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Title: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 04, 2011, 10:50:43 AM
I'll start a new thread for my trip reports and all that...leave the Homebrewing thread for generic news and discussion. This way, I can fag the thread up with pictures of me covered in mold and yeast and going blind.

Looks like this month will be more about all the equipment slowly making it's way to my front door.

So far, a five gallon brewpot and the maestro beer kit featuring overpriced food buckets you could have gotten on ebay for a dollar has come to a total of $100.

There are some more odds and ends, suggested by Palmer's How to Brew guide,  which shouldn't cost more than $20. Plus I'm going to go ahead and buy the ingredients for the sample recipe in Palmer's book (probably another $20).

By the way... How to Brew is going to be my bible through this:

How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0937381888?ie=UTF8&tag=santafewriterspr&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0937381888)

It's an incredibly well put together guidebook.  An older version (1999) is free online: http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

The print version (2006) has been updated to reflect the resurgence of homebrewing, and the easier availability of equipment and ingredients.

My first problem has been finding a place in my apartment for the fermentor. We have communist heating so, during the winter, my apartment is a steady 85 degrees.  Over the last couple days, I've been staking out closets. The only ones that are below 75 are in my bedroom and in the hallway. My bedroom is easier to control as it has windows and a window unit air conditioner, so that'll be the spot for bubbling buckets of goo.

The first beer will be whatever generic shit comes with the kit.  Generic Ale! I mainly intend it to be a (not quite so) dry run, of sorts. Just go through all the steps and get the hang of things.  Since I expect to fuck it up, and since ingredients included with a beer kit are always sub-par, I expect most of Generic Ale to go down the drain.

Sadly, it'll tie up my fermentor for a couple weeks... But I'm going to be ready on bottling day with the first real beer run -- the "Cincinnati Pale Ale" that is the example recipe Palmer used in How to Brew.

Overall, it'll be March before I have anything palatable. UPS says most of the major equipment I need for Generic Ale will be here by the weekend, so I'll plan on the Generic Ale brew day on the 14th (though activity will start on Tuesday the 11th). It'll be in the fermenting bucket till the 28th, then bottled.  Cincinnati Pale Ale brew day will be on the 30th.

Generic Ale should be ready for pouring down the drain (or drinking, if I'm lucky) on February 11th, and the Cincinnati on the 27th of February.

If I get the hang of this (and enjoy it), then my plan is to get a second fermenting bucket and airlock (which should only run me about 20 bucks) and have two batches going at once. That way I can keep the lagers and ales flowing and also mess around with more complicated and/or experimental stuff.

Long term questions: What am I going to do with all this beer?

Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 05, 2011, 02:04:15 PM
Okay.... Ordered the ingredients for five gallons of "Cincinnati Pale Ale." Total cost: $40 (including shipping).

So that's about 75 cents per bottle of beer. It'll be less if I start driving up to get my ingredients in Columbia.

And I could just ferment my urine and make Tecate for zero dollars a bottle!

I like this hobby already!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 05, 2011, 09:07:38 PM
Equipment arrived! It didn't come with ingredients, so...we'll start with the Cincinnati. It's actually a very posh kit... I don't need any extra equipment.

So, waiting on ingredients... Hopefully they'll be here before Tuesday so I can start on the yeast. Which also means one night next week will be set aside for freakout cleaning and sterilization.  Then brew day next Friday!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 05, 2011, 09:10:53 PM
So when I read about an apartment complex in your neighborhood blowing up, I should just go about my business? Is that what you're saying?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 05, 2011, 09:26:23 PM
Well, that's always been true.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2011, 11:01:59 AM
Still waiting on ingredients (should arrive today) and my five gallon brewpot (somewhere in transit, untrackable). On Sunday, I'm driving across the Potomac Ocean to pick up 12 old style flip-top liter-sized bottles for 20 bucks.  Nice.

Hopefully everything's in hand by next Tuesday and I'll be able to start operations leading into a Friday brew day.

