Quantcast
  1. The site migration has been completed successfully from vBulletin to XenForo. Please be patient with the site speed until we have finished rebuilding all of the caches - it may take a few hours. If you had previously linked your Facebook account, you will have to set it up again.

    Click here for more information.
  2. The new Classifieds are in place! The goal was to provide the best balance of usability and convenience - many liked the forum system, but some preferred the granularity of the newer classifieds. Hopefully this provides a good balance.

    Sorry, data was not migrated from the old system. Please re-list your items.

    Check out the new Classifieds here!

What's fermenting now?

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by TN, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    In our closet & basement right now....
    • 5 gal. of Robust Porter ready real soon
    • 5 Gallons of aplfwein ready at x-mas
    • 1 gal. Joe's Ancient Orange Mead ready in Feb.
    • .5 gal. of 1/2 spiced cider, 1/2 mead experiment ready in Feb.
    • La's perpetual pipeline of Kombucha

    Our Holiday Spiced Ale is almost gone now & while everyone who has tasted it liked it....I don't much care for it though. :(
    #1 Dec 1, 2009   
  2. I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

    Rep  |  Likes:
    5   |   4
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    26,648
    Location:
    MTB New England
    Excellent! I'm not a big fan of those spicy ales, either. The first beer I ever tried from the Harpoon Brewery was their winter warmer, and it took a while before I tried another Harpoon beer (glad I came around though).

    I've got nothing fermenting right now. I've got about 10 cases of homebrew filling my beer shelves, so I need to work through some of it before brewing some more.

    I've got three recently bottled batches. The wit will be ready in another week. The IPA is ready and is by far the best beer I've made...my first "home run." The cherry stout is ready as well, and is quite good. I barely taste the cherry. It just tastes like a smoked porter.
    #2 Dec 1, 2009   
  3. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    Do you try your bottles before they are ready?

    We always crack one open every week until 3 weeks. Most are carbed & drinking good by one week.
    #3 Dec 1, 2009   
  4. I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

    Rep  |  Likes:
    5   |   4
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    26,648
    Location:
    MTB New England
    Yup. I usually try them at one week and two weeks too. Technically the IPA should bottle condition for two more weeks, but it is fantastic right now.

    My porters and stouts tend to need three weeks to get a good carbonation going. I tried the cherry stout at one week and it was flat. At three weeks it was ready to go.
    #4 Dec 1, 2009   
  5. BikeGeek BrewMonkey

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2001
    Messages:
    4,328
    Location:
    Hanover, PA
    6 gallons of Metheglin (spiced mead) using 15 lbs of local wildflower honey, ginger root, elderflowers, lemon zest, and cloves
    #5 Dec 1, 2009   
  6. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    That sounds good. Ever made a mead before?
    #6 Dec 2, 2009   
  7. BikeGeek BrewMonkey

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2001
    Messages:
    4,328
    Location:
    Hanover, PA
    I've used honey in plenty of beers at home and at work and even made a braggot (50/50 honey/barley malt), but other than the one batch of the Joe's "Ancient" that I dumped this is my first 100% honey fermentation.
    #7 Dec 2, 2009   
  8. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    Nothing fermenting now but last night I bottled a batch of Imperial Pilsner.



    On deck I have a Classic American Pilsner, a Braggot and the wife has a Nut Brown.
    #8 Dec 3, 2009   
  9. I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

    Rep  |  Likes:
    5   |   4
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    26,648
    Location:
    MTB New England
    Dammit, I want some of that imperial pilsner.
    #9 Dec 3, 2009   
  10. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    Becky has deemed it undrinkable (too much hops), you'll love it.
    #10 Dec 3, 2009   
  11. I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

    Rep  |  Likes:
    5   |   4
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    26,648
    Location:
    MTB New England
    Then GIMME.
    #11 Dec 3, 2009   
  12. pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2002
    Messages:
    4,526
    Location:
    seattle
    I cooked up an Ale on thanksgiving.

