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Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: August 26, 2020, 12:04:48 am »
Yeah, I wish it was easier to ship booze... as in, possible at all to ship as an individual under US law. I think I'd have to get a license? If that weren't the case, all the GS people would be getting a beer bottle's worth or two.

I have an aunt and a sister in the same building, and I live with my brother. I'll give some to my grandpa when we see each other next, he does homebrew stuff and specifically has been making mead for years. I have friends I know from highschool I have a personal Discord server with and hang out in person every few months. I don't know about a "tasting party" but I'm going to get them drunk as **** off whatever I can make :^U

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: August 24, 2020, 09:37:42 pm »
The braggot is almost finished, already up to around 9% ABV. I'll take another reading in a week or so and if it hasn't changed, it will be ready for secondary. It came up quite fast. Smells basically like straight beer, not much of a fruit scent to it. It's still very cloudy and very blonde.

The mead is stuck- I checked today and it's the same gravity as the last time, 1.082, sitting at around 10%. I suspect it's probably a lack of nutrient, and I don't want to put more fermaid O in there. If you do too much that past a certain point, it's supposed to give a metallic, unpleasant taste, and I've already added plenty of that sweet sweet nooch. So I blended up another couple pounds of fruit- a pound of pineapple, a pound-and-a-half of Mango, the stuff I had left over in my freezer after the braggot- into the must and put it back in. Technically, it's a melomel now, though one that's pretty light on the fruit, so I don't think it will affect the taste much. More for the nitrogen than anything else. Hopefully it kicks off again, otherwise I've got an awful lot of what is basically a weird hibiscus cocktail.

I'd still get drunk off it though.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: August 21, 2020, 10:42:18 pm »
I guess I probably... should? I don't really have a good recipe for the gallon-batch braggot, that was pretty much just a freewheeling sort of thing I did in excitement, wasn't thinking about recreating it since it was mostly just whatever I had on hand. I added the fruit on a complete whim, for example, and didn't weigh it. I know somewhere in between a pound and a pound and a half of organic mango and a little less than a pound of pineapple just from the bags of fruit I used. The juice of six or so oranges that somebody left out for free in my apartment building. Don't recall how much juniper I simmered into the wort, I think six grams or so. I did take a few sparse notes, and I used .2 ounces of Willamette hops for a gallon batch, so it's hopped comparatively to most beers that aren't built around being really hoppy, probably on the lighter end. I wrote down "a little more than .6 pounds malt extract, a little more than a pound of honey" since I started with that and added a little more of each to get up to my target gravity of 1.090.

The first mead was less of a whirlwind, relatively simple and fairly easy to remember with some amount of forethought involved:

Simmer a pound of organic hibiscus leaves in a gallon of water for an hour. Half an hour through, put a brew-bag full of two and a half ounces lightly macerated juniper in. Put in bucket, including juniper. Brew seven bags of black tea in another gallon to get a weak black tea for the sake of tannins (this felt like maybe not enough tea). Put in bucket. Put around 20 pounds of unfiltered, unpasteurized honey in the bucket. Fill up to five gallons with water. Put in more honey until a gravity reading with a hydrometer shows around 1.152. Follow rehydration instructions for your yeast and rehydration nutrient, I used K1V-1116 wine yeast and Go-Ferm. Pitch yeast and seal in a container with and airlock. Add yeast nutrient over the next few days or so according to the TONSA 2.0 protocols- for this gravity and size of mead, that means 8 grams of Fermaid O at 24, 48, and 72 hours, and another eight grams whenever the yeast has burned through a third of the sugars as indicated by gravity reading. This will be different if you are using a different nutrient regimen. A few days in, freak out and take all the juniper out because some random on Reddit told you it was too much juniper for that amount of mead and you are just a complete sheep. Let sit until done.

Okay, maybe not all THAT simple. But it was fun enough to remember. Felt like alchemy, and it kind of is. Hard to tell without having finished a brew, but I think this is going to be a long-term hobby of mine, it appeals to me a lot. Also, it's a pretty cheap way to get booze. It'd be a bitch to calculate it exactly but I think the first mead comes out to probably somewhere in between 1 1/2 and 4 bucks to make a beer bottle's worth of an 18% ABV, which is pretty decent value. And you get waaaay more specificity as far as like, what you want to drink and what flavor you want.

Console Games / Re: Got my SNES controllers for the Switch finally
« on: August 21, 2020, 09:49:03 pm »
Slightly off topic maybe, but I've owned or regularly used probably somewhere in the neighborhood of seven to ten Gamecube controllers throughout my life, and the rerelease controller they did for Smash Bros Ultimate is still the best I've ever used I'm pretty sure. Better quality plastic (I think, I don't know **** about plastic but it feels better in my hands) and a cord long enough to actually play Thousand Year Door or Pikmin 2 without tripping anybody who walks through the living room. Quite nice.