Now, impatient and bored, I've been getting everything ready for a massive cleaning/sterilization freakout.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2011, 09:43:05 PM
Ingredients are here...but no brew pot! Which now has me worried... It's late.

Don't need it till Friday, but I was going to start on the yeast on Tuesday and I don't want to do that without the brew pot on hand. Bah.  But cool to have all the ingredients, at least.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 09, 2011, 08:51:49 AM
I'm driving 30 miles to Alexandria for a clandestine Craigslist pickup! A case of old-style flop-top liter-sized bottles. An awesome find at 20 bucks.

Thanks to my natural Maryland fear of Virginia, I scheduled the pick-up for 10am Sunday under the hope that the Beltway will be calm and quiet.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 09, 2011, 11:58:57 AM
Okay! Missing only the big brewpot, here's my equipment so far:

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatsociety.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2011%2F01%2Fbrewequipment.jpg&hash=f903beab1783550863a8999c1d035e22b1b1b5f7)
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 09, 2011, 05:02:04 PM
Having a hell of a time finding simple recipes.  I want to keep everything very easy and simple for the first two or three rounds. So Cincinnati Pale Ale is first, then I'm going to do a Kolsch that Maryland Homebrew suggests. Unless I end up with amazing beer the first couple times, I'll just repeat those two recipes till I'm comfortable. Then move into crazier shit. (And get a secondary fermenter so I can have two brews going at once -- standard and experimental.)

Tempted to take off half a day as soon as the brewpot arrives and make that the brew day.

Gosh. I haven't been this anxious about a hobby since I put Lego Town System Airport on my Christmas list in 1985!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: Cassander on January 09, 2011, 05:50:25 PM
i'm going to one-up you and start distilling my own whiskey.  we'll see who's more talented...in 8 to 12 years!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 09, 2011, 06:53:32 PM
That picture looks like it will someday be filed under "crime scene evidence."
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 09, 2011, 07:00:06 PM
That picture looks like it will someday be fileed under "crime scene evidence."

I should have included the ingredients for the first brew.  That stuff looks like fertilizer and C4.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: Cassander on January 13, 2011, 12:02:38 AM
"The attacker suggested that 'This Bud's for you..and you, and you!' as he continued to lob improvised incendiary devices into the crowd."
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 18, 2011, 08:03:23 PM
My indignant customer emails sure got a response. With profuse apologies, they shipped the brew pot yesterday two day air.  Tracking number says it'll be here before 10am tomorrow.

I'll be at work... But -- yay! Brew day this week! I'll probably do it Friday in an all night freakout.

So it'll be something like the first week in March before the beer is ready. I'll sample it and, if it's worthy, local folks should plan on a beer party.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2011, 11:16:20 AM
Well, I have an early AM dentist appointment, so Sunday will be brew day. Wake up, sanitize everything, sit in the kitchen and stare at boiling water for a few hours, dump it all in a bucket that'll sit in my closet and make funny noises for a week or so, and there we go! Nacho Beer!

Been reading about using plastic water jugs as carboys and am debating grabbing one from work and starting on a second batch of something.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2011, 11:45:35 AM
Brew day! Going to launch into hours of sanitizing and boiling water right...now!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2011, 02:06:39 PM
An hour in and I just started the wort. Waiting for a boil, which will take awhile, then 60 minutes of racing around adding shit and stirring it frantically. Right now it's ass water and I'm sitting on a stool watching shit on the laptop and inhaling the hops like an addict. God, they smell great.

So everything should be in the fermenter within the next 2-3 hours and ready to get going.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2011, 03:21:28 PM
So what did smell like ass now smells much better as I start in on the hops (a 60 minute boiling process, with hops going in at various intervals).

Now it just smells like I'm boiling lots of beer.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2011, 04:05:42 PM
Done!  Now it hits the ice bath for a half hour... Then into the bucket and done!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2011, 04:57:37 PM
Whew!  So that was four solid hours of work. Lots of sitting around and watching, but everything on timers and no chance to wander away for more than a few minutes. Then, at the end, hefty lifting and pouring and sifting and shaking and aerating.

