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Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: December 07, 2020, 09:17:30 pm »
I'm just bad at posting lolololol

Let the thread die a bit. Bad form. Here's what I've been working on.

Cherry Popper is done, bottled, and mostly drank at this point.


In glass:


Got I think 22(!) of them or somewhere around there. Seems like economies of scale are to your benefit as far as fermenter sizes go, and larger sizes get you less waste to yeastcake and other things. The one gallon dual batches before only got me like 4-5 bottles a pop, so I was expecting less. Also bottled very well, with no bottle sediment as was the case with my previous batches. Notes of honey, orange zest/rind, fruit skin, and pineapple, in order of prevalence- honestly, still not sure if I imagined the pineapple.

Then I wanted to work on some applejack, or hard cider that's been frozen so you can remove the water, to concentrate it.

The ingredients are mostly 100% unfiltered apple juice, with a little filtered apple and pomegranate, since the grocery store only had four of the unfiltered apple.



In the freezer:


Unfortunately, this didn't turn out how I wanted- this is only slightly jacked, somewhere between 10-20 percent ABV from 8.5. Oh well, it's still perfectly drinkable as regular slightly-jacked apple wine. Not very flavorful. This is my least favorite batch so far aside from the braggot.

That's all so far. I've been thinking about doing a 3-gallon rerun of that blueberry-pomegranate cider, since it was really good. Maybe teak some things or use some adjuncts. I also have a bunch of frozen bananas I've been wanting to use for something, and beer grain from the beer kit I initially bought... Banana bread beer???

Everything Else / Re: Just got over COVID again!
« on: November 29, 2020, 04:04:45 pm »
I am doing what I can. I think it is okay to be a little scared and take precautions against something that has a 1.7% chance of killing you in America, according to WHO numbers. Prefer shutdowns to curfews, which don't reason out to being effective to me.

Ideal scenario is the state stepping in and paying people's rent and food while not working is necessary to flatten the curve, but that's not going to happen, this is America. So I do what I can to be safe, even when I work at a McDonald's, a job that requires me to touch hundreds of people a day. Not just for my own safety, but also my customers, many of whom are old and/or visibly unhealthy. If I get coronavirus, I consider it very likely I will be the vector through which at least one other person dies, at a minimum, because I will need to work until I actually take sick to pay rent. This is an unacceptable outcome to me, so I take precautions. I envy your position of safety and isolation (at least compared to LA) and I am glad you are healthy again, but I do not think I can afford to act with such leisure.

Also it's hard to stop smoking. I'm down to one Black & Mild a day. I'm working on it.

Art / Re: Must Write Bad Poetry
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:53:05 pm »
My touch shifts against worn edifice,
calluses on fingers ground to new skin by old stone,
pages turn backwards, a glimpse at the binding.
Sensual, cool, rugose and dark.

My touch parts venerable silt from ancient surface,
as did all the touches from before, my hand,
is the same hand that sculpted and buried this:
A callus remembers where a head forgets.

I uncover that I might one day remember forgetting,
I dive deep in the river where others float,
I steal time from the clutch of Death,
but only for so long.

Art / Re: The Merry Doodles and Sketches Thread!
« on: October 18, 2020, 08:01:28 pm »
Once I make a batch large enough, sure. I'm making that three-gallon cherry-pineapple right now, probably try and label those once I bottle them.

Art / Re: The Merry Doodles and Sketches Thread!
« on: October 17, 2020, 06:18:58 pm »

Been drawing a little more recently. Just trying to get back into things.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: October 13, 2020, 11:29:07 pm »
Haha, no, that one's plastic. Hard to break, easy to move.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: October 13, 2020, 04:00:00 am »
 You're damn right. Speaking of, the Harvestwine is fermented. Overshot again, down to gravity .994(!) and very dry. tastes mostly like a strong, relatively characterless wine with faintly vegetal notes.

First is a pic of how the orange has been sucked out of the butternut, second is after the first racking, away from most of the sludge.

And I DID end up getting a three-gallon... broke it in with a pineapple-cherry cider, hesitantly named "Cherry Popper".

The ingredients before, the ingredients heating, and everything together in the fermenter.

2.25 gallons unfiltered apple juice, 1 qt tart cherry juice, 2.5 lbs frozen pineapple. 12 oz brown sugar, 3 lbs orange blossom honey. Tired right now, it's a bit of an unruly baby- a little too much liquid, I think, it's fairly constantly needing a little cleanup and maintenance. Not all pets can be low-maintenance, though, eh? Smells like heaven, though. Since my ciders have all gone to ~1 gravity, I made this one with that in mind, so it should actually only get to somewhere between 10 and 11 percent this time.

« on: October 03, 2020, 01:56:04 am »
Hard to tell if this is real. Seems too useful a tool for him, if he gets corona and bounces back in a week with few to no ill effects, making him look strong and also downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic, or any number of other political moves I am not adept enough to think of. I don't and have never thought Trump is playing 4D chess, but I'd be really surprised if whichever specific interests are handling him in this situation don't have a couple of rooks and knights down on the board. I don't trust it.

Hard to tell either way without more info and waiting for things to settle out.

Everything Else / Re: Topic
« on: September 29, 2020, 10:39:00 am »

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: September 28, 2020, 11:49:37 am »

Bottled and carbonating. I sampled these from what was left over from bottling and they taste... pretty decent, actually. Liquid Summer tastes mostly like a white wine with some tart and strawberry notes. There might be a very slight taste of apple- not unlike if you somehow removed every molecule of flesh from an apple skin and just ate that. Umbral Brew tastes and smells like a cheapish red wine to a degree that surprised me a little- the tannins in the blueberries have something to do with that, I think- and despite both of them being very dry manages to effect some sweetness.

