Well.. First off, HELLO EVERYBODY!
I'm new here
I hope to lean a lot and all advice will be very appreciated!
Just about 2 weeks ago i had this semi-sudden interest in home brewing, especially in beer.. I want to be able to make what i want, when I want it.. But mainly it's to find out how great a beer i can come up with & to experiment.. A LOT! (and I really want to be able to make a nice good ol' stout.. mmmmm...
Anyway! My first attempt was about 13 days ago.. still goin' at it. I used a simple ginger ale recipie.. with my own little twists (I don't know if they were the best moves.. but they seemed right); I took 500 grams of molasses, some powdered indian white ginger, about a cup of sugar, 11gr. of bakers yeast (i hear its not the best but its all i could find) and 5 gallons of water all in a five gallon tinted plastic carboy.. with as tight a lid as i could find.. it was 'airtight', though i doubt it was as airtight as needed, this is what i made my primary with.
Now comes the "to experiment" part; 4-5 days after i started the primary i saw that fermentation was SLOW. I tasted it.. it was yeasty but gave me a slight buzz after drinking 400ml or so.
... Anyway i decided to do a second fermentation as not to let all the trub interfere with the yeasts activity.. i had realized that the sugar i put earlier wasn't enough... SOOOOOOOO I got a cup and a 1/4 of sugar, a cup of honey, a bit of molasses, some more ginger, some cinnamon sticks and powdered cinnamon, some whole and powdered cloves and a tad bit more honey! i boiled and put it in after cooling during the pouring of the primary into the secondary carboy.. .. ... .
A week or so passes and i check up on it and it looks VERY VERY VERRRY SLOW.. barely and gas on top.. though there was some so that must have been a good sign.. the lid must have not been tight enough... ANYWAY, I decide to get some thiamine HCL and add 1 cup brown sugar and 4 cups sugar.. couldn't get the thiamine yet so I boiled the sugar up and then put it in my brew...
-THE QUESTION..s! : A) What would be a correct name for such a brew? Considering the ingredients used?
B) Please point out all the wrong things I may have done so that I'd not repeat them...
C) how much time should I wait? it's been in secondary for a week..
D) There is NO home brewing equipment around here... I need tips on making my own!!!!
E) ANY ADVICE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!!!