Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Kettle

The Official Home Brew Thread

149 posts in this topic

i've been able to keep it in the range the yeast calls for, but on the high end. fall is here though so i should be able to get it to the low end now. the wort chiller should make a big difference though because i'll be able to cool down faster. Now that I have it and a 36 qt pot i'm going to full-volume boils.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yea... make a swamp cooler or something. When I dropped my fermentation temps from high 70s into the 60s my beer went from "pretty good" to "goddamn!"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i'm around 72 most of the time. once the hvac has to be switched to heat it will be at 68.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I may do my IPA tomorrow. Hopefully I will find the time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Been a while since anyone posted. Hows that cider mmmbeans? Whats anyone else doing, or received as gifts?

I got a couple of kits for christmas. Smoked porter and whiskey barrel stout. I also got some cash as gifts and got myself a bottle tree and another bucket as well as a fifth of Jameson. The oak chips in the stout kit had no whiskey smell so I'm soaking them until its time for them to be used.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

this isnt a beer recipe but more of a hard lemonade recipe called SKEETER PEE

http://skeeterpee.com/?page_id=17

has a good kick and tastes like lemonade- I back sweeten mine with non calorie sweetner and it makes a low calorie refreshing alcohol drink - you can use all the same gear you use brewing beer but will need maybe a couple things like tannin.

caution- women seem to love it and you cant taste the 10% alcohol content so beware

it gets done in only about 5 weeks too- a 5 gallon batch costs me about $ 10 to make

:jc:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Been a while since anyone posted. Hows that cider mmmbeans? Whats anyone else doing, or received as gifts?

I got a couple of kits for christmas. Smoked porter and whiskey barrel stout. I also got some cash as gifts and got myself a bottle tree and another bucket as well as a fifth of Jameson. The oak chips in the stout kit had no whiskey smell so I'm soaking them until its time for them to be used.

cider is still aging... put some spices into it today actually. think i'm going to bottle in a month and see how it tastes by march. i tasted it a few months ago and it was still way harsh.

Just got back from san diego, went on a tour of Stone Brewery... inspired me to try all-grain so I'm in the process of converting the cooler i use to ferment to double as a mash tun... Gonna be interesting.

Drinking a winter warmer ale right now... delish. will be much better in another few weeks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did the whiskey barrel stout last night while watching the cotton bowl. Its the first mistake free batch I've done. I'm a little hungover though from all the bock I drank. Six high gravity beers is too many.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The bourbon barrel porter I did was one of my favorites so far...

Don't cheap out on the whiskey.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Of course not. Already got Jameson, and I decided to soak the chips in it rather than just mixing it in. How did you incorporate it into your porter?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Soaked cubes for 3 or 4 days then dumped everything in. I also used a full pint of bourbon.

Make sure to keep your chips, you can reuse them. I didn't know that. :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

just wanted to share my latest finding. www.bottlemark.com

I just made custom bottle caps with this image at twelve cents each.

Gorilla_Face_02.jpg

Pretty Sweet!

Soaked cubes for 3 or 4 days then dumped everything in. I also used a full pint of bourbon.

Make sure to keep your chips, you can reuse them. I didn't know that. :(

What would you reuse the chips for? Wouldn't they impart the first beer's flavors onto the next one?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites