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Old 03-24-2013, 09:32 PM   #1
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So my Dad and I have started home brewing. He started a Munton's Canadian last Sunday, and I started a Brewer's Best American Light today. Wish us luck!! :-)



 
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:24 AM   #2
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Good luck and have fun. I wish my dad would have got me into the hobby early on.


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Old 03-25-2013, 02:17 AM   #3
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He's just turned 69, and I've just turned 47. Spending time with him is becoming more of a priority. Home brewing is something we have both been curious about for years. My grandparents were experienced home brewers, but their equipment has been sitting idle in the basement of my brother's house since they passed (over 20 years ago).
Dad is using the old equipment (nothing wrong with that) and trying to replicate the old recipes (hmmm). On his first batch, he started improvising. Convinced Munton's did not include enough yeast to do the job, he substituted a full packet of Red Star (bread yeast). Also, he's using a 5 gallon carboy (see pic) for a primary fermenter on a five gallon batch. I'm told at about 10m of the first night he was swapping out an overflowing airlock for a blowoff line.
After his experience, I decided to pick up one of BB's equipment kits, followed the recipe/brew schedule, and my primary is the 6.5 gal bucket included in the kit. OG was 1.045 and we pitched yeast at 82 degrees. I let Dad hookup a blowoff line (just in case), but after six hours at 70 degrees I'm starting to think the airlock would have been fine.
I think this is going to be a fun way to spend time with my dad. Cheers!
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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Nice krausen! Good luck with the old recipes- if they work out you can post them. Welcome to the obsession!
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:22 AM   #5
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My first experience with homebrewing was in the mid 1950's when my dad made "home brew" in a crock behind the wood stove. Someone told him to put a couple raisins in each bottle at bottling time (for some reason). I do recall a bunch of bottles exploding in basement during the following weeks! His beer didn't taste too bad although it was pretty cloudy. It tasted something like Henry Weinard's.

I support your decision to stick to the new products and procedures. They work better and turn out a much better batch of beer.

Oh, and btw, when I told my brother I'd taken up home brewing he sent me Dad's old bottle capper. It works like a charm. Used it today putting up a batch of Amber Light Ale.

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Old 03-31-2013, 08:18 PM   #6
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We bottled Dad's Multon Canadian today. Used Granddad's old table top capper. It was difficult. It wouldn't stay adjusted. Finally switched to the two-handled capper that came with the kit. Much easier. My BB American Light was racked into the secondary yesterday. Took a hydrometer reading of 1.010, already within the projected range for FG. We'll check it again this Saturday. If we get another 10, we'll bottle on Sunday. :-)

 
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Dad's Multon Canadian on the left. My BB American Light on the right.

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:55 AM   #8
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Look good, welcome!
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We bottled Dad's Multon Canadian today. Used Granddad's old table top capper. It was difficult. It wouldn't stay adjusted. Finally switched to the two-handled capper that came with the kit. Much easier.
I hope you have a great brew. I'm sure it will be a lot better than anything you can buy at the local bottle shop. Next time you might want to consider allowing at least 3 weeks between brewing and bottling. It gives the beer a little more time to let the flavor develop and for the yeast to clean up after itself.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:08 AM   #10
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I'm fairly new at this too, but is it not the case that you're best to shield it from the light coming in the window?

And glad you're having fun. I bottled my first two batches this weekend and brewed a 3rd which has started fermenting nicely. In fact I think I'll go take a peek at it right now.



 
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