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(Some brewing Guy)   Fire up the kettle and break out your wort chiller. Tomorrow is National Learn to Homebrew Day   (homebrewersassociation.org) divider line 115
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2012-11-02 01:19:23 PM  
I'm not brewing tomorrow but I am planning to start a winter warmer on Sunday.
 
2012-11-02 01:20:23 PM  
I have a coffee chocolate stout that should be ready to drink tomorrow.  
 
2012-11-02 01:33:06 PM  
I didn't realize it was tomorrow. However, I'm prepared. Tomorrow I'll be doing a mocha oatmeal stout and a holiday-spiced strong ale.
 
2012-11-02 01:40:00 PM  
That's tomorrow? I'll celebrate by sharing my honey porter with the friends that usually stand and watch the kettle boil.
 
2012-11-02 01:43:39 PM  
Oi kavult! I read that as "Hebrew".
 
2012-11-02 01:47:04 PM  
That's great.
Really.
Only problem is, why would I spend all my time making beer when Bud Light and Corona are already perfect?
Leave beer-making to the big boys, people.
Leave it to people with centuries of brewing experience.
 
2012-11-02 01:52:12 PM  

Diogenes: Oi kavult! I read that as "Hebrew".


i did too. oy vey.
 
2012-11-02 02:25:43 PM  

Diogenes: Oi kavult! I read that as "Hebrew".


i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-11-02 02:29:01 PM  

BooBoo23: That's tomorrow? I'll celebrate by sharing my honey porter with the friends that usually stand and watch the kettle boil.


I have a honey ale kegged and ready for drinking on Tuesday.
 
2012-11-02 02:33:54 PM  

GreenAdder: That's great.
Really.
Only problem is, why would I spend all my time making beer when Bud Light and Corona are already perfect?
Leave beer-making to the big boys, people.
Leave it to people with centuries of brewing experience.


0/10
 
2012-11-02 02:37:05 PM  
I'm going to a brew festival tonight, and have a beer I could make tomorrow. I have a bunch of stuff to do tomorrow though, so it might get pushed to Sunday.
 
2012-11-02 03:16:32 PM  
I've got a berliner weisse, a milk stout and a scotch ale going right now. Going to bottle the berliner weisse this weekend and brew me a barleywine.
 
2012-11-02 03:30:39 PM  
Last time I tried homebrew was two years ago with a honey mead recipe. It was so goddamn strong, but at the same time undrinkable. Still got the carboy, maybe I'll try something else in the future.
 
2012-11-02 03:46:18 PM  
Have ten gallons of ballpark red burbling away as we speak.

/burble
//burble burble
///burble burble burble
 
2012-11-02 03:46:35 PM  
gopher321: Last time I tried homebrew was two years ago with a honey mead recipe. It was so goddamn strong, but at the same time undrinkable. Still got the carboy, maybe I'll try something else in the future.

You got any of the mead left over? I bet it's pretty good now if you do.

/ "Pumpkin" porter conditioning in bottles
// Next up: begging SWMBO to let me do the cherry chocolate stout
 
2012-11-02 03:46:43 PM  
my wife's words : this can only end in tears...
 
2012-11-02 03:47:57 PM  

gopher321: Last time I tried homebrew was two years ago with a honey mead recipe. It was so goddamn strong, but at the same time undrinkable. Still got the carboy, maybe I'll try something else in the future.


yeah, someone should have told you, mead has to sit. you can't just tap off the carboy and drink it.

generally needs to sit for 20-30 years, according to one mead-maker i know, before it's really ready.
 
2012-11-02 03:49:42 PM  
FlashHarry: Diogenes: Oi kavult! I read that as "Hebrew".

i did too. oy vey.


L'chaim!

brewpublic.com
 
2012-11-02 03:53:55 PM  
If your a more experienced brewer, and want something amazing, try out the New Holland co.'s "Dragon's Milk"
It's about halfway down the page.

Nectar of the gods
 
2012-11-02 03:56:14 PM  
Well, I guess I'll take another crack an my own root beer. Last batch came out terrible. Need more spices and less yeast.
 
2012-11-02 03:57:04 PM  
Jubelale clone conditioning away, should be ready when I kick either the Belgian IPA (Houblon clone) or the Trippel. Also have a barleywine aging on french oak....why am I so thirsty all of a sudden?
 
2012-11-02 03:57:27 PM  
I think I'm going to go against the seasonal style and make a wheat.
 
2012-11-02 03:57:28 PM  
I have some Wee Heavy and some brown ale. I have kolsch a Bavarian helles waiting to be brewed up. Replacing struts on Saturday so maybe Sunday?
 
2012-11-02 03:57:37 PM  
I would like to toss out a trade secret here. Brewing beer is a great date activity. You get to see how she does in the kitchen. If it works out its a cool story and if not you have something to help you forget.