But...done. The fermenter is now sitting in the little box home where it'll live for the next two weeks.

I'm not very confident that I did everything the right way. But, then, I'm fully prepared that this batch will go down the drain.  So...we'll see.

Now, I'm bleary eyed and spent. Going to sit here and stare blankly at whatever is done downloading...

The tentative date when this brew will be ready for drinking -- assuming it's done fermenting and conditioning on time, and assuming it's actually drinkable -- is March 4th. So pencil in March 5th-6th for the first beer party! We'll have a better idea of what's what in a couple weeks.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2011, 07:51:38 AM
And... No activity.  Could still be working but, if nothing by tonight, then I may have one of many problems, from nothing bad to a ruined batch.  I'll probably have to pry it open and take a look tomorrow night if it remains inactive.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2011, 07:57:39 PM
Okay...hour 52 and no activity, so I go and open it up.  First -- out comes the airlock. And -- plop! -- the little airtight washer for the airlock hole drops into the bucket.  Oh fuck. 

I get it open and...it's beautiful! It's perfect! It's filled almost to the top with a beautiful, healthy, krausen (or whatever they call it). So, if I'd waited just another day, all would have been fine.

I quickly got the lid back on (the washer sunk) and clumsily taped the airlock down like a retard, sanitizing everything behind me. 

Chances are, because I opened it and fucked with it, that I ruined this batch. But...at least I know that I didn't do anything wrong. And I've learned not to go by the book.  If it takes longer than 48 hours, then so be it.

Fingers crossed -- it's early still, and everything was sanitized, and it was only exposed to the air for a couple minutes, and it should be pretty much airtight again.  Maybe my fucking around will be forgiven.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2011, 08:20:54 PM
When's the first tasting again?

Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2011, 08:37:30 PM
When's the first tasting again?



IF I didn't just destroy this batch. it'll be in March. Technically, by the book, it'll be ready March 4th. But I think it'll be more like March 12th.

I won't be completely in the dark, though.  In two weeks or so, I'll move it to the bottling bucket, if it's calmed down. I'll have a pretty clear idea at that point if it's turned out okay. Then it needs to condition in the bottles for another two weeks or so.

Once I bottle this batch, I'l turn around and brew up a second batch. My goal is five gallons a month! I'll stick invitations onto the neighbor's doors. Free beer! Come and drink it through a siphon hose out of my empty skull!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2011, 08:46:32 PM
I'll be a bit heartbroken if I did fuck it up... It looked and smelled perfect after just two days. It's not yet beery, but it has this sweet yeasty smell. Lovely. The next batch will just be a repeat of this one, I think. I'm already hooked on this. The brew day was great fun.  I just sat on a barstool in the kitchen and plowed through shitty TV that's been sitting on my harddrive. Lots to do, lots of pot watching, and clock watching, but still very relaxing.  Like being in the cooking bubble...except it went on for four hours.  A great way to spend a lazy Sunday.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2011, 09:20:44 PM
Hobbies like that are great. There's a zen quality to slow, methodical creation. It nourishes the soul.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 03:39:14 PM
Still no airlock activity...but certainly it's working inside.  So...I think the fermenter is not airtight. I think I worked the little washer loose when I first put the airlock in (which is why it fell in so easily). So the mistake was at the very beginning.  I'll still ride it out for a couple weeks.  Give it the college try.

Once the fermenter is cleaned out, I'll play around with it and see if the problem was operator error or if it's not actually airtight.

I realize now that I should have gone for the carboy option.  I didn't want a big fuck-off glass thing bubbling and cooking next to me for two weeks, but it would be nice to actually have eyes on the process.  Since a second fermenter is on my list of things to pick up, I'll just go that route...

