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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #45 on: February 13, 2011, 06:53:11 PM »
Didn't you also open it early on the process when you thought you had made C-4 instead instead of beer?

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #46 on: February 13, 2011, 08:29:25 PM »
I did. But that appears not to have harmed it.  It's really two very distinct stages, the brewing/fermenting and the bottling/conditioning. When I opened it to see if everything was okay, it was basically malted sugar water.

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2011, 12:42:25 AM »
Nacho Beard Phase II!
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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2011, 08:24:56 AM »
People are starting to stare at me, and one guy said I looked like a child molester. Time to shave, I guess. DC's an awesome town!

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #49 on: February 16, 2011, 08:47:10 PM »
Taste test #2 -- the "I have a cold so I shouldn't be drinking high proof beer" test.

It's much more carbonated. The flavor is starting to mature -- I get the impression that it would like to be in the bottles for something like 2-3 weeks. Still a bitter alcohol aftertaste. 

I'm going to put a bottle in the fridge tomorrow morning and see how it is cold. The other bottles I'm going to let sit for another week or so.

I'll have plenty left over for Battle: LA, RC! 

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #50 on: February 17, 2011, 03:12:23 PM »
Doing some prelim work for the second brew today. I'll brew it up tomorrow and worry about buying more bottles in two weeks.

The second brew is a Pilsner kit. And a slight upgrade in hops -- I'll be using whole leaf instead of pellets.

A bottle of the first brew has been in the fridge since this morning, so I'll see what that's like in a couple hours.

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #51 on: February 17, 2011, 03:58:27 PM »
How much beer is there again in this first batch?

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #52 on: February 17, 2011, 04:08:54 PM »
Five gallons per batch.

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #53 on: February 17, 2011, 04:21:46 PM »
Okay...the chilled version still has that harsh alcoholic/medicinal aftertaste. So, on one hand, it's not necessarily an enjoyable beer to drink... But it is still drinkable.

Palmer's book suggests that the root of the problem is a high fermentation temperature. Which is exactly the problem I had since I can't control the fucking communist heating in the apartment. The fermenting bucket saw temperatures range from the standard 80 that my apartment maintains through the winter and 47 when we lost power for three days during the "thundersnow."

So, basically, the batch is ruined. But...it won't cause you any harm and it's not offensive.  And it's boozy. So... Whatever. I've drunk worse!

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #54 on: February 17, 2011, 10:22:40 PM »
Oh-ho! So, moving away from that clear sample bottle into the proper brown beer bottles and this stuff is pretty good. It's more like drinking straight-up alcoholic wort. There's no real taste to it besides that. Which makes sense because this is all canned, packaged stuff. If I want to start getting beer that tastes like the stuff off the shelf, I want to move into all-grain and the real art and science of all this. Right now it's basically hobo beer -- boil water, add a can of shit, dump in other shit, stare blankly at it for an hour.

I actually did the second brew today...and had a few disasters because I'm feverish and out of my mind. It's a pilsner, but I don't have high hopes for it. My new concern is getting a more robust taste.  I'm going to move into stouts and porters after this. One of each, using kits. Just get the process down so I'm not having to read through a checklist. Then I'm going to get into the serious stuff.

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #55 on: February 18, 2011, 12:21:03 PM »
Nice! Brew two is active and bubbling away. An improvement on brew one's activity.

And I drank a liter of beer yesterday!

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #56 on: February 18, 2011, 02:29:42 PM »
Man... Just cracked another bottle. Brew one is actually pretty good. You know, after you drink a liter of it...

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #57 on: February 18, 2011, 02:37:29 PM »
Drink until she's a '10.'

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #58 on: February 23, 2011, 08:56:10 PM »
Every bottle of brew #1 is different. Which means I fucked up.  But, still, when you hit a good bottle... It's awesome.

There are only five bottles left, too! Man...I plowed through this stuff.

Brew #2 will be bottled in a few days. Then I'll take a break for a bit and clear bottles...

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Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
« Reply #59 on: February 24, 2011, 05:54:31 PM »
Decided to borrow a friend's carboy and devote one of my fermenters to this:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-i-love-apfelwein-14860/

Sounds awesome.

Thanks to a We Love DC article (which has a one gallon recipe):

http://www.welovedc.com/2011/02/24/we-love-drinks-homebrew-your-own-hard-cider/

But I want to go all out!  Five gallons. Then force RC to drink all of while I take notes.