Home brewing

Walter
#1
I brew my own beer in my basement and have for almost 20 years. Anyone else do this?
 
hermanntrude
#2
my father used to make wine from unusual things, such as potato and banana. I've never tried it. maybe when i have a permanant home i will
 
Walter
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

maybe when i have a permanant home i will

That's when I started.
 
s243a
#4
I did that once upon a time. It was fun. I live in a one bedroom apartment now so I donít think it is a good idea.
 
selfactivated
#5
I want to make cordials this summer.
 
Walter
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by s243aView Post

I live in a one bedroom apartment now so I donít think it is a good idea.

Space is needed. However, for about $15 I make about 65-70 bottles of very good product. Well worth the effort.
 
Sparrow
#7
I have never heard of Cordials, what are they?
 
#juan
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

I brew my own beer in my basement and have for almost 20 years. Anyone else do this?

We have made our own beer and wine for quite a few years. We use the commercial beer and wine kits and for a good beer, or a certainly passable wine, you can't go wrong. All that is required is attention to detail and cleanliness. Pay a lot of attention to cleanliness. Good wine and good beer can be had for $2.00 a bottle and $4.00 a dozen respectively.
 
selfactivated
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by SparrowView Post

I have never heard of Cordials, what are they?

Their flavored liquers. like brandy, bourbon, ect

Heres a simple recipe

Peach cordial

3 pound fresh peaches pitted and quartered
4 cups bourbon
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 strips lemon peal, each 2 inches long
4 inches cinnamon stick broken
6 whole cloves
In a gallon screw-top jar mix all ingredients. Cover tightly. Invert jar; let stand 24 hours. Turn jar upright; let stand 24 hours. Repeat turning till sugar dissolves. Store in cool, dark place at least 2 months. Strain through cheese cloth into decanters, cover. makes 6 cups.
 
karrie
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

my father used to make wine from unusual things, such as potato and banana. I've never tried it. maybe when i have a permanant home i will

i'd love to give it a go once i've moved. I've always wanted to try my hand at wine making. Seems like we're never settled enough though. lol.
 
L Gilbert
#11
Anyone ever tried absinthe? Always wondered what it tasted like.
So far I like the taste of real rye, real potato vodka, a few rums but mostly Appleton's, various beers but not many ales, gin, and some liqueurs like the ones tasting like licorice, Irish cream, ones that taste like oranges and lemons, creme de menthe and peppermint schnapps, and some wines particularly Rieslings.
I've wanted to make my own beers but never got around to collecting the carboys and whatnot.
 
El Barto
#12
tried beer twice, It gave me a migrain.
I do wine , 160 bottles and going down,,,,,,,,,,,,
 
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
#13
L Gilbert-

Absinthe tastes like if black liquorice could beat your throat with alocohol and fire....pouring it over sugar helps alot, but I've ended up drinking milk afterwards to 'calm the beast'.

Btw, it doesn't make you trip or anything...it's just a slightly different kind of buzz. Movies showing people getting all weird from wormwood(Absinthe's catalyst or whatever you call it) usually neglect to mention that those dudes were big opium users too.

And I would love to brew my own beer, but my house is very tiny....and cram full of our crap (not literally speaking of course).
 
hermanntrude
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by Rar! I'm a scary monster!View Post

L Gilbert-

Absinthe tastes like if black liquorice could beat your throat with alocohol and fire....pouring it over sugar helps alot, but I've ended up drinking milk afterwards to 'calm the beast'.

Btw, it doesn't make you trip or anything...it's just a slightly different kind of buzz. Movies showing people getting all weird from wormwood(Absinthe's catalyst or whatever you call it) usually neglect to mention that those dudes were big opium users too.

And I would love to brew my own beer, but my house is very tiny....and cram full of our crap (not literally speaking of course).

the reason for this is that absinthe as it used to be made is illegal now. the stuff you buy now is probably similar in flavour (probably nicer) but doesnt contain much of the hallucenogenic stuff. In the old days people put whatever they wanted in. Also it generally used to be a lot stronger. 70% alcohol wasnt uncommon. I've seen stuff with 70% ocassionally so it's not impossible to get now but it's pretty rare. Most spirits hang around the 40% mark.
 
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
#15
Yeah, the 140 proof bottle was too potent. We got an 80 proof one (actually 2) which was much smoother and didn't render your throat 'ground beefy'. I still used milk as a chaser. Bad taste, but it made things alot easier.
 
hermanntrude
#16
proof is a weird measurement. % by volume makes a lot more sense. then you actually know how much alcohol there is in it. Although I bought some ethanol at work recently which was 200 proof. so i spose it's roughly double the percent by volume?
 
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
#17
Yes. 80 proof = 40% alcohol

I just go by what the bottle sez. Some say percent per volume, others say proof.

....then again, some comes in mason jars and burns blue when ignited. (ever heard of Copperhead Road?)
 
karrie
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

proof is a weird measurement. % by volume makes a lot more sense. then you actually know how much alcohol there is in it. Although I bought some ethanol at work recently which was 200 proof. so i spose it's roughly double the percent by volume?

Proof is precisely what you figured out... double the percentage by volume. Proof just sounds so much more dramatic though! A measly 40% alcohol per volume spirit becomes a dramatic 80 proof! Who wouldn't prefer to use that measurement when explaining why you have such a dastardly hangover? lol.
 
