Another beer :)

17 09 2010

Having bottled my first ever homebrew last Sunday my fermenter was sitting looking empty and sad šŸ˜„

Luckily though this was just a temporary period of inactivity as my next batch of beer was only a day away.

The week before I had been sitting there contemplating the lager bubbling away in my fermenter and had thought to myself that if I was going to keep on track with my plan for all of my festive drinks to be of a homebrewed variety that I really needed to get cracking and minimise the downtime between brews.

So I ordered up a couple more kits and also another 40 odd bottles as there is no way all of the lager will be drunk by the time I need to bottle my next batch.

The choice of kits available is really quite large and I will readily admit that I did spend somewhere in the region of 4 hours trying to work out what I wanted to go with; in the end I settled on a Coopers Brewmaster IPA which I would be making using predominately spray malt instead of sugar and Woodfordes Norfolk Nog which is all malt and as such wont need any extra fermentables to be added at all.

I am taking a little bit of a risk with the Nog and I will tell you why; having lived fairly close to the Woodforde’s brewery when I was back home in the UK I have had the opportunity to try 95% of the beers that they have produced including of course Norfolk Nog.

Now on the one hand this is a good thing as I know how it should taste, on the other hand it is a bit of a problem as I know how it should taste… Whilst I’m sure that it will turn out to be very close to the original and be very drinkable I do worry that it is going to have a taste to it that doesn’t fit with how I know it should taste. Well nothing ventured nothing gained as they say!

The Coopers IPA is now in the fermenter and is bubbling away nicely at about 24 degrees in the end I added 500g of light spray malt and 300g of dextrose. I had been going to go with all spray malt but a few forums were listed as saying that this combination works out to be a more traditional tasting IPA.

It should hopefully be ready to bottle by Monday so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out as well as people are suggesting it should.





Bottling day cometh

13 09 2010

Yesterday was quite a fun day for me; I got up in the morning and made bread nom nom nom and then after eating the bread went home and set about bottling my beer.

For anyone who didn’t read my homebrew post earlier this week (if not why not?) I brewed my own beer for the first time last Monday evening.

I have been watching over my beer like an anxious mother hen, checking it’s temperature, making sure it is snuggled up at night and of course taking hydrometer readings.

For those who aren’t in the know a hydrometer allows you to measure the specific gravity of a liquid, in this case my beer.

It started out at roughly 1050 on Monday evening and as of Yesterday had been sitting at 1008 since Friday when I got in from work.

Not only is it good that the SG has been static for 2 days as it means that the fermentation has more or less complete it also means that my little beer is going to be near as damn it 6% šŸ™‚

I had a little taste of the beer and my conclusions are that it looks, smells and tastes like beer! Not a bad start.

So I rinsed out all of the bottles that were provided (44 50cl plastic bottles with caps) primed them with the carbonation drops and filled those suckers up!

Now I just need to wait, two long weeks at the least šŸ˜¦





Homebrew day 4 and counting

9 09 2010

I am now on the 4th day since I put my homebrew into the fermenter, at first I was a little concerned that it was taking a while to get going but after a day or so we are motoring along nicely.

There is tons of condensation on the lid and a nice thick layer of krausen (foam that forms during the fermentation process) has formed on top.

I checked the gravity of the beer when IĀ  first put it into the fermenter and it was showing up at approx 1050, as of this morning we are sitting at just below 1020 and I must say that what I tasted from the trial jar certainly tastes like beer!

Not only did it taste like beer but it smells like beer and when poured into the jar froths up like beer.

I am hopeful that there will only be 1/2 days until I can go ahead and bottle this bad boy.

Just in time for my next batch to be started!








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