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TOPIC: Brewing beer wine
Created by: justpookingaround
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Just wondered if there were others that enjoy brewing their own hooch. We have brewed wine for several years, but just recently started brewing beer.

Sucesses?

Mistakes?

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Just finished a very nice cherry stout. Refreshing and tastey.

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The honey ale has been infused with DME to see if I can raise the alcohol content. Right now it has a splendid alspice flavor that is enhanced with a little lemon juice.

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I talked to the local brewing shop. Said it could be the higher temps made it brew faster. I didn't haVe time tonight to check the gravity or a yeast nutriment. Maybe tomorrow.

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Sometimes it can appear that it has stopped fermenting when actually it hasn't, this happened to me once, so I gently shook the carboy to reactivate the yeast. That seemed to do the trick, but I've also read that it can just appear to have stopped when actually it hasn't.

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The beer quit fermenting after a week. Thinking of adding some dme to see what happens.

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I love a good honey brew.

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We hope to start two batches of beer this weekend. Maybe some mead too.

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Hops make beer taste bitter. They were originally discovered as additives that keep the beer from turning to vinegar. Something about acid/alkaline.

One time I forgot to add hops to my beer. So we started drinking it early. It tasted great! Even people who didn't like beer said it was good -- because there was no bitterness. It just tasted kinda like whole grain.

We got almost clear thru that batch, and the last couple of bottles turned to vinegar.

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my mom and dad used to make wine when I was a kid. Mostly fruit wines like strawberry and mulberry.

Trooper did his own "risky whiskey" from a kit the other year, turned out pretty good for bourbon (not my favorite drink) he added coffee bean and cinnamon.

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I used to brew beer, but I don't have the time or space for it anymore.

I did ales and stouts, because lagers take yeast that requires 50 or so degrees, and I didn't want to put out the dough for that set up.

It goes without saying, but you have to keep everything squeaky clean.

Never turn the heat up too much, or you will have quite a sticky mess on your hands.

Active yeast is always better than dry yeast. Fresh hops are always better than dried hops.

I draw the line at malting my own grain. It is a pain in the ass, and totally not worth the time.

If you use good quality ingredients, you will save no money vs. buying craft beer at a store. So you have to love doing it.

Experiment and have fun. And if you need some carboys or something, my stuff is sitting in the shed. So if you wanna pay shipping...

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