Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's bottling day!!!

Tonight is the night.  I'm going to bottle the pumpkin spice ale.  That usually means I'll get a mouthful since I don't have an autosiphon.  While it's not a final indicator of success or failure, I should know by the end of the evening whether or not I'm on the right path with this one. 

But first, I've got to stop and pick up some new tubing.  I learned a valuable lesson about sterilization.  My current tubing has developed what I'll call a lot of gunk inside it- probably because I did a subpar job washing it after the last use.  So, I'll be replacing it and being more vigilant with my sanitizing process on every piece of equipment, not just the brew kettle, bottles and buckets, from now on.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

When I'm not making beer...

I'm making wine.  Today was bottling day at my house.  Well today was bleed the brake lines on the ratty old van day at my house.  After that it became bottle the wine day.  This year I wound up with just a gallon of dandelion (don't make that face it turned out great last year) and a gallon of watermelon (like the Tracy Byrd song).  So today I washed 8 bottles and got to bottling.  This is a little different than bottling beer because you don't have to carbonate, but you do have to cork.  Fortunately, loyal reader Poppa Joe has one I can borrow.  After all that, here's this year's crop, 4 watermelon on the left (it's the pink one) and 4 dandelion on the right (the yellow).  Maybe if you're real nice I'll tell you how I did it some time.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Teach a friend to brew day

This Saturday is teach a friend to brew day.  Find a friend, drag him to your kitchen or garage or wherever you brew and teach him how all that delicious beer he mooches off you is made.  Maybe one day he can return the favor by producing something of his own. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Telling it to the blog...

Tonight is supposed to be bottling night at my house, but as of yesterday the pumpkin ale was still bubbling at a pretty good rate.  I'm not even going to take a gravity reading until it slows some more.  So for now we're on hold. 

I do need some ideas for what to make next though.  Shoot us an email at newguybrewing@gmail.com with your favorite recipes.