Lower a bottle of vodka in it while making
mow unsuspecting women with it
The problem with bottling is that it's easy to fuck things up in that step, and it can leave the beer tasting weird and with a strong yeast flavor.
The flavors will mingle and mellow with age, so the longer you let the beer settle in the bottle before drinking the better. Try to wait at least 4-8 weeks after bottling before drinking the beer.
When you keg and force carbonate the beer is carbonated enough to drink in about 2-3 days, but it tastes like ass for about a month until the flavor mellows. I don't know what causes it to taste bad in the beginning, but time really does make a difference.
My IPA is still fermenting so much that I haven't racked it to secondary*. No real update.
* When someone says "racked it to secondary" what that means is to transfer the beer from one fermenting container to a second fermenting container. When you do this you are supposed to "rack" the beer, which is basically just siphoning it so that you don't get a bunch of oxygen mixed in by pouring it. This is done to help clear the beer by leaving sediment and gross stuff in the bottom of the first container.
I transferred the IPA that was fermenting like crazy into a keg on Wednesday. I'm force carbonating it at 30PSI in hopes that I can have it carbonated in time for a BBQ this weekend. I didn't bother racking it to secondary, so it is going to be a very cloudy beer.
Check it out! I planted some hops so I could try growing my own for making beer!
It took them about 3 weeks after planting before they came up, but it is finally growing now. Very exciting!
That little guy is about 1" high right now.
If you want to make something on your own but can't be arsed getting all of these sweet kits, try mead.
All you really need is like, a bit under a week, a bucket, water, a couple of lemons, yeast.. What am I missing?
When you bottle it, drop in like 2-4 raisins a bottle to indicate when it's ready to put into the fridge and let it sit there for a couple of days. Filter raisins out when you want to consume, done.
You can also try "Panty Dropper Sweet Cider (For the Ladies)"
8 cans of Wal-Mart Apple Juice Concentrate
2 Gallons Tree Top Apple Juice
2 lbs Regular White Table Sugar
Sweet Mead Yeast (such as White Labs WLP720)
Topped up to 5.5 gallons with bottled spring water
Heat one gallon of juice up to 150 and add four cans of concentrate and the sugar to dissolve.
Leave out the other four cans of concentrate to soften and use to cool down the heated mix.
Combine all ingredients in fermenting bucket or other container, and then add yeast.
Add airlock to container, and leave in a dark, room-temperature area for 4 weeks.
I'm going to be brewing another batch or two of beer this Sunday with some friends.
Does anyone have any questions about beer making, or is there anything people would like to see pictures of?
I'll try to take pictures of anything anybody wants.
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