Curiosity
#19
My sister and her husband tried making Saki one year....

The procedure involves raisins which float to the surface of the urn at some point in the fermentation (ugh) process....

Her husband scooped the raisins out of the urn and threw them into their back yard. She phoned me to drive over to her house to see all the birds lined up on the fence stunned from a raisin drunk I guess .....lasted for hours poor things.... (or was it the rice? can't remember)
 
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
#20
I don't get hangovers unless I drink something that's sweet. Chocolate martini's? Worst. Hangover. Ever.
 
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
#21
PS- As a n00b, I can't figure out how to use an avatar. The option for no avatars just won't un-click in control panel. Help?
 
karrie
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by CuriosityView Post

My sister and her husband tried making Saki one year....

The procedure involves raisins which float to the surface of the urn at some point in the fermentation (ugh) process....

Her husband scooped the raisins out of the urn and threw them into their back yard. She phoned me to drive over to her house to see all the birds lined up on the fence stunned from a raisin drunk I guess .....lasted for hours poor things.... (or was it the rice? can't remember)

With saki, it should have been rice yeah. We had a similar thing happen when I was young, only it involved our horses.

We used to have what we called 'the shack'. It was the original log cabin built when our farm was homesteaded. Once the mobile home was moved on (yee-haw, I'm redneck), we started using the shack for storage. This included empty wine and spirit bottles, lawn furniture, and our freezer. Kids being kids, we loved to play out there. The original stove was still there, we had scrounged up some buckets, and we'd play 'kitchen'. We'd grab up handfuls of grain from the barn. When mom accidentally dropped a bag of saskatoons destined for the freezer, we were quick to pick them up and add them to 'the stew'. My little brother would pour the dregs of the whiskey bottles and wine into the bucket as well. In the end, we had a bucket full of booze, grain, and berries. It sat there for AGES. As near as I can recall, we had that bucket of booze slurry for at least a year, constantly twinking with 'the recipe'. Until the horses got into the shack one day, and ate the whole damn bucket. We came home from town to find the horses standing on the front lawn, nodding their heads, up and down, up and down, up and down. They stood there like that all day. It took my brother and I all of five seconds to put together the meaning behind the horses' behavior, and the door of the shack hanging wide open.
 
karrie
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by Rar! I'm a scary monster!View Post

PS- As a n00b, I can't figure out how to use an avatar. The option for no avatars just won't un-click in control panel. Help?

It will unlock once you're no longer a newbie. It takes a certain number of posts to be allowed an avatar.
 
karrie
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by Rar! I'm a scary monster!View Post

I don't get hangovers unless I drink something that's sweet. Chocolate martini's? Worst. Hangover. Ever.

yeah, chocolatinis aren't really made for getting drunk. lol. sipping in the hot tub, yes. getting drunk, no.

I tend to avoid sugary drinks at all costs now too. Ceasars or wine are my drinks of choice. Even the white wines I'm starting to find too sweet, and beer as well. Lately I've been craving a good old cup of campfire coffee and rye.
 
Curiosity
#25
Thanks Karrie!!

That horsie story was a hoot ...

Funny about that Saki - I think they never drank it after that - or at least never admitted to drinking it....

Also strange was this particular sister (I had six) wasn't one of the blondes !!
 
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

It will unlock once you're no longer a newbie. It takes a certain number of posts to be allowed an avatar.

Thanks Karrie....I kinda thought that might be it.

Re: Choclatinis-- Yeah, I didn't exactly INTEND to get drunk...it's just that so many of them fell into my mouth. I'm innocent, I tells ya! Theatre parties are a bit raucous...
 
karrie
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by CuriosityView Post

Thanks Karrie!!

That horsie story was a hoot ...

Funny about that Saki - I think they never drank it after that - or at least never admitted to drinking it....

Also strange was this particular sister (I had six) wasn't one of the blondes !!

lol. six sisters, that's incredible! My mom grew up with five sisters and I thought that was difficult enough at family gatherings! lol.
 
karrie
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by Rar! I'm a scary monster!View Post

Yeah, I didn't exactly INTEND to get drunk...it's just that so many of them fell into my mouth. I'm innocent, I tells ya!

Yeah, I'm familiar with that phenomena. I have a friend here in town that, when we get together, whole bottles of wine can just magically transport themselves into our tummies. Bizarre how it happens.
 
#juan
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Anyone ever tried absinthe? Always wondered what it tasted like.
So far I like the taste of real rye, real potato vodka, a few rums but mostly Appleton's, various beers but not many ales, gin, and some liqueurs like the ones tasting like licorice, Irish cream, ones that taste like oranges and lemons, creme de menthe and peppermint schnapps, and some wines particularly Rieslings.
I've wanted to make my own beers but never got around to collecting the carboys and whatnot.

Hi L.G.
You can buy everything you need in a kit including the carboy etc for aroud $50.00 The beer kits are between $10 and $15. You provide the water and the labour. Just follow the instructions and you will have about five dozen beer ready to drink in roughly a month and a half.
 
Curiosity
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

lol. six sisters, that's incredible! My mom grew up with five sisters and I thought that was difficult enough at family gatherings! lol.

Karrie

I was the quiet one too! And there is one brother! He's spoiled and was a monster!
 

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