I like them both. I'm glad, because the mead never took off, and the braggot kind of... sucks. It was sour and unbalanced and not very drinkable- the kind of booze that makes you pull a face when you drink it. Some of it is making up part of a chicken marinade in my fridge right now. It WILL get you drunk, and I drank more than half of it, but I consider it something of a failure.

Thinking about doing a pineapple cider soon too, then maybe cool it on ciders for a bit.

Also putting it together that a gallon fermenter gets you about a six-pack or a little less, if you do a fruit addition... I need a three-gallon, or another five-gallon fermenter.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:49:59 pm »

The other ciders are in secondary, and I was hit by a wacky idea I wanted to get done before Halloween so I started a sort of harvest-themed cider with corn and roast butternut squash in it. If it's undrinkable, worst case I'll use it for glazes and sauces.

Still haven't tried the first ones, but they smell nice. The blueberry pomegranate just straight up smells like a red wine, and the gooseberry strawberry mostly just smells faintly of sweetness and strawberries. That's pretty promising. Should be ready for bottling and carbonation in less than a week, I'd say. Came up to 11-12 percent gravity, overshooting my estimation a little, since they fermented all the way back down to water density- 1.000 and .999 gravity readings. This means they're fairly dry, but I don't mind that as long as the flavor's good. I'll see what I can do about getting them sparkling.

And yeah sgore, I'm ecstatic with how these look- pretty similarly dramatic after fermenting, although I think the gooseberry strawberry lost a little redness- it's more orange, than anything. I feel like I should have made double batches or gotten three-gallon fermenters, I already want to have made more of the stuff.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: September 14, 2020, 11:24:09 pm »
Nope, not booze quite yet! Still fermenting, those pictures are from RIGHT after I mixed everything together and put the yeast in. The color and clarity will change a bit- although I heated fruit in these to sanitize and I'm not using any fining agents, so the pectin in the strawberries and blueberries mean they'll probably both always be a little cloudy. After a couple days the character of the fruit on the top has already changed a bit- the fruit skins look a bit softer, more broken down, and the gooseberries and strawberries have lost a little color.

As sugar gets turned into booze, the density of the liquid lowers, and more stuff gets leeched from the fruit it will fall to the bottom along with dead and inactive yeast. This forms a big crudcake called a "lees". That's basically my filtration, since too much oxygen any exposure- like you'd get from running an unfinished cider through, say, a wire strainer- will just turn all your booze into vinegar if you happen to get any acetobacter in there during. I'll siphon whatever liquid I can off the top without getting any of the lees it and let it sit for a couple weeks in a secondary fermentation, so anything else still in suspension can fall out, and so the flavors can chill out and get to know each other a little more.

And yes, I'm very happy with how these ciders look... if they end up tasting half as good, I'll be ecstatic. Hope they stay as dramatic-looking as possible as they continue to develop.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: September 14, 2020, 02:07:13 pm »
Oh, yeah, ingredients.

BATCH 1: Umbral Brew (1 gallon) - Visually dramatic color-wise, very powerful initial ferment (because of the blueberry skins?), significant blowoff.

1.5 lbs blueberries
1 qt pomegranate juice
~2 qts Trader Joe's Unfiltered Apple Juice (a little more, probably)
6 oz dark brown sugar (175 grams is what I measured on the scale)
~1.5 cups honey (I know I'm mixing weight and volume, weighing honey sucks, deal)

BATCH 2: Liquid Summer (1 gallon) - Smelled like a million bucks. Small amount of blowoff.

1 lb strawberries, tops removed
.5 lbs golden gooseberries
~2.5 qts Trader Joe's Unfiltered Apple Juice (or whatever amount you need to get to a reasonable amount  of headspace in your fermenter)
6 oz dark brown sugar
~1.5 cups honey (or whatever it takes to get to ~1.09 OG)

Fruits were heated in the cider for a bit to sanitize, in order to remove any molds or wild critters. The result was blended and put in the fermenters with the juice, where the brown sugar and honey were added until they hit around 1.09 gravity- 1.093 for the Umbral Brew, 1.091 for Liquid Summer. Should get up to around 10 percent. I don't think these count as cysers, since honey only makes up like between a quarter and a third of the gravity. Then again, I don't think that actually has a hard and fast definition... one of them has a bunch of pomegranate juice in it too, so... whatever. I'm just calling these ciders. Yeast is K1V-1116, because that is what I have.

Everything Else / Re: Booze and Brew: The Homebrewing Topic
« on: September 13, 2020, 04:20:41 pm »

Bottled and primed the braggot- should be carbonated in a couple weeks- and started a new batch last night. Two gallons of cider- one with blueberries and pomegranate juice, the other one with strawberries and golden gooseberries. Both were sweetened with brown sugar and honey up to around 1.090 OG- 1.091 for the strawberry, 1.093 for the blueberry- so they should come out to around ten percent like the braggot. Trader Joe's unfiltered apple juice as a base. Had some blowoff on these, actually, had to clean them this morning. Those two pictures are from last night and around noon today and you can see it's already fizzing. Very vigorous fermentation... it HAS been warm lately, I probably should have left more headroom.

Got a different type of high-abv wine yeast and chucked it in the old mead... no mold pellicle or anything, so it can keep sitting and hopefully the yeast is still working if slowly, but I don't know if it's moving. Gotta check the gravity again soon.


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