God... At this rate, there'll be no Nacho beer till April!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2011, 08:59:33 PM
Okay...took out a sample to test it. The hydrometer is not working... Which doesn't make sense.  Going to ask a buddy who's a former brewer about that.

The color is a pleasant red, like watered down Sam Adams. Which isn't right, but... Well, that doesn't matter.

It's flat (which is normal -- carbonation occurs during the bottling process), so it's hard to get a bead on whether or not it's crap.  It's hoppy, not yeasty, and has a little bit of a bite to it... And it's not disgusting.  I guess that's a good sign if flat, 70 degree beer that's been sitting at that temperature for two weeks is actually somewhat palatable.

No sign of bacteria or other nastiness, and no off flavors or smells. So maybe I lucked out? I'll try it again on Monday and bottle next week sometime.  Brew 2 will be on the 12th, and I'll try to correct some of the things I know went wrong with brew one. I'm also going to carefully check the equipment, because I'm wondering if the fermenter is a lemon...
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2011, 01:49:38 PM
Bottled!  I need more bottles... Had to send about a gallon and a half down the drain. 

So it hasn't changed since the last report.  Which, I guess, is good.  Bottling was an experience, though.  I'm covered in beer...and so's the kitchen.  So the cleanup took more time than the whole bottling process.

Now I can sit and watch the bottles explode and cover my bedroom in four gallons of sticky, flat beer.  I am a little worried about the carbonation process.

I have a couple of small sample bottles.  The first will be opened one week from today to see how things are going, and if the beer is carbonated. If not, then the two week mark should be when we're golden.

Anybody have a garage full of old flip top bottles so I can get started on the next brew?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 05, 2011, 01:52:42 PM
You need to start drinking Grolsch.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2011, 01:54:53 PM
I guess so. Put out the word, though. Tell people flip-top bottles are dangerous and poisonous and you'll be glad to take them to the special recall center in Delaware.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 05, 2011, 02:44:12 PM
I'll start picking up Grolsch. Do they even still do the crazy flip top bottles?

Have you looked into brewing suppliers that sell that style of bottle?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2011, 02:46:02 PM
Yeah. That's what I'm using now... But five gallons is lots of bottles! And, looking ahead, I can't do another brew unless I can drink five gallons of beer in 3-4 weeks.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2011, 12:45:34 PM
Home brew buddy was over last night, inspected my handiwork, and filled me with renewed hope.  Everything's on track. He advises trying the beer 10 days after I bottled it (which is the 15th). Should be ready to consume in mass quantities after that!

Next up is a Pilsner, which I'll probably brew on the 19th during my staycation weekend (where I'm supposedly going to write 20,000 words and finish up the Gs book project manuscript).
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: Cassander on February 11, 2011, 12:53:18 PM
What about those bigger sized chimay-style bottles?  Do they make those with flip tops?  Like, a pint and 9 oz or something?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2011, 01:15:12 PM
Most of my bottles are liter sized.  I'll just save up and buy a bunch more next month.

I I'll just drink five gallons of beer every two weeks. One or the other!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2011, 11:47:51 AM
As I sit here waiting for laundry, and deciding if I have a head cold or just a brain tumor, I've been reading up on all grain brewing... I'd eventually like to graduate to that level, instead of the simple extract beginner brew stuff. But it's definitely another level of expense (for the initial added equipment) and knowledge.

I'll stick with extract brewing until I master it, and get supremely comfortable with the whole process. Then I'd really like to dive into the art and science of making beer.

Of course, we're still three days away from finding out How Awful I Really Am(tm).
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2011, 04:17:30 PM
Ain't it pretty?

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Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: Cassander on February 13, 2011, 12:09:07 PM
Let Sue be your taste-tester!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2011, 12:22:23 PM
She doesn't have the right holes.

Sadly... :fajwat:

So it'll all be up to me.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2011, 12:47:50 PM
Have you cracked yet?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2011, 01:44:24 PM
You told me not to! So I've sat here all weekend eating the last of the death cranberries and rubbing bottles on my nipples.

