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TheBreweryUnderground 03-10-2012 07:36 PM

Hobo Brewing
 
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So I'm desperate to brew and have no equipment besides a basic kitchen here in Argentina. So I'm BIABing with a bandanna, no thermometer, unidentified malt and hops, and wild fermenting. We'll see how this goes...


TheBreweryUnderground 03-10-2012 08:21 PM

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I thought about that but I am in the mountains and don't have a good way to maintain temps so I brought the grains from fairly warm to too hot to put my finger in. I was afraid of going over and getting tannins in but I don't think that happened.


TheBreweryUnderground 03-10-2012 08:21 PM

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I thought about that but I am in the mountains and don't have a good way to maintain temps so I brought the grains from fairly warm to too hot to put my finger in. I was afraid of going over and getting tannins in but I don't think that happened.


TheBreweryUnderground 03-10-2012 09:12 PM

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So it's in the fermentor and tasting soso, very chocolatey with a bitter aftertaste, maybe I'll call it a Belgian Chocolate IPA. I added some oats to the mash and brown sugar to the boil, cinnamon and cocoa at flame out. Right now it's tasting pretty bitter and thick, hopefully the sediment will settle enough. The jar is sitting next to several other jars of fermenting things (sour kraut, sourdough, etc.) so I'm hoping some of their goodies make the leap over. I guess now is the waiting game, I have no idea what the og is and didn't measure anything I put in so hopefully a beer like substance comes out.


TheBreweryUnderground 03-18-2012 07:52 PM

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It's been 8 days and it has a nice krausen now! The hop aroma has toned down a bit and I can smell bread, chocolate, and alcohol, which is actually pretty nice. I was doubtful at first but it seems to be doing well so far.

As for South American beers, currently I'm just outside El Bolson aka Hop Capital of Argentina/South America. The beers here are really straightforward pale ale, red ale, stout although Berlina has an IPA, and Antares a Barleywine and RIS. In Chile there's better beer, Szot is my favorite and they have great barleywines, strong ale, and steam beer. Kross is good too and they have a few Belgian styles, an ESB, and a 110 minute IPA that just came out, their Maibock is also solid. Everywhere else I have experienced the beer like substance and it's pretty bad.


TheBreweryUnderground 04-12-2012 11:58 PM

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So the first batch turned out way too bitter, but I made another batch and pitched it on the yeast cake. Still very bitter but not so much that I'd dump it. The yeast was very clean and well flocculating, no sourness at all. Successful but it would have been better with fresher ingredients, the hops were in a jar that have been sitting out for who knows how long!



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