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The Grow Room forums; I've been thinking about making my own beer for some time now, and finally got a chance to do it!
I've been thinking about making my own beer for some time now, and finally got a chance to do it!
So I bought this 'complete' kit.
Kinda funny, the kit had bottle caps, a bottle capper, and no bottles. the guy did not mention that.
I wanted to brew a Corona-like beer, but the guy said I'd need a wort chiller(didn't even know what it was) and a spare fridge.
So I went for a beer that would not need those. It is called Snowed Under. I did not realise at the time, but it has honey and spices. I've never been much of a
sweetness kind of guy, so we'll see.
Clean everything. Joy.
Put theese in hot water. They are syrup-like.
Get water up to temp. It's a good thing I have this giant pot (16 quarts) or I would have had a problem right off the bat.
Suppose I would have been using several pots. The guy did not mention this either. That's a little bothersome because I bet the average person, eager about a new project, would not figure that out till they had shit opened up and all over the place and in several pots.
Remove from heat and add grains in cheesecloth sock. Steep for 20 minutes. Theese are all step by step instructions that came with the beer ingredients, since different beers require different processes.
Add malt and honey and first hops packaged.
Boil for 45 minutes, then add final spice and hops packets.
After 60 minute boil, the wort (pronounced wert or wurt) should be cooled as fast as possible. I did not get pics of this because I was busy with the ice and water bath in the sink and stirrung. I'm going to make a wort chiller before my next batch of beer.
Here's the fermentation chamber with the air-lock on top. After cooling the wort to 75f, it must be aerated, which is as simple as siphoning the wort into the fermentation chamber. I now know I should have used the glass carboy for fermenting, but it wont matter.
A specific gravity reading is done with the included hydrometer. My brew is now at 1.56 OG - original gravity, which will later be compared to final gravity.
Then yeast packet is added(or 'pitched').
Put the air-lock on and leave it alone for 10 days at normal house room temp. It soon started bubbling a LOT ant thos bubble smell kinda alcoholy and good!
Be Back with the rest soon.
please keep this up to date
home/micro brews are great stuff
Love home brewing, it may eventually lead to home distillation .
I see you have a plastic primary fermenter, and a glass secondary. If you get into it I would move away from the plastic and get a 2nd glass carboy, that's how us brew snobs roll.
Also, the best book on the subject is by John Palmer, "How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Right The First Time"
It was written by an engineer and has everything to get you brewing, along with the more advanced stuff as to what's happening in the powder keg.
Last edited by merkzilla; 02-12-2012 at 10:30 AM.
Will do unnk. Hope this stuff is good.
Originally Posted by Unnk
Originally Posted by merkzilla
I agree. The instructions were unclear and I was not familiar with the terms of brewing yet. Even after familiarizing myself with the book 'The Joy of Homebrewing' and spending a couple
days on HomeBrewChat.com, I still think the instructions were not worded right. Instead of fermentation chamber, they should have said 'put it in the glass carboy to use as your
fermenting chamber, because people use both plastic and glass for this purpose but glass is better'. Then there could have been no confusion.
Very interesting! Already is way better than that stupid Moonshiners show.
So this is pretty much all already done for you (to an extent with the pre mixed spices, hops, ect.)? And a beer that someone else "made"? I'm really not hateing, just asking questions.... Be ready for a lot from me.
Originally Posted by Derple
Originally Posted by UncleBuck
Could you mix ISO or BHO into the mix and make cannabis beer?
LMAO!!! Hops are the closest relative of marijuana so I guess you could substitute buds for the hops..... but a few oz of hops is only dollars where we know the price of a few oz of buds.
This fall I think I will try it just for shits and giggles
Yes, I chose an ingredient kit that someone else made because I've never done this or read anything about it. I knew nothing. Not using an ingredient kit would be like someone who knew nothing about cooking deciding to make an elaborate meal from raw ingredients with no knowlege. You could probably eat it but it wouldn't be very good.
Originally Posted by VLRD.Kush
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