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Old 10-21-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Anybody else have a busy brew day?

I know I did, I took yesterday off work and my buddy and I spent about 6 solid hours beering. Brewed an Irish Stout, delabeled bottles and bottled our punkin ale, kegged my cider, and moved 10 gallons of Know Ale to the secondary.

Since my equipment was maxxed out, it took some planning to make everything come out at the right time.

I'll say this though, bottling goes a heck of a lot faster with two or three people. My wife was setting bottles up, my buddy filling and me capping. We cranked through 47 bottles in about 10 minutes or less. Yeah, the punkin only gave us 47 bottles. Even though I used a secondary, there was still about three or four inches of trub on the bottom.

So did/are any of you all having a busy brew day this weekend?

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Old 10-21-2006, 02:53 PM   #2
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Not *this* weekend, but a few weeks ago I brewed an old ale and a weizen. 8 hour brew day. That was too much like work and I don't suppose I'll do it again.

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Old 10-21-2006, 03:10 PM   #3
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I brewed Thursday, and it seems every brew day is busy for me, especially when I'm going solo. Seems there is always something to do.

I sure do love it though.

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Old 10-21-2006, 04:29 PM   #4
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I'm thinking about doing one tomorrow. I ran across (yet another) recipe for pumpkin ale. The big difference is this one uses fresh pumpkin in the mash. You cut it up and roast it in the oven, then pulp it for the mash. Just about every other recipe I've seen puts the pumpkin in the primary.

Then again, I really need to get the Whole Harvest ale done.

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Old 10-21-2006, 04:48 PM   #5
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im brewing my third batch this week today. I kind of spread out everything I needed to do throughout the week which made it kind of nice. Kegging, brewing, racking, starters, etc etc

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Old 10-22-2006, 12:33 AM   #6
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I'm having a busy gadget day. I have high hopes of brewing tomorrow, but I still have a bit to get done. I'll post pics when I get a chance. So far here's what I've done today:

  • Big trip to the hardware store(s)
  • Finished my DIY Grain Mill (except for some paint...but it works!)
  • Finished my 60 qt Igloo Ice Cube mash tun conversion
  • Made an immersion heater from copper tube/fittings (RIMS-type system)
  • Welded a 1/2" NPT fitting on my brew kettle
  • Taking a quick break from finishing my first DIY Conical Fermenter - might get it done tonight
To do (tomorrow I guess...):
  • Brew stand for two kettles and a burner
  • Temperature controlled brew closet
  • BREW!!!

Guess I'm having a busy brew weekend!
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:02 AM   #7
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I brewed the 1982 SNPA this afternoon and tried a few different things. I made my starter this morning around 9 and didn't pitch until about 9:30pm so we'll see how quickly it starts, I've never given a starter more than 4 hours before. I used a whisk to aerate the wort, this was suggested in another thread earlier this week. I am trying out a 6.5 gal carboy as the primary for the 1st time which made for a fun time getting the wort into the primary, a lot more difficult than just pouring it into a plastic bucket.
I really need to invest in a chiller.....

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Just finished a 10 hour brew saturday with the bro. 9:00am opening at Beer & Wine for some last-minute supplies and a 10:00 start on a Oktoberfest (late, but what the hell!) and 3:00 start on a Spiced Celebration Ale. The Oktoberfest couldn't be done sooner - going for rack/keg/force kind of fast-track - too many empty cornies! The Celebration Ale (cinnamon, cloves, orange, ginger) is going to hot the bottles and wait for the 'Season.

2 worts in one day used to be a challenge w/o the wort chiller and confidence with some mashing but nowadays I think 3 might be a more proper all-day'r. hmmm next saturday??

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...start on a Oktoberfest (late, but what the hell!)... Oktoberfest couldn't be done sooner - going for rack/keg/force kind of fast-track - too many empty cornies!...
March '07 is almost here...then it'll be time to brew a new batch...
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March '07 is almost here...then it'll be time to brew a new batch...
Unfortunately, I'm on track for a long "business trip" during that time frame. I plan on filling every corny I can with lager (a first for me, I'm an ale brewer thus far), and I want make sure my soon-to-be conical is full of a lager of some sort before I leave. I might be brewing an Oktoberfest in December at that rate...
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