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Santa Rosa Plum Wine

October 23rd, 2010 by Nate


Another plum wine, this time with Santa Rosa plums from the store instead of the home -grown Italian plums I used in my previous batches. These plums are very ripe, getting a bit soft, and have a nice dark red color to them. I am going to make this wine without an initial recipe; I will juice the fruit, measure the SG and adjust to around 1.090, and try to add as little water as possible. This is in the hopes of getting more fruit flavor from the wine by adding less water, and also to try a slightly different method. I’m also making this wine a little weaker, so that I have some more variety in the strengths of the wines I am making this year.

Santa Rosa Plum Wine

2 Gallons
OG: 1.072 FG: 1.000 %ABV: 9.50 TA: 0.55%
Sugars
16.00 lb Fresh Santa Rosa Plums, pitted and halved
2 lb Sugar
Additives
1.00 tsp Yeast nutrient
0.50 tsp Pectic enzyme
0.25 tsp Grape Tannin
1 tsp Acid Blend
Yeast
1.00 Packet Cote des Blancs

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White Grape Wine

October 9th, 2010 by Nate


My grandma gave me 4 pounds of her homegrown green grapes so that I could make some wine. I had been waiting for them to ripen and these are some of the first ripe ones she was able to pick. They sat in the fridge for about a week before I was able to brew with them; a simple one-gallon batch of white wine.

White Grape Wine

1 Gallon
OG: 1.094 FG: 1.000 %ABV: 12.4 TA: 0.75%
Sugars
4.00 lb Fresh green grapes, washed and stemmed
2 lb Sugar
Additives
0.50 tsp Yeast nutrient
0.50 tsp Pectic enzyme
0.25 tsp Grape Tannin
1.00 Tbsp Acid Blend
Yeast
1.00 Packet Lalvin K1-V1116

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Plum Wine II

September 21st, 2010 by Nate


It’s time to use the plums before they all fall from the tree and spoil.  A lot of our plums are already splitting open on the tree from being ripe and having all the moisture we’ve been getting the past couple weeks. I am making the same recipe I made last year for plum wine because it turned out really well. The only differences this time is that I am going to use my steam juicer to get the juice from all the plums instead of mashing them in the primary, and I am using a different kind of yeast.

Plum Wine II

4 Gallons
OG: 1.124 FG: 1.000 %ABV: 16.3 TA: 0.57%
Sugars
20.00 lb Fresh Plums
10 lb Sugar
Additives
1.50 tsp Yeast nutrient
0.75 tsp Pectic enzyme
0.50 tsp Grape Tannin
2.00 Tbsp Acid Blend
Yeast
1.00 Packet Lalvin 71B-1122

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Blueberry Wine

September 8th, 2010 by Nate


Blueberries this time around. These were not fresh picked, they have been in my mom’s freezer for a little about a year, but I still wanted to try this flavor of wine. I’m also making this a stronger wine, with a potential ABV of almost 20%. Here’s the recipe:

Blueberry Wine

1 Gallon
OG: 1.141 FG: 1.000 %ABV: 18.7 TA: 0.55%
Sugars
3.00 lb Frozen blueberries
3.50 lb Sugar
Additives
1.00 tsp Yeast nutrient
0.50 tsp Pectic enzyme
0.50 tsp Grape Tannin
1.00 Tbsp Acid Blend
Yeast
1.00 Packet Lalvin Bourgovin RC 212 Wine Yeast

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Blackberry Wine

August 30th, 2010 by Nate


Blackberries are in season now so I am making use of them. I have wanted to try this for a few months and now I finally get to, some nice blackberry wine. Two and a half hours of picking gave me twelve and a half pounds of berries. Here is the recipe I came up with, simple but should be tasty.

