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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #16 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.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2020, 02:25:31 pm »
If it starts trying to get out of that closet you need to put it down because it will want to take your skin.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #18 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.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2020, 07:29:16 am »
Oh! Do you have a G21? I got the G40 a couple years ago chambered in 10mm. Really like it.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #20 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.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2020, 02:47:52 pm »
G40 is illegal in California. Not saying that was entirely why I got it, but it helped. :3

When do you expect the batch to be complete? Still a while to go?

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #22 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.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2020, 11:16:03 am »
Make sure you do a face cam for the taste test. :D

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #24 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.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2020, 04:24:48 pm »
Slow and steady! The best things from the kitchen take a while.

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #26 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:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/431188832008798230/745114149213831198/20200817_195052.jpg

And the full, fermenting growlers:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/431188832008798230/745114147909271715/20200817_194925.jpg

...And what they looked like after blowoff just a few hours later, which I guess optimistically is a sign of a powerful ferment:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/431188832008798230/745149432521162826/20200817_221742.jpg

And after that, next to the large mead batch and my amp:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/431188832008798230/745158303570722856/20200817_225228.jpg

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2020, 06:53:52 pm »
Looks gorgeous! This type takes less time to ferment?

Also is that a 700 watt microwave? >_>

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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #28 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.
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Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2020, 03:03:50 pm »
I appreciate your sentimental microwave. But treat yourself to a 1100 watt someday. :3

This is great learning for you though. It sounds like your current batch is coming along well. Which means your next batch will be even better. And the one after that will be even better! Do you write down your recipes? (well I guess you have them written here, don't you?)