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Brewed my first batch of beer!

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Saturday was bottling day!!!

 

I soaked the bottles in bleach/water for several days to get the labels off and anything that might be growing in there. Then i ran em thru my dishwasher on high temp settings, and then I used my vinator to shoot some starsan inside before the beer went in.

 

I ended up about 12 bottles short somehow (scratch) I redid the math even afterward and can't figure out where i miscalculated. Oh well, more beer!!

 

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Sterilizing everything

 

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Priming sugar

 

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I poured a small amount into a glass to compare it to the actual bottled Dead Guy which i bought for this occasion. It tastes so close already!!

 

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Racking to the bottling bucket

 

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My bottle capper

 

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3 weeks to go!

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I'm staring at my fermenter, trying not to get sad at the fact that I still have 1 more week in secondary, and 3 more weeks in bottles before I can drink it. :[ This hobby is so depressing. Lol

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Looky what arrived today :D

 

Red Hood ESB (Red Hook clone) I even got red bottle caps for it!!

 

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Gonna be brewing this weekend, my first all grain brew (rock2)

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Nyles shot me this link, i think i'm gonna buy this book

 

http://www.uncrate.com/men/entertainment/books/clone-brews/

 

 

I tried another of my homebrews over the weekend. Its getting better, but doesn't taste real good to me yet. Its still sweet with a wit beer after taste. I'm just gonna leave it be for a few more weeks and keep sampling it.

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I got my stuff bottled yesterday. Full Sail Amber imitation. It tastes pretty good actually. Nice color too. Want to trade beginner's six packs? :]

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I'm just now tasting a preview of a Fat Tire clone that I brewed with a friend. Really close.

I can share the recipe if somebody is interested.

Miles, did you try the Stone IPA yet?

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Max i'm down with that!! Mine still needs a couple weeks i think though.

 

Alex no i didn't do the Stone IPA yet, i'm doing Red Hook ESB next i just need to get a free day so i can brew it!

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I tried another bottle and its getting better!! I think it needs another month really.

 

 

I also tried my apfelwein. Dang that stuff is good!!! I think it'll be better once its bottled and carbed. I'm gonna bottle it monday.

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Apfelvwein gets better after time. I compared some bottled in January and April and the first one were way better. I wish there is a way to make it less sparkly...

For beers I've found that 12-13 days is when they taste right as for carbonation. But it could be different depending on beer style, temperature and so on.

 

So... ready to try the next level? I'm not meaning all grain, but a liquor.

Last month I did some Lemoncello with a friend (He's american and he showed me how to make it lol)

It is pretty easy to make it and looks like the real thing to me. I can share the recipe if interested.

It is an infused liquor, no moonshine, so it is 100% legal in Oregon :)

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Even I would be interested in that recipe!

 

I will probably do another batch soon. I will try to take some pics of the process and post it.

It is good stuff for christmas presents too, especially if you find some cute little bottles

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Alex i just got a couple more carboys so i'd be down to give it a shot!

 

I think for my first batch of beer that the steeping bag i made out of cheesecloth held the grains too tight. But each time i taste it it gets better so i'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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Try one of the grain bags from Valley Vintner. The one I used was a very wide mesh - but it held my grains quite well. Also did you put your hops in a bag as well? Makes straining them MUCH easier. Next batch I do will have a grain bag AND a hop bag, as well as straining the wort into the fermenter.

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Yah i did make little bags for the hops too.

 

The next batch i'm going all grain. So the grains will be strained by my MLT manifold. I might just toss the hops in without a bag. Not sure yet.

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Well things are getting dicey for us home brewers here in Oregon. Its now illegal for you to enter any brew contests, and it is illegal to consume your beer off the premise it was brewed on. So you are now breaking the law if you bring a 6pack to a buddies BBQ.

 

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100711/UPDATE/100711013#ixzz0tRMJBuW2

 

BEND — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s new interpretation of an old law is placing restrictions on homemade beer and wine.

 

It effectively bans judged competitions and home-brewing club tasting nights.

At issue is a statute that forbids the production of alcoholic beverages by anyone not licensed by the commission.

But the law excludes “the making or keeping of naturally fermented wines and fruit juices or beer in the home, for home consumption and not for sale.”

The Oregon State Fair cites the new interpretation of the phrase “home consumption” for canceling this year’s beer and wine competitions.

 

 

More here

 

http://lisamorrison.hoppress.com/2010/06/29/oregon-homebrew-threatened/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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OLCC must be loosing alot of money to you home-brewers!

If you would buy more liquor they would be happy! :)

Don't be suprised to see increased taxes/costs on homebrew supplies soon, since the state seems to now be getting involved!

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The Oregon state fair just canceled the brew and wine competitions they had been doing for the last 30 years because of this.

 

Of course none of this is going to stop me, just add it to the other ridiculous laws i'm sure i break. Like owning a Rhizotrochus typus.

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LAAAAAAAME!!

 

I gotta guess that they will get this overturned or reinterpreted. Actually, looking at the language of the law, that is a pretty flimsy interpretation. There are a lot of home brewers in Oregon that will rise up against the man.

 

Anybody that wants to bring me some of their home brew will not be turned in to the authorities! :D

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