PC Games / Re: Steam won't cooperate with my VPN
« on: August 20, 2020, 02:38:38 am »
Sucks. It's getting harder and harder to become an effective internet resident who cares about their privacy.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:02:31 pm »
Yeah it should. There's much more natural nutrient and nitrogen in the yeast because I used fruit in it, and there's less sugar for it to burn through- it should come up to around 10 percent to the main mead's ~18. It's already bubbling quickly and consistently. Partially just wanted to use some leftover ingredients. I had malt, honey, hops, juniper etc left over so I got excited when my aunt said she had some growlers to recycle and just went for it. Probs gonna end up with more than three gallons of the hibiscus mead even after generous gifting, I'm probably not gonna wanna drink only that for a year or however long it'd take me to get through that haha.

The first mead is chugging along, took another gravity reading recently and it IS still moving, just slowly, down to 1.080 or so as of maybe a week ago. Still breathing too. Might have shoulda put fruit in that one like I planned originally but oh well, I'll give it a bit more nutrient.

That microwave is so old. I so rarely microwave things, and my brother really only makes frozen pizzas or whatever in it... I grew up with that microwave, man. It's sentimental.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: August 17, 2020, 11:03:56 pm »
Started a smaller, lower-abv brew for something quicker to tide me over until the mead goes through... It's sort of half-beer, half-mead, with the sugar coming from both malt AND honey, called a braggot. My aunt gave me a couple growlers so it'd be a waste not to ferment with them with what I had left over from the last batch.

It's called the Goblin Faggot Braggot, or Liquid Sunshine, or Aurum, or Liquid Gold... Any of those, maybe. Hard to name things before you taste them. Pineapple, Mango, Orange, Black tea, Juniper, Malt, Honey.

This is what the extra looked like in the pot:

And the full, fermenting growlers:

...And what they looked like after blowoff just a few hours later, which I guess optimistically is a sign of a powerful ferment:

And after that, next to the large mead batch and my amp:

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:09:36 pm »
No facecam. But did pull it today for a gravity reading and a small tasting. It's somewhere between 8 and 10 percent ABV. Still taste mostly of honey, lightly of hibiscus, and of juniper almost not at all... which mean I'll be putting some more berries in during secondary. But it's making progress, if a little slower than I thought.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: July 28, 2020, 03:37:17 pm »
A couple weeks to a month is usual. It varies. I was going to leave until gas activity stops and I take a reading to see if it's fermented enough. The calculator I'm using suggests that about a third of any fermentable sugars should be converted to alchohol in between three and seven days, so probably somewhere around there right now.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: July 28, 2020, 02:05:37 pm »
Haha no, don't actually own any, just being a goof. Hard in Cali. If I bought a gun it'd probably be something for hunting after I moved somewhere rural, not a G21... but I do think glocks are neat. That and the G24 are some of my favorite pistols. G40 is also cool.

On topic, the smell of the brew has desweetened a bit. I think it might smell slightly boozy in the closet too but that's probably just some of the cheap tequila in the airlock.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: July 28, 2020, 06:26:39 am »
Am nervous about ruining it every time I add nutrient. Pat, will sleep with a Glock 21 under my pillow from now on. Thanks for advice.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: July 26, 2020, 04:25:05 am »
It's breathing, airlock is pretty constantly active as of right now, gave it the first nutrient regimen 24 hours after pitch late yesterday. If I lean over and crack my closet door from where I type this I can hear it burble. Smells like hibiscus, honey, and juniper in my closet. Like shoving your nose into a crafty gin cocktail.

Art / Re: The Merry Doodles and Sketches Thread!
« on: July 22, 2020, 12:42:20 am »
That's a sick dude, my guy. Love her minimalist face and certifiably jank saber.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: July 22, 2020, 12:09:28 am »
A burner brew is probably a really good idea! Counter to that, I'm only waiting on my hydrometer and some juniper to get here in a couple days before I make five whole-ass gallons of mead.

Second thought the extra fruit additions, just going to up the ante on the hibiscus, juniper and black tea since the yeast I'm using should get it to 18%, which should be well into what people online keep calling "rocket fuel" status when it's young. I want a lot of that juniper and hibiscus and not so much for it to taste like a bad cocktail. Can always backsweeten with fruit juice instead of honey, anyways, if I think it needs it.

My aunt has a couple extra carboys sitting around so I might end up doing a smaller, more experimental batch of something... Thought a lot about a kiwi melomel recently, I think the color would be really cool. Maybe something like a wine or beer that doesn't have to sit around as long as mead does.

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