    9 lbs 2 row
    1 lbs Vienna
    1 lbs 80L Crystal

    Willamette Hops.
    Nottingham yeast.

    I've got about 4 different ales bottled and ready to drink.
    #12 Dec 3, 2009   
  13. Bigdroptoflat New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Messages:
    118
    Location:
    Maryland
    5 gallons of "cooked goose winter ale" 9.6% abv
    #13 Dec 4, 2009   
  14. pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2002
    Messages:
    4,526
    Location:
    seattle
    Brewday today.

    2 row
    Crystal 80L
    Vienna
    Oats

    Nottingham yeast.

    Willamette, Amarillo hops
    #14 Dec 11, 2009   
  15. Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    May 10, 2005
    Messages:
    3,703
    Location:
    SoCal
    I've been itching to expand my beer knowledge because I'm a complete beer noob. Sooooooo, I went to BevMo and bought a small selection of AleSmith beers. I got an IPA, Horny Devil and Extra Pale Ale.

    I'm having the Extra Pale Ale with my dinner and I'm already starting to buzz. This stuff is strong! Yes, I'm a lightweight.

    There is so much taste in this compared to the 24-pack brands.

    #15 Dec 11, 2009   
  16. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    Bottled my Porter this weekend.

    I didn't hit my FG, so it is gonna end up being 4.7% instead of 5.0% abv. Last week my fermenter temp was 56*. I think that slowed down my fermentation cuz it sat for 6 weeks at 66 +or- 6* besides that one week.

    It tasted fine, but a little weak for a porter. Hopefully it will be better once it bottle conditions.

    We have also come to the conclusion that every time we have brewed with extract from a can we get a tin-y metallic taste in our beer. it is barely noticeable, but it is evident enough that I think we are through with canned extracts.
    #16 Dec 14, 2009   
  17. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    Try getting your extracts from Northern Brewer. It's been a while since I did an extract brew but they used to (and probably still do) package theirs in 1/2 gallon plastic jugs like milk comes in.
    #17 Dec 14, 2009   
  18. jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

    Rep  |  Likes:
    16   |   10
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    36,263
    Location:
    alcoholics unanimous
    Can I join this thread? I don't have anything fermenting at the moment, but my wonderful girlfriend got me a brewkit for the holidays, it came with a American Pale ingredient kit (but it was backordered), and I just ordered a Continental dark ingredient kit as well. Still need to pick up a few components (16 quart boiling pot - any advice if I should go bigger or smaller?) and collect a few more bottles. I've got about 3 cases worth at the moment, and my bro-in-law has a case of grolsch bottles that he's gonna donate (why he has them is beyond me).
    #18 Dec 14, 2009   
  19. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    I would get the biggest kettle you can afford. I have 20 qt. but can only boil 4 gal in it which is fine for me. the most we ever boil is 3 gal.

    BadDNA- They just opened up a store here. Next time I have to go to the LHBS I will hit them up.
    #19 Dec 14, 2009   
  20. jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

    Rep  |  Likes:
    16   |   10
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    36,263
    Location:
    alcoholics unanimous
    #20 Dec 14, 2009   
  21. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    #21 Dec 14, 2009   
  22. jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

    Rep  |  Likes:
    16   |   10
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    36,263
    Location:
    alcoholics unanimous
    that's pretty rockin. Maybe once I get an industrial drum for fermenting I'll pony up for that.


