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Bottling tonight. . . yay, my favorite part of the brewing process. Need another growler so that I'll two different beers set aside for Thanksgiving, two for Christmas, and still be able to bring a couple growlers with us to Richmond this Sunday. I'm getting to the point where I have more ripening beverages than I have recepticles to package them in. Catastrophic! calling all local alcoholics! Drink more beer from compression fitting bottles (not twist-offs) and donate your garbage!

Giving sample bottles of beer away to friends is a pleasure and privilege, but it's one of the main reasons that homebrewing will never ever pay for itself. I have no problem parting with the 'pops' (12 oz. bottles) despite the time and energy I put into removing labels, cleaning, and capping them, but it is nice to have them returned to me only because they're that much easier to reuse. I should start the practice of 'magic bottles' for folks who return empties promptly. I've come across a couple of odd sized bottles - 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. with the standard compression fitting tops that can serve as my 'magic bottles'. The premise is to reward folks that have historically returned glass or provided bottles to begin with by gifting them one or two of these odd bottles with the promise that I will advertize the beer of the month, or however often, with an approximate bottling date and if they're interested they can return the bottles to be filled with the rest of the house swing-tops and if they lose it. . .uh, Fuck 'em! From there I move almost exclusively to bottling in swing-tops with the exception of, maybe, six to twelve 'pops' to give away. I'll be filling two 'magic bottles' tonight; and Drewski, of all people, was quick draw on the alt.

Now I know why Stephen (with the unprounceable German name) who writes for the Beer & Wine Times suggested, even before I had acquired all of my equipment, that I transition into kegging as soon as I could afford it. Bottling sucks!

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Bottling tonight. . . yay, my favorite part of the brewing process. Need another growler so that I'll two different beers set aside for Thanksgiving, two for Christmas, and still be able to bring a couple growlers with us to Richmond this Sunday. I'm getting to the point where I have more ripening beverages than I have recepticles to package them in. Catastrophic! calling all local alcoholics! Drink more beer from compression fitting bottles (not twist-offs) and donate your garbage!

Giving sample bottles of beer away to friends is a pleasure and privilege, but it's one of the main reasons that homebrewing will never ever pay for itself. I have no problem parting with the 'pops' (12 oz. bottles) despite the time and energy I put into removing labels, cleaning, and capping them, but it is nice to have them returned to me only because they're that much easier to reuse. I should start the practice of 'magic bottles' for folks who return empties promptly. I've come across a couple of odd sized bottles - 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. with the standard compression fitting tops that can serve as my 'magic bottles'. The premise is to reward folks that have historically returned glass or provided bottles to begin with by gifting them one or two of these odd bottles with the promise that I will advertize the beer of the month, or however often, with an approximate bottling date and if they're interested they can return the bottles to be filled with the rest of the house swing-tops and if they lose it. . .uh, Fuck 'em! From there I move almost exclusively to bottling in swing-tops with the exception of, maybe, six to twelve 'pops' to give away. I'll be filling two 'magic bottles' tonight; and Drewski, of all people, was quick draw on the alt.

Now I know why Stephen (with the unprounceable German name) who writes for the Beer & Wine Times suggested, even before I had acquired all of my equipment, that I transition into kegging as soon as I could afford it. And as far as all this brewing business goes, I'd like to transition all of it to my sooper sekret alter identity, [livejournal.com profile] doodlemaier. Bottling sucks!

[livejournal.com profile] lil_psy, your mead's doing fine although you ought to come by and pick the fermentors up or at least bring by some bacardi for them (cazadores is not for vapor locks! But it's been keepin' em filled. . . ) I'll call this afternoon. And if you're reading this [livejournal.com profile] irenejericho, Tre tells me she has news from you concerning my unfortunate cider (pictured center and also bottom left - under the cut). . .

Daylight

Oct. 30th, 2006 12:01 am
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I brewed a steam ) ale with my 'extra' hour.
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If Id'a known Id'a never. . .

Bottled the altbier tonight because I didn't want to do it on Friday the 13th and we're going to be outta town for the weekend. But that's really what I needed - a full day. It took me 4½ hours to get roughly four gallons (plus the dregs which are wonderful, and are keeping me from typing now. . . hic! Beginners skill!) I have a FG of 1.016 {from OG 1.050} and. . .
• 4 2L growlers (for material a support party)
• 9 pints (swingtops, to enjoy with guests and friends), and
• 12 - 12oz US bottles (to give away)
It smells yummy and malty, it tastes yummy and malty and I need to remember to have all my equipment handy (no more last-chance trips to Home Depot: Although, walk in there 5 minutes before they close, ask a bunch of stupid questions and when they want to know about the application tell them "beer". Even the 'I-could-a-give-a-shit-less' crowd will do back flips to help you! No matter what you're looking for tell them you're making beer!) make a bottling bucket that doesn't spend the last gallon filtering dregs. 2ndary everything, definitely be more patient with myself! I can do this. . . . I have done this. Shit, Scotty even said he liked it more than the professional, fizzy, hoppy IPA from Sweetwater Tavern that I was drinking in process. Bottled on 10/12/2006 and ready to chill and drink by 10/26/2006!

It sucked and took way too much time.

I will send the 1st beer bottled of my 1st batch to J-me to archive in his beer shrine (Yes, Dude has a beer shrine), but to be enjoyed no later than April 1st, 2007. Make tape labels accordingl, post to [livejournal.com profile] homebrewing and the rest . . .

GOodnight~
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There's beer in the bottom of that bucket a bub-bub-bubbling away!

Happy Birthday Altbier!



O.G. - 1.050
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Aug. 28th, 2006 11:40 am
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I purchased the majority of my homebrewing equipment this weekend at Murphy's Beverage in Winchester. Their last hydrometer was broken and there were a couple other odds and ends that they were out of because someone like-minded came in earlier in the week and cleaned them out of almost their entire stock of brewing supplies. But if I wanted to, right now, I could throw down on some home-brewed beer. Still, there are other considerations. . . I'm not yet fully equipped to bottle my maiden homebrew, and most importantly, I haven't yet been able to create an adequate chunk of time to properly brew a batch. So, I'll shoot for late September perhaps. [livejournal.com profile] lil_psy, I've probably more than enough stuff here if you'd like to try your hand at a mead in the mean time. All you'd need would be the ingredients if you already have a recipe, and something to bottle it in!

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