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Old 02-22-2013, 05:24 PM #1
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Thunder's Brew: First Beer Brew!

Starting equipment: Went to a local Homebrew shop and picked up all this for <$200

Brew Equipment:
http://www.amazon.com/Maestro-Homebr.../dp/B002BU5IF4

Brew Kettle:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/3...ss-kettle.html

Paddle:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/28-st...e-plastic.html

Steeping Bag:
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/18-BY...-BAG-P146.aspx

Brew Kit:
http://www.amazon.com/Brew-Irish-Sto.../dp/B003SSBYBU

Modifications:
-2 Cups of Flaked McCann's Oats added to steeping bag (now an oatmeal stout).
-4 Squares of Baker's chocolate added to boil (double boiled, then added to last 15 minutes of boil).
-Rehydrated Yeast, rather than simply sprinkling it on.

Name of Beer: (Nickname for the coffee I make lol)
Thunder's Brew!
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Pics of process!

Getting up to temp


Added oats to the mix


Steeping


Adding malt extracts


Hops, boiling...


Dat Boil


Double boiled chocolate...hmmmmm


Dat Yeast


Into the fermenter, see it in 4 weeks!
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:33 PM #2
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been pretty interested in making my own home brew how much is that 5 gallons?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:39 PM #3
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5-gallons, yep.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:53 PM #4
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That's awesome. Have wanted to brew my own potions for a while now.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:24 PM #5
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macros on thunder brew?

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Old 02-22-2013, 06:59 PM #6
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that's a lot of particulates. did you filter it before moving it into the fermentation bucket?
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:29 PM #7
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Tried lol. The strainer didn't want to work. Will autosiphon higher in the fermenter.


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Been talking about doing this for a while.

Where did you store it for fermentation? My biggest issue is no basement, though if I start soon I could do it on the patio for one batch at least.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:50 PM #9
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I have it in my room fermenting right now, roughly 70F.

Not ideal, but...do with what you got.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:44 PM #10
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What is the ideal temperature for doing this? If it's like 60* I could pretty much never do it.
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Is the oatmeal what qualifies this post for the fitness forum? lol
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Tricep pic and vascularity. Duh.

Also, will be bottling this on 22MAR. So I'll bring a bottle or 3 up for you. Just make sure to store them in a cool/dry place out of sunlight for at least 2-3 weeks before you drink them.
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Do you have a siphoning setup, or a second storage container for bottling? Or are you going straight unfiltered style?
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Siphon + bottling bucket.

Fermenting away!
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very cool.

You've inspired me to finally pick up a beer making kit as soon as I pay down all the stuff I currently have charged(probably a month, 2 at the most) and brew a batch. I've been thinking about it for a couple of years now.
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on the topic of beer:

this is my favorite of all Sam's right now
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Tricep pic and vascularity. Duh.

Also, will be bottling this on 22MAR. So I'll bring a bottle or 3 up for you. Just make sure to store them in a cool/dry place out of sunlight for at least 2-3 weeks before you drink them.
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this is my favorite of all Sam's right now
Not really a fan of Sam Adams, but got on of the variety packs with the MP Porter in it and it was certainly delicious. Definitely something that I could drink 2-3 of after dinner.
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Was just looking at buying a carboy and big pot to start doing this the other day. Good ****
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Tried lol. The strainer didn't want to work. Will autosiphon higher in the fermenter.
are you using hop bags and irish moss? was the strainer just clogging? what you can do is take a large spoon after to cools and stir it quickly to make a whirlpool. It'll suck the particulates to the bottom and center of the boil kettle. then use your auto siphon to transfer the beer through the strainer and into your fermentation vessel. With a dark beer it won't matter for clarity but the texture might be kinda off and there's the risk of off flavors.

and to whoever asked about fermentation temps about 67-68 is the sweet spot. Lower and the yeast aren't as active and higher they start to make off flavors. 70 is a good mark for farmhouse style belgian ales like saisons though as the off flavors are built into the style of the beer.

ps there's a homebrewing thread in OSST.
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