    All jokes aside, I will peruse this Northern Brewer website, they look like they have some quality supplies.
    #22 Dec 14, 2009   
  23. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    Most of my gear has come from Northern Brewer. The little that didn't has been largely homemade.
    #23 Dec 14, 2009   
  24. jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

    Rep  |  Likes:
    16   |   10
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    36,263
    Location:
    alcoholics unanimous
    Yea i just spent some time looking at what they have. Seems like they have quite a comprehensive selection.
    #24 Dec 14, 2009   
  25. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    My mom just called & said she was at a store with home brew supplies & asked if I needed anything. So, she picked me up some drilled bungs & airlocks. My mom rules! Too bad I didn't need anything else.
    #25 Dec 15, 2009   
  26. Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2001
    Messages:
    9,529
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    "need" is a loose term that can often be interchanged with want. What were you thinking?
    #26 Dec 15, 2009   
  27. jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

    Rep  |  Likes:
    16   |   10
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    36,263
    Location:
    alcoholics unanimous
    I'm with Heidi on this one.
    #27 Dec 15, 2009   
  28. pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2002
    Messages:
    4,526
    Location:
    seattle
    Seriously.
    when it comes to beer and homebrewing, you always need something.

    tell her to go back.
    #28 Dec 15, 2009   
  29. I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

    Rep  |  Likes:
    5   |   4
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    26,648
    Location:
    MTB New England
    "drilled bungs"
    #29 Dec 15, 2009   
  30. jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

    Rep  |  Likes:
    16   |   10
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    36,263
    Location:
    alcoholics unanimous
    just the way TN likes it.
    #30 Dec 15, 2009   
  31. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    when she called, she said they had "big 5 gal. plastic jugs for $3.99" I told her to buy all they had. She was wrong. that price was for the 1 gal as I figured. So I stuck with something cheap & easy.


    And yes I am a big fan of the drilled bungs. :rofl:
    #31 Dec 15, 2009   
  32. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    I need to pop one of these tonight and see how it's coming along.
    #32 Dec 15, 2009   
  33. I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

    Rep  |  Likes:
    5   |   4
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    26,648
    Location:
    MTB New England
    Mom-in-law bought me a farmhouse ale extract kit from Northern Brewer for Christmas. :thumb:
    #33 Dec 24, 2009   
  34. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    Hehe, I knew before you did. Have fun!
    #34 Dec 24, 2009   
  35. BikeGeek BrewMonkey

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2001
    Messages:
    4,328
    Location:
    Hanover, PA
    Cool, probably my favorite style of beer. Just curious, what yeast came with that? If it's WLP565 or Wyeast 3724 I have some tips from some pros on how to get that mofo to finish.
    #35 Dec 31, 2009   
  36. pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2002
    Messages:
    4,526
    Location:
    seattle
    Cooked up a porter on wednesday. I missed my target temps by 15 degrees(!!!!) which ment I had to heat more water, making my brew day much more longer then normal.

    then it took nearly 48 hours for the yeast to start working. I've got a blow off tube on it now and it's blowing like crazy.
    #36 Jan 1, 2010   
  37. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    tasted our apfelwein & cyser this weekend. both are ready to bottle. The apfelwien is going to taste a lot like champagne when it is carbed & the cyser is a deliscious elixir too.

    gonna brew a batch of beer soon just have to figure out what.
    #37 Jan 4, 2010   
  38. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    So I have opened 6 bombers in the last 2 days & my porter smells like sulfur or more like when my dog has gas.

    The first 2/3rds of the batch were fine. Maybe they were all infected & they just now started stinking. they taste fine but I cant drink 'em cause they stink so bad.
    :rant:
    #38 Jan 5, 2010   
  39. BadDNA hophead

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,181
    Location:
    Hanging from the side of an airplane at 14,000'
    That sucks...

    If it helps you feel any better my Imperial Pilsner came out great. I popped the top on one of these last night and I am pretty happy with it. It poured with a nice thick head that fell pretty readily but left some nice lacing that clung to the sides of the glass as I drank it. The balance between the malt and hops was right on for my taste. I've never had a commercial imperial pilsner to compare against and this recipe was one of my own creations. It was remarkably easy to drink but I felt that if I had two or three I'd know it.
    #39 Jan 5, 2010   
  40. TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Messages:
    9,680
    Location:
    Glitter Gulch
    Did you copy & paste that from that other thread? :think:

    I am anxious to see how the last 4 turn out.
    #40 Jan 5, 2010   

Share This Page