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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?

moto748 - 20 Nov 2020 17:39:08 (#581 of 663)

In acknowledgement of our Glorious Turnip Future, I have dug out a recipe for parsnip stout.

Watch this space!

nemo75 - 20 Nov 2020 19:03:04 (#582 of 663)

Ooooh. Interesting. I think.

moto748 - 02 Dec 2020 13:45:11 (#583 of 663)

Parsnip stout now bottled. Looks quite promising, actually.

nemo75 - 02 Dec 2020 13:47:31 (#584 of 663)

Hmm. I thought this was the Brexit thread then.

moto748 - 10 Dec 2020 00:55:20 (#585 of 663)

Right, this is positively my last attempt at lager! Have never been successful in the (distant) past, but I'll give it another go with modern hops and yeast.

BasilSeal - 10 Dec 2020 01:05:40 (#586 of 663)

I've racked off my first batch of cider, i'd got three 30 litre fermenting vessels ready according to the hydrometer, and only one spare 30 litre vessel to go at so i filled that to the brim with one and a bit of the fermented vessels, then washed one of the emptied ones out and filled that, i was left with about half a vessel of cider still to rack and no suitably sized vessel so i've bottled that to see how it turns out.

moto748 - 17 Dec 2020 22:12:54 (#587 of 663)

Tried batch #1 of bitter tonight. A big improvement since my first taste (a couple of weeks ago), which had me a tad disappointed. Quite decent, actually. Will be fine for Xmas.

moto748 - 18 Dec 2020 17:26:25 (#588 of 663)

Parsnip stout #2 started.

moto748 - 27 Dec 2020 14:54:57 (#589 of 663)

I was musing yesterday as to whether it would be feasible to up production to the extent that buying beer became as rare as buying bread (I think I've bought two loaves since March). Possible, I think, but i don't think I'd want to go quite that far. Plus, I have a Xmas gift token for more beer from local specialised beer shop.

JennyRad - 27 Dec 2020 15:17:41 (#590 of 663)

One often likes more variation in one's beer than one's bread, too, and a sort of production-line effort may make that harder? Although I suppose it depends on your amount of storage space and so on ...

moto748 - 27 Dec 2020 16:39:32 (#591 of 663)

Yeah there's that about it too. A bit of variety is nice. But part of the objective is building up a stock so you don't drink it too early. There's a big improvement to be had by leaving it say a couple of months in the bottle.

JennyRad - 27 Dec 2020 16:47:10 (#592 of 663)

True - a friend has sent me a bottle of home-grown home-brewed cider which he says is drinkable now but will be better in six months. It's quite hard to resist. (But I'm keeping it, because the gift was one of those little things in December that was disproportionately cheering.)

BasilSeal - 27 Dec 2020 17:26:00 (#593 of 663)

you'd have to be keen to drink my home made cider now, i did open one of the first batch to try it but let's just say it's not quite vintage yet.

nemo75 - 27 Dec 2020 17:28:25 (#594 of 663)

Anyone do small batch grain recipes? I was given a Brooklyn beer kit a few years ago that I should use...

moto748 - 27 Dec 2020 17:36:27 (#595 of 663)

How long do you generally keep your cider before drinking, Basil?

BasilSeal - 27 Dec 2020 17:43:33 (#596 of 663)

I've never made any before so it's a bit wait and see. I had three 33 litre fermentation vessels which had done the primary fermentation by the end of November so i racked them off into two vessels of the same size and put the surplus into bottles, so they've been in the bottle for about a month, you could just about drink it if you were desperate but it's very dry and has a bit of a yeasty nose to it still.

I'm going to bottle the rest as soon as i get chance, i'l see if that is better for being racked off and settled a second time, i had to bottle some because obviously as all the fermenting vessels are the same size, if i'd racked three off into three then they'd have had too much air in. it's all a bit trial and error really.

moto748 - 27 Dec 2020 18:01:18 (#597 of 663)

Sounds like patience is the key! I know nothing of making cider.

djsuggz - 27 Dec 2020 19:16:29 (#598 of 663)

Never made cider in great quantities. Will do next year, as we should get a lot more apples.

Agree with the general principle that it needs time, though. Most of these things do. Funnily enough I have a demijohn’s worth of cider made from my own cooking apples just finishing off.

moto748 - 02 Jan 2021 15:36:33 (#599 of 663)

New Year, new beer!

arbitrary - 02 Jan 2021 23:40:42 (#600 of 663)

Once made cider from a gallon of apple concentrate from a wholefood cooperative. Brewed like a beer. Most excellent.

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