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Old 09-06-2012, 01:47 AM   #1
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Yah I'm finally enjoying some of the first of my homemade booch. I don't know what else to call it. It's a bit rough around the edges and tastes a bit wild, but it's only a few weeks old. It's pretty dry. I forget all that is in it, a gallon jar with water, sugar, molasses, lemon, ginger, raisins, lime, a touch of honey, champagne yeast.

I racked half of it into a 1/2 gallon jar with a little sugar to try to carbonate it a bit. The rest I racked into a solo cup (yes it's red too) and a quart jar for immediate enjoyment.

It's pretty dry, which is fine, that's how I like it. Hmmmmm it does pack a bit of a kick, so I'm counting this one a success! I'm glad I started a 6.5g carboy of it about a week ago because this will run out quickly.

Something about this 'rough around the edges' taste makes me think if I drink too much I'm going to really regret it in the morning. Hm yes nice kick though, like a strong wine. I think I used a bit over 2 lbs sweetener in the gallon so I think this should finish around 12% maybe?

 
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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So ... you just threw fermentables, citric acid, and a little spice in a gallon of water, topped it off with a yeast that leaves little or no residual sweetness, and you are drinking it straight out of the fermenter?

No offense, man, but that sounds truly awful.

If I may ask, what were you hoping to accomplish by subjecting us to ... um I mean ... sharing this with us?
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #4
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Sounds like he's posting from Ad-Seg.

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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So ... you just threw fermentables, citric acid, and a little spice in a gallon of water, topped it off with a yeast that leaves little or no residual sweetness, and you are drinking it straight out of the fermenter?

No offense, man, but that sounds truly awful:
Well when you put it that way that is pretty much what I did. Its my first brew attempt, it isn't too bad I think it will improve with age.

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Old 09-12-2012, 11:52 PM   #6
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Hm this stuff isn't bad at all. Even after aging for just a week in 1/2 gallon bottles it's smoothed out a lot. It does have a nice kick. I don't like the lemon taste in it at all though, definitely going to skip the lemons in any future batches.

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:27 PM   #7
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Maybe replace the lemons with windex. Might help clear it up a bit more.

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Old 09-14-2012, 04:49 PM   #8
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Ok great I think I can sneak some windex off the cleaning cart by the latrines. Phew tough crowd haha.

It's actually mellowing out a bit more, it is now reminiscent of a young dandelion wine.

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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Hm ... interesting ... after enjoying some of this brew each night for the last few days it's starting to grow on me and I like it ... it is actually quite energizing and it doesn't have a morning after affect which I attribute to having used quality ingredients and no sulfites, clarifiers, preservatives or anything like that ... the slight vinyl aftertaste is even starting to go away ... I can't wait for the larger carboys of the roughly 15% predicted adbv batches to be ready, they've been bubbling away for a couple weeks now.

 
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:39 AM   #10
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You're getting the 'tough crowd' treatment because this website is overwhelmingly populated by people who strive to make exceptional beer, not anything even remotely resembling 'hooch'.
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