Meghan was ok
Brittany was good
Megan was bad
Might start an Alicia this weekend ;-)

a tip though, don't get stoned and shag during the boil stage... pick one or the other.
 
2012-11-02 03:58:54 PM  

Tango_down: I would like to toss out a trade secret here. Brewing beer is a great date activity. You get to see how she does in the kitchen. If it works out its a cool story and if not you have something to help you forget.

Meghan was ok
Brittany was good
Megan was bad
Might start an Alicia this weekend ;-)

a tip though, don't get stoned and shag during the boil stage... pick one or the other.


I remember I ruined a batch because I got drunk and fell asleep while brewing. Wish I could say it was from banging.

Either way, don't take impairing agents in large quantities while you brew, kids.
 
2012-11-02 03:59:37 PM  
Woot! More excuses to brew.

Just started a month ago, 4 brews done thus far, loving this hobby (plus, it's wife sactioned!).

Need to get to whole grain to get costs down.... Happy brewing all.

/Amber Ale finished two days ago,
//Oktoberfest is ready for consumption tonight
///Xmass ale in primary, brewed last Thurs
////Belgian (strong) Pale Ale brewed last night.
// Cool Stories and slashies don't steep very well...
 
2012-11-02 04:00:10 PM  
Started a winter warmer yesterday. Think I'll make a Belgian Double in a few weeks.
 
2012-11-02 04:00:42 PM  
Viking Blod mead clone is ready to brew this weekend. 13lbs of summer wildflower honey, some aged hops, and plenty of hibiscus and I'm ready to roll.

Should end up ~16%abv when all is said & done. If you haven't tried the original I highly suggest it, though it isn't cheap.
 
2012-11-02 04:03:48 PM  

MoronLessOff: Well, I guess I'll take another crack an my own root beer. Last batch came out terrible. Need more spices and less yeast.


What are you using as a base recipe? I've tried a few runs, but none came out too rootbeer-y. I don't have the recipe in front of me but it was mostly sarsaparilla root with licorice and some other herbs and spices.

I've had better luck with orange cream soda which was basically whole vanilla bean, orange & lemon peel, and some bitter orange peel.
 
2012-11-02 04:04:24 PM  
...only one more week until my first batch is ready. a nice, strong rasputin stout clone...

/thirsty!
 
2012-11-02 04:06:10 PM  
Been quiet in the brewery, but I've got a blackberry cider to keg. 25 lbs of blackberries in 5 gallons.
 
2012-11-02 04:06:32 PM  
My husband loves to listen to homebrewing podcasts, but we only just moved into a house where we have space for brewing a couple weeks ago. Perhaps I'll kick him into starting something in the kitschy Mr. Beer kit I got him as a joke a couple years ago until we're unpacked enough to set up for proper brewing.

/I hate beer.
 
2012-11-02 04:07:14 PM  

Diogenes: Oi kavult! I read that as "Hebrew".

 

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2012-11-02 04:09:01 PM  
Ive homebrewed once before. Sugar apple juice and yeast. It was toe curlingly terrible, but would get you blind drunk in a hurry.hmmm, maybe should give it another crack.
 
2012-11-02 04:09:02 PM  

pastorkius: MoronLessOff: Well, I guess I'll take another crack an my own root beer. Last batch came out terrible. Need more spices and less yeast.

What are you using as a base recipe? I've tried a few runs, but none came out too rootbeer-y. I don't have the recipe in front of me but it was mostly sarsaparilla root with licorice and some other herbs and spices.

I've had better luck with orange cream soda which was basically whole vanilla bean, orange & lemon peel, and some bitter orange peel.


The recipe is at home with my bottling gear. But I have sasparilla, licorice root, star anise (which smells awesome), vanilla bean (or pure extract, those beans are expensive), stick cinnamon, pure cane and brown sugar and honey. Ale yeast for in-bottle carbonation. I may have more spices, but it's been a while since I last tried.
 
2012-11-02 04:11:03 PM  

Holocaust Agnostic: Ive homebrewed once before. Sugar apple juice and yeast. It was toe curlingly terrible, but would get you blind drunk in a hurry.hmmm, maybe should give it another crack.


I've thought about doing this with some tasty cider from the local farmers' market.
 
2012-11-02 04:11:05 PM  

Holocaust Agnostic: Ive homebrewed once before. Sugar apple juice and yeast. It was toe curlingly terrible, but would get you blind drunk in a hurry.hmmm, maybe should give it another crack.


Perhaps you used too much sugar?
 
2012-11-02 04:20:35 PM  

John_Denver_Lives: I've got a berliner weisse, a milk stout and a scotch ale going right now. Going to bottle the berliner weisse this weekend and brew me a barleywine.


Wow! I too have a Berliner weisse going (not sour enough yet) a milk stout carbonating and I'm working on a wee heavy recipe right now. I also have a dubbel in primary, a mild to keg, an old bruin in secondary and absolutely no social life.
 
