Home brew / wine making

Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby G for George on Thu 23 Nov 2017, 6:39 pm

I've never tried anything other than standard brewing sugar for priming, I might try some spray malt to experiment. Finally got round to starting my Christmas brew this week, ten days later than I'd planned. 2kg of light malt extract, 300g of mixed black and crystal malt whole grains, and 500g of brewing sugar. Should be about 36 pints of 5.8ish% ale. Challenger and Goldings hops for flavour, might dry hop with a few citra hops for aroma. Amazingly for me, the starting gravity was exactly what the recipe said it should be! Hopefully it'll be ready for the week before Christmas
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby Big Eric on Thu 23 Nov 2017, 6:48 pm

Nice one, G for George - what's your address? :grin:
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby G for George on Thu 23 Nov 2017, 6:58 pm

Look for the house with the confused looking man struggling to get his front door key in the lock. My house is next door to that one :biggrin:
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby speedbird2639 on Thu 23 Nov 2017, 7:42 pm

There are going to be a lot of tired UKARian livers come January if all this moonshine gets consumed over the Xms break!
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 12:36 pm

Mine won't be ready until after Christmas, so it'll last a bit longer :lol:

In the process of bottling my final batch of mead -- it should have been sweet, given the amount of honey used ( about 2.7Kg ) but to me it's turned out dry and very sharp.
Finishing SG was about 1.065, so about 13% ABV, similar to the other 2 batches.

Trying to decide what to do next.
I've just started another 5L batch of red wine ( Rioja Tinto ) from a kit I picked up cheap.
Just bought a 23L cider kit for under £10 ( Black Rock ) so might do that as 15L.
Undecided as to whether to start the Pils or another ale.
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby G for George on Sun 03 Dec 2017, 8:41 pm

Transferred my brew to the pressure barrel today. Final gravity was 1.008. It's a lovely colour, and a nice flavour, just needs to clear up. Hopefully the gelatin will work it's magic and it'll be nice and clear for Christmas. Only downside was that whilst purging the barrel with gas, I discovered that the valve on the lid is damaged. I'll have to replace it before I can pressurise it with co2. Hopefully the natural gas from the yeast will be good for the first couple of gallons.
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby Brevet Cable on Sun 03 Dec 2017, 11:39 pm

One of the reasons I use bottles instead of barrels, if anything goes wrong it won't affect the whole batch.

Just think, you've got a good excuse to drink it faster "in case it starts to go off" ! :lol:
Some of the pubs I go to still have kegged 'guest ales' & they use natural pressurisation without problems ( other than how long it takes to pour a pint ) :biggrin:
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby G for George on Mon 04 Dec 2017, 8:05 pm

Just drew a small amount off to see if the barrel is holding pressure and it seems OK. Quite lively actually, which after 24 hours is promising.
I used to try those sort of excuses for drinking too much, unfortunately she knows me too well by now :lol:
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby Brevet Cable on Wed 06 Dec 2017, 12:13 pm

Just decided to start the batch of Pils.
Making it as a 12L batch so in theory it didn't need any added sugar, but I've decided to give it a boost by adding 500g of extra-light spraymalt.
I'll also be using 'Mangrove Jack's M54 Californian Lager' yeast, as it's designed to ferment at higher temperatures than normal lager yeast ( 20C or so, similar to 'Ale' yeasts ) so no need to mess around finding somewhere with a consistent cool temperature ( 8-12C ) whilst it's brewing.

Just waiting for it to cool down enough to add the yeast.
** SG reading at 20C was 1.06 ( the instructions with the kit say that - without sugar - it should be 1.042 for 4.5% ABV )....the finishing SG is supposed to be around 1.01, so theoretically a starting SG of 1.06 would mean about 6.5% ABV :dizzy:
From the previous kit, it wouldn't surprise me if the finishing SG doesn't get down that far, but I'd be chuffed if it did :biggrin:

** Edited to reflect the SG reading**
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Re: Home brew / wine making

Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 09 Dec 2017, 3:28 pm

Stopped my latest batch of wine today, so be bottling that in a couple of days.

Unexpectedly, the Pils didn't to a volcano impression.....in fact, the fermentation's been extremely sedate.
Checked the SG earlier ( 3 days after starting it ) and it's down to 1.02 ( about 5.3% ABV :biggrin: ) so it's obviously working.
Doesn't look like a normal Pils at the moment, though, it's dark enough to match an IPA, tastes more malty than a normal Pils too.....think the DME I added may have turned a Belgian Pils into a German Pils :lol:
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