Though I am starting to think -- what's two days matter?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2011, 02:57:38 PM
Okay, I cracked.  I blame RC.

It pours real nice:
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And here I am with comical beard and crazy shut-in eyes!
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The taste is still a little on the flatish side, and a bit bitter.  Which might be because I opened it too soon.  I'll leave it alone till Thursday.

Or maybe it's super alcoholic.  I don't know because my tolerance is through the roof these days and I'm far too dumb to work a hydrometer.

Basically, it tastes like Sam Adams that's been opened and left out at room temperature overnight. It's still got the fizz and all that, but it's a touch stale. 

So, yeah, a few more days should pep up the taste a bit, as well as refrigeration. So I'll stick the remainder of the pictured bottle (about half at the moment! Wheee...) in the fridge on Thursday morning and finish it off when I get home from work.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2011, 03:02:06 PM

Or maybe it's super alcoholic. 

Whew!  And then I stood up!  Yeah...that's why it's so bitter.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse 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?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: Cassander on February 15, 2011, 12:42:25 AM
Nacho Beard Phase II!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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! 
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 17, 2011, 03:58:27 PM
How much beer is there again in this first batch?
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 17, 2011, 04:08:54 PM
Five gallons per batch.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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...
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 18, 2011, 02:37:29 PM
Drink until she's a '10.'
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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...
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho 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.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 25, 2011, 10:42:48 AM
They'll be no forcing. If I make it through my current crisis I plan to drink myself into a coma.

Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on February 28, 2011, 10:10:47 PM
Bottling brew #2 now.

I think I have a hit with this one. It's sweet and lovely right now! Can't wait for it to get a kick after a week in the bottles.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 19, 2011, 09:22:33 AM
Were one of your exploding bottles the one I gave you? I ask because I have another one for you.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on April 19, 2011, 10:58:15 AM
Nope! I haven't used your bottle yet...so bring it on!
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 19, 2011, 11:37:41 AM
Excellent.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on April 19, 2011, 12:15:23 PM
I'm thinking I might use your bottles to make weird enamel-eating sodas.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on July 14, 2011, 11:21:59 PM
I've now decided that the second batch is the better one... And (this is interesting), it's really good when I let it go flat. It took me a week to work through a liter bottle because I don't actually drink as much as the Nacho persona claims. So the bottle started to go just slightly flat instead of the usual super carbonated (three bottles have now exploded). Slightly flat on batch 2 is delicious. And clear. It's almost dead-on Sam Adams in color and taste.

This, then, means I fucked up something with the yeast or something...

I have now cleared enough bottles to start on batch three... Though a friend demands that I come brew with him. So...I might do that, then try a third batch.

Once I master these kits (i.e. other people can drink the results and not hit me with the bottles), I really want to move on to the hardcore crazy brewing stuff where I roast and toast and knead and filter and spend, you know, eight hours in alchemy labs.

And then I'm gonna drink myself to death.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 03, 2012, 03:03:02 PM
While cleaning out the fridge yesterday Missus RC and I found a covered pitcher with a few strawberries swimming in some wine. Since neither one of us could remember the event it was made for (a monthly dinner?), it was decided we should toss it out. I opened the pitcher expecting it to smell rank, and what I got was the smell of cheap (but not necessarily bad) beer. I can only assume the strawberries had begun to ferment.

We still threw the mixture out, but it got me thinking about fermentation and beer and just exactly what we had unknowingly begun to cook up. I'm glad Nacho wasn't here because he probably would have made me drink it.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: nacho on September 04, 2012, 07:55:50 AM
Actually, no. That wouldn't have been worth the risk! Unless we had already been drinking...
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: monkey! on September 09, 2012, 09:40:08 AM
Strawberry beer....
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 10, 2012, 09:26:20 AM
Strawberry beer....

forever.
Title: Re: Nacho's (mis)adventures in brewing
Post by: monkey! on September 10, 2012, 11:38:37 AM
*High five*