Blackberry Wine

2.5 Gallons
OG: 1.091 FG: 0.994 %ABV: 12.7 TA: 0.8%
Sugars
12.50 lb Fresh blackberries, frozen
4.50 lb Sugar
Additives
2.00 tsp Yeast nutrient
1.00 tsp Pectic enzyme
1.00 tsp Acid Blend
3.00 Tablets Campden tablet
Yeast
1.00 Packet Cote des Blancs Wine Yeast

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Makeshift Blow-off Tube

August 28th, 2010 by Nate


My very first foam over occurred tonight, one day into primary for my Blackberry Wheat Ale. That meant I needed to get a blow-off tube made, and quickly. As it was 2 a.m. in the morning, I had to work with the supplied I had on hand.

The foam actually clogged the airlock and I had a bit of foam and beer come out around the edges of the lid, a first for me. I could see the lid bubbling around the edges, meaning that the lid really doesn’t have a good seal. I swapped the entire bucket/lid set for one I think will seal better (from #2 to #1). I poured the beer from one bucket to the other, so it was aerated nicely in the process.

I made a makeshift blow-off tube by attaching the drain-tube from my steam juicer to the airlock stem, and running that into a jar of water. It looked like it might work initially, video below:


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Blackberry Wheat Ale

August 26th, 2010 by Nate


Blackberry Wheat Ale

5.5 Gallons, Extract
OG: 1.063 FG: 1.018 %ABV: 6.2 IBU: 23.0 SRM: 13.1
Grains Steep at 155° F
0.50 lb Cara-Pils 45 minutes
0.50 lb Crystal 20L 45 minutes
Extract Total Boil Time
6.50 Lb Wheat LME 60 minutes
2.00 Lb Amber LME 60 minutes
Hops Add
2.00 oz Hallertau (4.6% AA), pellet 60 minutes
0.50 oz Saaz (5.2% AA), pellet 5 minutes
Yeast Cool wort to 75° F
1 package Wyeast 3056 Bavarian Wheat Ale Pitched from packet
Additives Time
6.50 lb Fresh blackberries, frozen 0 minutes
1.00 Whirlfloc Tablet 30 minutes
6.00 oz Priming Sugar Bottling

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Black Beaut Porter Review

August 25th, 2010 by Nate


The Black Beaut Porter has turned out to be a solid dark beer. It has now been about six weeks and I am down to the last six-pack of this brew. Very tasty, warm or cold, with nice malty character and subtle hops.

Black Beaut Porter in Window 2

Black Beaut Porter in Window 2

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Mac & Jack’s African Amber Clone

August 6th, 2010 by Nate


Mac & Jack’s African Amber Clone

5.5 Gallons, Extract
OG: 1.063 FG: 1.020 %ABV: 5.9 IBU: 30.7 SRM: 13.1
Grains Steep at 155° F
1.00 lb Munich 10L 60 minutes
0.50 lb Cara-Pils 60 minutes
0.50 lb Crystal 80L 60 minutes
Extract Total Boil Time
8.50 Lb Pale Malt Extract 60 minutes
Hops Add
1.00 oz Centennial (10.5% AA) 60 minutes
1.00 oz Cascade (6.3% AA) 5 minutes
1.00 oz Cascade (6.3% AA) Dry hop in secondary
Yeast Cool wort to 75° F
1 package Wyeast 1098 British Ale Pitched from packet
Additives Time
1.00 oz Dried Orange Peel (sweet) 20 minutes
4.00 oz Priming Sugar Bottling

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Sierra Cascade II Review

July 13th, 2010 by Nate


The Sierra Cascade II was our second recipe based off of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This one was a bit more complex than our last with some added grains and a different selection of hops.

These have been in the bottle for six weeks now and many of the beers are already gone. I decided I should do a review of one before they all disappear.

The beer pours a rich amber color with a nice head. The foam of the head is made of very fine bubbles, and the head stays throughout the beer. There is a small bit of lacing on the sides of the glass as you drink the beer.

Sierra Cascade II

Sierra Cascade II

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