to all you (three) guys who liked my homebrew thread

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    Mar 04, 2010 2:50 AM GMT
    I just made a dark american lager but am ale-ing it, so it's now being termed an Old American Ale; and I was using a recipe from the LHBS in spring, TX.

    6.5# LME
    5# DME
    .5 oz (i think) Calcium Chloride
    1 oz liberty hops (that's what it was called, I don't have any idea how it makes it different. says it has some more spice to it"

    Brewed it yesterday afternoon, checked this morning after about 16 hours and it's bubbling away. Can't wait to bottle it up and let it age. Brewed 5 gallons and got my capper and bottles ready and waiting, figured I'd let a six pack just sit in the closet for 6 months or a year and taste it then, see how it is.
    I used Cooper's brewer's yeast for this one, as well.



    This is this setup, waiting for the water to boil
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    The carboy's nice and clean, left the foamies in there for the yeast to munch on later:
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    what's that? is that the sound of water boiling? Sadly, no. (about half an hour into the boil)
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    Oh, sure it has to be boiling by now (nearly 45 minutes in)
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    Finally getting to make the Wort
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    I think this last one has the hops in it, but it was really rolling so it's hard to see:
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    Unfortunately, I was on the phone while siphoning all of this over to my carboy. Had a guy from craigslist responding to a musician ad I posted so I was siphoning with one hand and texting with the other.

    Here's my airlock about to go on my 6.5gal carboy:
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    and here she is. I used the cardboard box it came in to help shield it from the light, with a towel wrapping around the top of the carboy, for the light and for heat when it gets cold in the apartment. I got up this morning and took a short video of it bubbling away. Might upload it to youtube and post it here later on today, but it's nothing anyone's never seen before.
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    took this one about fourteen hours after brewing, had some time between classes this morning. IMG00315-20100303-1132.jpg
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    Mar 04, 2010 3:30 AM GMT
    Looking good funk! did you use a lager or ale yeast? I've used lager yeasts under ale conditions and it works fine; gives a different flavor. Still waiting to hear how your last brew turned out!
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    Mar 04, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    Voltaire saidLooking good funk! did you use a lager or ale yeast? I've used lager yeasts under ale conditions and it works fine; gives a different flavor. Still waiting to hear how your last brew turned out!
    I used an ale yeast. cooper's brewer's yeast (14g)

    my last one came out mixed. I had two different sized bottles and had to eyeball my priming sugars, so my .5 liter bottles came out nice and carbonated, almost like a rolling rock, but my 2 liter bottle was a little yeasty. I've got one more two liter waiting to get conditioned for a week or so before I drink it (when I decide to) and we'll see how it is after another month or two.
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    Mar 04, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    How do you sterilize that big of a jug?
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    Mar 04, 2010 5:32 AM GMT
    This is how all mad scientists start out.
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    Mar 04, 2010 5:43 AM GMT
    Whip me up some Vodka and we will be fine
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    Mar 04, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    goodtr8s saidHow do you sterilize that big of a jug?


    you don't sterilize it.

    you wash it out as well as you can with hot water and a little bit of soap, and more and more and more and more hot water, then you sanitize it.

    I use a product called "star san"; it's a no rinse sanitizer, which means I put a little tiny bit in the carboy, add some water, plug the top and slosh it all over. It makes a lot of foam (which turns out is good for your yeast) and you just pour out the liquid and let it air dry for a bit before use.
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    Mar 04, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    Funkapottomous said
    goodtr8s saidHow do you sterilize that big of a jug?


    you don't sterilize it.

    you wash it out as well as you can with hot water and a little bit of soap, and more and more and more and more hot water, then you sanitize it.

    I use a product called "star san"; it's a no rinse sanitizer, which means I put a little tiny bit in the carboy, add some water, plug the top and slosh it all over. It makes a lot of foam (which turns out is good for your yeast) and you just pour out the liquid and let it air dry for a bit before use.



    Awesome tip.... I haven't brewed in a couple of years, partly because I HATED sanitizing the carboy. Do you buy sanitized bottles, or do you reuse them? That was another shitty task, and buying bottles every time was expensive.

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    Mar 04, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    djdorchester said
    Funkapottomous said
    goodtr8s saidHow do you sterilize that big of a jug?


    you don't sterilize it.

    you wash it out as well as you can with hot water and a little bit of soap, and more and more and more and more hot water, then you sanitize it.

    I use a product called "star san"; it's a no rinse sanitizer, which means I put a little tiny bit in the carboy, add some water, plug the top and slosh it all over. It makes a lot of foam (which turns out is good for your yeast) and you just pour out the liquid and let it air dry for a bit before use.



    Awesome tip.... I haven't brewed in a couple of years, partly because I HATED sanitizing the carboy. Do you buy sanitized bottles, or do you reuse them? That was another shitty task, and buying bottles every time was expensive.



    this is the first time I'll be using glass bottles, but I plan on reusing them. I got a good deal on the ones I have now and I'm not going to go and buy 50-60 bottles each time, although I will need more if I start brewing more than one batch at a time.


    The kitchen sink, and a bottle tree is about all I need. Speaking of, I need to call my dad and get him to make me some bottle trees.