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Started by Hundredsand on Sep 12, 2013 10:09:05 AM
Bung an Airlock in the Demi-john

If you've got stuff brewing in the cupboard, are you doing it because it gets cheap result, or is a tasty little hobby which can cost more than buying a bottle of plonk?

djsuggz - 18 Mar 2015 15:34:25 (#321 of 663)

Fine, I think, axo. It's a lot easier, for sure. I just panic a bit about equalising the spread, but I gave it a good old stir.

The pilsner was a little less lively than the stout, but I think it should pick up enough to gas the brew sufficiently. It'll stand untouched now for another 4.5 months or so.

Those two flavoured reds are starting to slow right down, now. I am fascinated to find out what a cab sauv with blackberry and earl grey notes in it will taste like.

djsuggz - 19 Mar 2015 20:32:32 (#322 of 663)

Hop pellets are 24h in the pale ale now. Don't half chuck up at the moment, but we'll see!

djsuggz - 21 Mar 2015 09:18:05 (#323 of 663)

Final big project underway. Just the mead to work on after this.

Nip over 20 litres of Apple and Raspberry cider.

20 litres of apple juice, a jar of honey, three tins of raspberries in syrup, 300g of sugar and 20g of yeast. Simplicity itself. Couple of weeks to bubble, rack into something clean and then a week to settle before bottling up.

Total cost, just over 30p per pint.

nemo75 - 21 Mar 2015 09:18:39 (#324 of 663)

Oh, that sounds very interesting indeed!

djsuggz - 21 Mar 2015 10:17:36 (#325 of 663)

£11.56 of ingredients and a large vessel is all you need neems.

Latterly a few plastic bottles, a tube and some 70p sterilising tablets, I guess, but it's a super cheap way of generating some nice booze.

Still contemplating that Um Bongo notion.

nemo75 - 21 Mar 2015 11:15:08 (#326 of 663)

I must away. Trying not to think about booze for another 25 hours.

Running Reading tomorrow.

djsuggz - 21 Mar 2015 11:17:48 (#327 of 663)

Indeed. Today is my 28th day (of 40) of juicelessness. Bit bored, but it's all good really.

Run well, good fellow.

nemo75 - 21 Mar 2015 11:27:10 (#328 of 663)

Thankee Kindly!

JennyRad - 21 Mar 2015 19:24:22 (#329 of 663)

Good luck, neems! A friend of mine is running it too - I expect to be feeding her a lot of cider tomorrow evening.

axolotl - 21 Mar 2015 22:38:39 (#330 of 663)

#323 - Sound excellent. We're currently enjoying some of the cider I made a couple of months back, using Aldi apple juice, and it's genuinely decent. I got the slightly more expensive (but still really quite cheap) not from concentrate type. I'm not sure there's much difference in taste though.

I think we'll have to give that apple and raspberry brew a go before this summer arrives.

djsuggz - 31 Mar 2015 15:20:03 (#331 of 663)

I shall be picking up my honey and raspberries later on today to have a bash at mead making. Got the other bits and bobs all sorted.

Going to start it off in a bucket, I think, and go through the initial racking phase from there, so's I don't have to get solid fruit matter into a demijohn.

All rather exciting.

djsuggz - 31 Mar 2015 22:34:12 (#332 of 663)

The mead is underway...

djsuggz - 02 Apr 2015 14:18:07 (#333 of 663)

.. and smells quite agreeable, a couple of days in. Going to let it sit and continue to works its magic for a few days in the small fermenting bucket whilst we nip off to Bulgaria for a short holiday. Just the liquid itself will be off into a demijohn in about a weeks or so from now.

Elsewhere, the Razorback IPA is fining away quite nicely. Gets clearer by the day. At the same time as the job above it'll be mass-primed and bottled. High hopes. V hoppy brew. The big raspberry and apple cider won't be far behind. Had a noseful of that the other day, and it smells awesome.

Further elsewhere, all four demijohns of wine (Gooseberry, Elderflower, Black Tea and Black Coffee) are all into the fining phase as well. Our siphons will be quite busy, once we're back from holiday!

KittyKarateRedux - 09 Apr 2015 16:05:58 (#334 of 663)

I'm such a conservative brewer, I'm basically 'buy a wine kit', 'follow instructions slavishly', 'drink in moderation' type. I admire your willingness to try chucking stuff in like the tea and coffee.

TheRenegadeMaster - 09 Apr 2015 16:32:42 (#335 of 663)

I'm quiet tempted by chucking some local oysters into a wilko's stout kit to see what happens

Hundredsand - 09 Apr 2015 18:22:24 (#336 of 663)

Nooooo! Not until it's finished. Then chuck one in a glass.

djsuggz - 13 Apr 2015 16:43:34 (#337 of 663)


End of the first day back in the office, and time for an update on the latest creations.

In the last week, we have decanted:

4.5 litres each of:

Foolish Gooseberry

Enthusiastic Elderflower

Black Coffee

Black Tea

A further 20 litres of Razorback IPA

A further 20 litres of apple and raspberry cider

So, just the 58 litres of additional stock. We have something ludicrous like 200 litres of homemade booze on the property just now. Good job we're having a party in the Summer!

The cider was just a tiny bit disappointing at first, but I think will mellow. The Razorback IPA is already a smooth drink with a hoppy bite; just needs to condition in the bottle for a bit.

The two whites are as good as ever - there is no better kit for producing a quick clear wine than Young's Gooseberry - it's a steal for £8.50.

The winner this round was the Black Tea red wine. Makes a smoother and more herbal tasting Cab Sauv than the coffee and blackberry mixture. Went very nicely straight from the demijohn with my dinner of cheese and ham omelette. It should sit and mature quite encouragingly.

So, just the old raspberry mead puttering away, now. Ready to rack into a second clean vessel in just over another week or so. Beautiful colour.

Having a bit of time off, but also starting to think of what comes next. Certainly a second go elderflower fizz, I think. First batch was lush, cleared a treat but was a bastard to serve cleanly. Also wondering about a more dry and crisp wine, made from veg, with less sugar. Not sure what, though. Maybe kale, or something less obvious.

djsuggz - 16 Apr 2015 10:54:17 (#338 of 663)

Just to keep this bumping along.

We're starting to have discussions on the home front about creating a still, which we'll use to work up a couple of bottles of the Apple Assault sweet white we made last year. It will get drunk at some stage, I guess, but it seems if we can get an old-fashioned pressure cooker for the stove top and a coil of copper wire and an old bucket to put it in (soaked in water) that may be enough for a bit of experimentation on a first batch of Doom Hooch.

Has anyone tried this? I know it isn't necessarily that legal, but we'd like to complete the full 'set'.

KittyKarateRedux - 16 Apr 2015 11:09:32 (#339 of 663)

My bulgarian mates used to do the pressure cooker still thing to make home brew rakia. None of them are dead yet.

Hundredsand - 16 Apr 2015 13:11:12 (#340 of 663)

there is no better kit for producing a quick clear wine than Young's Gooseberry

djsuggz - are you buying this from a local home-brewing merchant or ordering online?

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