Thursday, April 23, 2009

On deck, my Scottish Ale...

Here is a pic of me brewing my Scottish ale, my starting gravity was 1.054 so I should be looking at about 5.5% ABV. We'll see how it turns out.

Completed Blonde

Here is a picture of my completed Blonde. As you can see it seems their is too much head. So I cut the CO2 down to 8 PSI and it seems to be getting better.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kegging Day....

Ok so today is my first time kegging, I started off with an OG of 1.051 and ended up at 1.01 so from what BrewCalcs says my Blonde should be around 5.5% ABV. Since its a Blonde I set it at 11 psi and im cooling it down to 40-42 degrees, in about a week it should carbonated and ready to serve.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A week later....

So here is a picture of my Blonde about a week after transferring it to the secondary. As you can see it has cleared up very nicely, I am going to keg this beer sometime next week. This will be my first time kegging so we'll see how it goes.

Monday, April 6, 2009

So I woke up this morning.....

And this is what I saw in my carboy. At first I thought it was an Infection, after consulting some guys on we decided that it was just CO2 bubbles that had collected on top. Which this is the case cause when I picked it up to move it the bubbles separated and you could see each individual bubble, its weird how they clump together and can look like bacteria.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Blondes are better....

Here is a picture of my American Blonde, that I just switched over to secondary to help clear it up a little. It sat about 9 days in primary and now ill probably keep it in the secondary carboy for about 2 weeks then keg it. (this will be my first time kegging, so we'll see how it goes)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

As Promised my first home brew an American IPA

Whats Brewing right now...

I have an American IPA in the bottle/Fridge, which is almost gone. This beer was an all extract kit from Williams Brewing you can google them. Well being how it was my very first home brew and all we read the directions wrong and add the hops to early (these were the bittering hops). At first the beer tasted like ass but since it has been able to sit in the bottle for 2 weeks it has really came along and is really awesome now. I'll take a pic of a glass of the American IPA sometime.

The second beer I did was a American Wheat, we got this from a local home brew store in Asheville, NC call Hops & Vines (which I like this store more than the other in Asheville, it seems like they have more choices and they are great people) we did this at my buddies house. Since I was still fermenting my American IPA we used my glass carboy as the primary bucket. Note to self, leave room for fermentation or you will get an airlock rocket that will shoot beer all over the ceiling and wall. This beer is in bottle stage but its going to take a good two more weeks to carbonate.

The third beer I have done is a Blonde, I got this kit from a company online called homebrewers outpost again you can google them. This was my first Partial Mash, which means this one has part grains that you steep and part extract. Well again I didn't read the directions well enough and ended up steeping the grains in way to much water. But I still got a good GO reading at 1.05 so the beer should be around 5% ABV when its done. I tasted it the other day it taste good! So I guess I didn't screw it up as bad as I thought, seems like it might just be more of a light beer then it is intended to be. I'm going to keep this one in primary for about 8 days then I'm going to transfer it to a secondary to help clear it up, I mean its a blonde right so it might as well look good.

New to me.....

So, this is my first blog. I wanted to start bloging mainly about beer and my home brewing hobbie. I have been a home brewer since March. I have two extract brews and one partial brew under my belt with many more to come. Home brewing isnt hard and you can get 95% of everything you need to get started for under $100. Some websites that have homebrew kits to get you started are or you can try for people who are selling their old kits. To get more info on home brewing you can take a look at this is a talk forum about home brewing.