2012-11-02 04:22:40 PM  
Holy Carp, I forgot: I also started a Barolo and *then* I remembered the damn rye porter.

Nope. No social life.
 
2012-11-02 04:23:17 PM  
Well, ain't that some shiat? I was planning on starting a batch Saturday anyway. Nice.
 
2012-11-02 04:25:04 PM  

Treygreen13: Holocaust Agnostic: Ive homebrewed once before. Sugar apple juice and yeast. It was toe curlingly terrible, but would get you blind drunk in a hurry.hmmm, maybe should give it another crack.

Perhaps you used too much sugar?


badly balanced Ph, no tannins, and terrible mineral content(most likely NO significant mineral content as i'm willing to be store-bought apple juice in a bottle, from concentrate) are far more likely causes of terrible flavor than too much sugar. possibly bread yeast but maybe not.

starting a cider this month, going to be a whopper. rendering the juice myself and throwing in some fun additionals, rum-soaked oak chips(medium toast), a few hops, a smidge of honey, a little cinnamon and nutmeg... nothing crazy but enough to lift the apple flavor.

/brewing is science for drunken people.
 
2012-11-02 04:25:05 PM  
I love me some brewing, but fall is for cider! Once you've made your first batch, you'll never stop. No boiling, just add the yeast and go. Opened the apple pie cider a little while ago and it is awesome. Also have a bourbon barrel cider getting ready for aging.
 
2012-11-02 04:26:21 PM  
I've recently started myself.

I currently have 5 gallons of Caramel Hard Cider that just got bottled, (2) 5 gallon batches of Cherry Berry Mead racked which hopefully will be ready for my wedding next june, 5 gallons of Lime Skeeter Pee

The cider has potential but needs to sit for a few weeks still before the flavors are finished.
 
2012-11-02 04:26:40 PM  

poorjon: I love me some brewing, but fall is for cider! Once you've made your first batch, you'll never stop. No boiling, just add the yeast and go. Opened the apple pie cider a little while ago and it is awesome. Also have a bourbon barrel cider getting ready for aging.


That tears it. I'll forgo root beer this weekend and pick me up a gallon or two of cider and some fresh yeast.
 
2012-11-02 04:27:47 PM  
I had a minor failure of a wee heavy I made. Stupid me got distracted watching the bronco game and let my sparge water get too hot extracting some tannins and too many non-fermentable sugars. It's the worst beer I've made, but it's still better than bud light.

I've got an ambitious project for a snickers stout that i want to make. I just need to get around to ordering the powdered peanut butter.
 
2012-11-02 04:29:43 PM  

poorjon: I love me some brewing, but fall is for cider! Once you've made your first batch, you'll never stop. No boiling, just add the yeast and go. Opened the apple pie cider a little while ago and it is awesome. Also have a bourbon barrel cider getting ready for aging.


This seems relevant to my interests. You have a link to a recipe that's really good? This apple pie cider sounds great
 
2012-11-02 04:29:57 PM  
I only have half a batch of barleywine and a few bottle of witbier left. I have been meaning to brew for about a month now but keeping the kids looked after and the yard winiterized doen't happen by itself. Maybe this weekend I can do my servicable pilsner and porter. Neither very exciting but darn good simple drinking beers.
 
2012-11-02 04:34:36 PM  

Communist_Manifesto: poorjon: I love me some brewing, but fall is for cider! Once you've made your first batch, you'll never stop. No boiling, just add the yeast and go. Opened the apple pie cider a little while ago and it is awesome. Also have a bourbon barrel cider getting ready for aging.

This seems relevant to my interests. You have a link to a recipe that's really good? This apple pie cider sounds great

This thread is quite good for a first time cider. This is the one i am making. Its quite easy.
 
2012-11-02 04:34:59 PM  
A friend of mine has put up the brown ale he brews for the traditional Turkey Fry the weekend before Thanksgiving. It's pretty delicious.
 
2012-11-02 04:35:09 PM  

VoodooTaco: Woot! More excuses to brew.

Just started a month ago, 4 brews done thus far, loving this hobby (plus, it's wife sactioned!).

Need to get to whole grain to get costs down.... Happy brewing all.

/Amber Ale finished two days ago,
//Oktoberfest is ready for consumption tonight
///Xmass ale in primary, brewed last Thurs
////Belgian (strong) Pale Ale brewed last night.
// Cool Stories and slashies don't steep very well...


I recommend starting whole grain ASAP. Wife and I built a mash tun out of a 12-gallon cooler and never looked back.

It's not nearly as hard as you might think (if you haven't done it yet). For me it was just a matter of using more water and scheduling an extra two hours for mash time / extra cleanup.

I highly recommend the Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale (first hit on google, homebrewtalk) - my favorite batch so far.
 
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