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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #30 on: August 09, 2014, 05:55:36 PM »
Making my first batch o' beer today! Rye IPA. Might dry-hop with the Centennial hops I planted. They're not quite ready but....

Rock on, dude! A definite urban achievement! 8)

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2014, 11:13:49 AM »
Dry hopping makes for an awesome brew. I'm sucking back on a simple blonde ale I make that I also dry hopped.  So it's like a light IPA.

So what's your method - DME, LME, partial mash, all-grain, full boil...?

That sounds like a stellar Summer beer, there.

Started with a kit from a local brewshop. DME, 5lb specialty malt steep, four-stage hop infusion, full-boil, and added the optional Irish Moss. One of the dudes helping me, the experienced one, called the set up "a little bit precious" because of all the elements and steps but conceded the smell was righteous.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Batch No. 1 turns out, learning some lessons, and moving out of the kit/extract stage.

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2014, 10:08:37 PM »
BEER-MERGENCY! My stuff is fermenting its balls off.

The airlock has been breached. Repeat: the airlock has been breached.

The stuff is coming up quite zestfully. I googled the problem and attached an excess hose to the airlock tube. Any idea if this works and/or whether it will contaminate things? I sanitized everything I could and the end of the hose is sitting in sanitizer. Still, things may very well be fucked here.

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2014, 03:01:27 PM »
BEER-MERGENCY! My stuff is fermenting its balls off.

The airlock has been breached. Repeat: the airlock has been breached.

The stuff is coming up quite zestfully. I googled the problem and attached an excess hose to the airlock tube. Any idea if this works and/or whether it will contaminate things? I sanitized everything I could and the end of the hose is sitting in sanitizer. Still, things may very well be fucked here.

Keep the other end of the hose in a bucket of water or sanitizer and it should be fine but i'd watch it just to be sure.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2014, 03:06:03 PM by Kinku »

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2014, 06:21:50 PM »
Coincidentally, I started a batch this weekend. I have yet to try dry-hopping. Maybe next batch.

My first batch was a disaster, JG, so good on you getting away with just an airlock breach.  My boil pot was too small, so 1st batch's wort bubbled all over my stove. Godawful mess, and not a tasty brew at the end of fermentation.  Most of my homebrewing buddies agreed: just accept that the first batch sucks and plan the second. Maybe you get to skip the bad batch stage.

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #35 on: August 11, 2014, 06:59:37 PM »
Yeah, I had a bit of help on this first batch. I still suspect it'll be a learning experience. If nothing else, I've learned I want a wort-cooler!

You'll get it down, Madman, and be sipping the grain-based elixir of the gods in no time!

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2014, 11:20:47 PM »
Kinku and I recently scored some hops from a local brewer who grew some of his own. We dried them and vacuum sealed them for later use.

We'll figure out a good recipe and tell you how it goes.
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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #37 on: August 11, 2014, 11:40:31 PM »
Excellent. I'm waiting on my Centennials to ripen on up. I've dried a few but - based on extensive YouTube research - think the best is yet to come. The chick who sleeps on the other side of my bed (i.e., wife) likes hop tea. So that's cool.

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #38 on: August 12, 2014, 03:20:24 PM »
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You'll get it down, Madman, and be sipping the grain-based elixir of the gods in no time!

Oh, that first disaster was like 20 years ago. I've since made some pretty good beer.  What needs improvement now is consistency - I kept fiddling with recipes, moved to new cities, changed suppliers, etc., making reproducing that last good batch hard to do.  Current batch is ticking away happily behind the bar. I think tonight I'll rack into the other carboy to get it off the old yeast and such.

And yeah - a wort chiller is great to have, dude. I hated waiting forever to pitch the yeast.  Plus the end result is clearer.

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2014, 12:48:24 PM »
Got a chili wine that is in the clearing phase just now, you get a short blast of sweet taste before that's replaced by heat at the level of a medium currey, definitely not a glugging wine for health and safety reasons.
recommend home brewing, there's a satisfaction from creating something that could potentially blow your mind. 
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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #40 on: September 06, 2014, 01:20:50 PM »
Today is a busy day at the brewery (i.e., dining room). Need to start bottle conditioning a Belgian Triple, keg a Banana Oatmeal Stout, and transfer a Cider to the secondary. My first batch, the Rye IPA, should be ready to drink today, too!

Now I just need to decide on a name. Thinking about "The Witch's Nipple Brewing Co." or "Caveat Emptor Brewing." Preferences or alternatives from the peanut gallery?

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #41 on: September 08, 2014, 03:58:18 PM »
This thread gives me a happy peaceful  sensation, which is why I read it at work.

Chili wine sounds pretty novel. What supplies the yeast food, just the peppers, fruit juice, malt? I might try brewing a gallon for fun.

JG: "Abidin' Alehouse" maybe?

I just chilled a keg of what I'm going to call a mild IPA. Not enough malt, so I'm going to add about pound and bump the hops proportionally. Used Citra hops for the first time, and the grapefruit note it added brought the whole room together, you might say. Didn't carbonate well either, so I may try and force some CO2 and see if that helps.

Cheers!
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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #42 on: September 23, 2014, 01:42:57 AM »
Another Dude brewer here. Nice to see a thread on brewing!

I've got an American Brown Ale on tap right now, a British Special Bitter (called Bitter Bruce, after Bruce Campbell) fermenting, and a smoked porter and pumpkin ale lined up to be brewed in the next couple of weeks.

So, any ideas on what a dudeist priest should listen to on brew day? How about any special homages to the beer being brewed?

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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #43 on: September 23, 2014, 03:00:08 AM »
 ;D Maybe Dudeism should have an annual "Dude Beer Day."


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Re: Spent some time checking out brewing...
« Reply #44 on: September 23, 2014, 03:09:51 PM »
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Maybe Dudeism should have an annual "Dude Beer Day."

Why annual? Why not weekly? That way we're less hung up on dates, and abide better.  But that's just, you know, my opinion.

 

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