lost my OG notes on this but per the recipe it should be 13-14% ABV.
Instagram photo of the full painted jug
View from the inside of the empty jug. I screwed up a little on the bottom.
I am hungry for more Mead now. I am thinking of doing a cran grape next or maybe an orange/apple variant.
says its all-grain at the top but only shows LME & steeping grains
Bottled up the Thai Basil Ale in hopes that it will be ready for the home brew competition in a few weeks. It was good. It had a nice light thai basil taste upfront with a good hop finish that wasn't too over powering. It's only about 5%, but I wanted a summer brew.
So I found out that I am not moving in the next month and a half which gives me time to brew another batch of beer next weekend.
I have no idea what to do next. My buddies and I do ribs/pulled pork/brisket/etc all summer so I'd like something (an ale most likely) that will go great with BBQ.
However, I'd like something other than a blonde/pale ale/cream ale/porter as well have done those before. This will be our fourth all grain brew.
could always do a farmhouse style beer, it's pretty much up to you on what you wanna throw in!
^^^^ Very cool. I thought about growing hops but figured that right now it's better for me to buy them from the LHBS. I will probably be moving before the end of the summer.
I think the plan right now is to do a nine or ten gallon batch of white and split it between three five gallon carboys. One carboy will be the control brew with no addatives and the other two will be spiced/fruited.
Two weeks after this coming weekend we are brewing again. That would be a good time to do a farmhouse/saison.
My first brew was a success.
Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout
The recipe thread is here:
Hey all, just saying hi
I've been brewing with my coworkers for about a year and a half now. There are 5 of us and we try to brew 5 gallon batches every week, or every other week. Two of the guys have been brewing for like 15-20 years and so they have about 50-60 perfected recipes for all kinds of beers.
Some of my favorites that we make are:
Coriander amber ale
Bon por nicole (pumpernickle ale)
Plus I've been able to create several recipes myself:
Max IPA (hercules double ipa clone, but came out a bit smoother and easier to drink than hercules)
Holden Caufield, full grain rye marzan (haven't opened this one yet)
Would love to trade recipes and other info with folks. I'm still a newb to brewing, but I have access to guys with lots of knowledge, and who are willing to experiment too
"If your car 'feels like it's on rails,' then you're going too slow."
and this weekend was a blast! national home brewers day...
made a dark saison that turned to a black saison lol
my travel setup
only a few people there that early
Dark saison that turned into a black saison
this boil made me get a bit scared.... didn't boil over though!
after it started getting more and more crowded
overview of everyone
ducks inspired theme?
everyone started to scramble to find a place to setup toward the end
this was insane, he was doing 10 gallons, but must have had 40lbs of grain
Flectsj workin the water!
Very cool! I didn't end up brewing on Sunday like I had hoped to. However, that gives me two more weeks to plan my next brew day.
I am thinking of doing nine gallons of an Allagash White clone and splitting it between three five gallon carboys. One will be the control brew that is made per the recipe and the other two will have various fruits added in. I figure I can make a three way split manifold with stuff available at the home brew store. That way I'd be able to avoid kinking the hose and spilling wort all over.
making a new stand
end of day 1
end of day 2
hopefully i'll finish it up tonight or tomorrow, then brew day!
also, picked up a pump and made an outlet for it, one hot and one switched via the switch on the right.
gotta reposition the pump and the switch and this weekend will be brew day!
then paint of course.... haha
Does anyone want a free conical fermenter? I bought it years ago and never ended up using it. I only brew once a year or so now, so I have no use for it. For the non-local people, just paypal me the shipping via ups and it is yours (I would imagine around $20 bucks or so). I think I paid over $100 for it new. Looks like this:
PM me if interested.
My porter I brewed last friday is fermenting quite well. I should be ready to bottle by the end of the month
THIS kit along with a copper wort chiller and a 5 gallon brew pot at a minimum. That'll get him started and allow him to make some decent beer with the ability to upgrade pretty easily.
I brewed with a 5 gallon pot for years...then I went all grain and now have an 8 gallon pot. However, still use the same wort chiller and other equipment.
As for brewing regularly, he is an avid drinker who has been wanting to get into home brewing for awhile. He has a few friends that brew and he has been envious of them. Now that they are redoing the kitchen, he will have all the space he needs brew as much as he can*depending on work*.