Finally took the time to Brew again!

Finally took the time to Brew again!

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    Finally took the time to Brew again!

    At one point in time I was an avid home brewer(beer) but I just haven't had the time in the last few years to brew at all. A couple months ago I came across an old boxed kit that was given to me by a well meaning friend. I'm an all grain brewer, I had put the box aside and forgot about it. I picked a Wye Yeast slant the next day and then forgot about it again till two days ago when I finally made up a starter for the two month old (refrigerated)yeast.

    Well, I decide to take some me time and brewed that kit today. I'm not sure how it will turn out though. The kit had been sitting a shelf in my pantry for 2 years. Everything was sealed up tight and it was a quality "Dead Guy Ale" clone kit, but the hops pellets loose potency over time and the dry malt extract was a bit caked...We'll see how it fares in a month or so.

    The lock is bubbling like crazy so at least my yeast starter was a success!
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    I use to make Kombucha tea, it is a bit like making wine since it's fermented.


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    Just waiting for it to cool down a bit more, need to keep the temp between 68 and 72 for best fermentation.
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    When I was brewing frequently I had started setting up for lagering. wired a PID controller up to an old fridge, built fermenter stands in it. I just never actually did any lager brews. Though I did have a Marzen brew turn out very nicely with an ale yeast substitution.

    Maybe I'll get back at it.
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    I just kegged up my IPA this past Monday, waiting for it to carbonate up. I'm an all grain brewer as well and generally make my own recipes. This IPA, which I call my Chinade O'Connor IPA, is basically 2 row, some Crystal 40, Carapils and some corn sugar to help dry it out...and about 7 ounces of hops, about half Chinook and half Cascade. One of my favorite brews...
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    I'm a hop head when it comes to IPAs. The more the better! Which is why I haven't brewed any of my own. The $ for the hops is nuts for a recipe like a 90 minute or Ruination. I tended more towards stouts and blondes.

    I did a weird recipe with 2 row, wild rice and buck wheat. I called it Buck Wild Blonde. I'll have to dig the recipe out and try it again. It wasn't what I expected but very good none the less.

    The best recipe I ever turned out was supposed to be a peated Wee Heavy but I missed the final gravity by a few points so it was more a smoked English Ale. In fact I took first place in the "Other" category at the Youngstown Italian Fest Brew Off with it and it was second choice for best in show. I labeled that one "Smoke gets in your eye"(it was heavily peated).
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    There ain't no such thing as a free lunch and the moon really is a harsh mistress....

    That being said... Send a 6 pack to St. Louis.... Sounds delicious!
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    In the backwoods of Virginia (where I used to live), my favorite home brews were clear and were used to make "Apple Pie."
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    I spent many an evening in deer camp on Big Sewell Mt. warmed by locally produced plum brandy. There's nothing like it available commercially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    There ain't no such thing as a free lunch and the moon really is a harsh mistress....

    That being said... Send a 6 pack to St. Louis.... Sounds delicious!
    Sorry, I bottled one batch then started kegging and never cleaned, sanitized or filled another bottle(except for the occasional contest entry). Too labor intensive. Not to mention the bAtf might say something about me distributing beer.
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