View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:11 am




Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
First brew in the fermenter! 
Author Message
Site Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 13, 2010 3:44 pm
Posts: 3803
Location: Gundaroo NSW/ACT
Post First brew in the fermenter!
I've just made up my first ever batch of beer, its an ESB American Pale Ale with a lager yeast which is apparently more active at lower temperatures.
I'll keep an eye on it and bottle in in 7 or so days, any other hints?

_________________
Shire Horses, Dexter Cattle,Dorper Sheep, Large Black Pigs & Barnevelder Chickens
Darkmoor Shire Horse Stud http://www.darkmoor.com.au


Mon May 02, 2011 8:41 pm
Profile WWW
Enthusiastic Gardner
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:17 pm
Posts: 124
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
With a lager yeast, keep it down around 12 degrees, and dont get your head too set on 7 days. Measure the final SG when you think it has stopped bubbling, then wait a day or so and measure again. If it's the same, bottle away but if it's still going down, let it brew out.

If it doesnt appear to be bubbling, make sure the lid in on tight.

The ESB pale ale is an excellent one to start with. You can fiddle with the recipe later (see my pale ale recipe in this section) I tend to drop in a bit of additional hops to give it some more bite

Have fun!


Mon May 02, 2011 8:56 pm
Profile
Site Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 13, 2010 3:44 pm
Posts: 3803
Location: Gundaroo NSW/ACT
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
Thanks for the heads up I might well relocate it to keep it a little cooler, I hope it does take a little more than 7 days as it would line up better with work so I don't have to bottle it at midnight :lol:
Good to know i'm onto a good brew :)

_________________
Shire Horses, Dexter Cattle,Dorper Sheep, Large Black Pigs & Barnevelder Chickens
Darkmoor Shire Horse Stud http://www.darkmoor.com.au


Mon May 02, 2011 9:02 pm
Profile WWW
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sat May 15, 2010 1:37 pm
Posts: 2570
Location: Goulburn
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
About time you gotthat on ;)

You dont need to bottle straight away - I often forget about mine or am busy have othe things to do pr just cant be bothered and it can sit in the fermenter for weeks :oops:

Im yet to have a bad brew. :shock:

If it sist in the fermenter longer more sediment settles out and you end up with less sediment in your bottles.

_________________
Bernie
http://www.kombiclub.com


Mon May 02, 2011 10:19 pm
Profile
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 14, 2010 12:40 am
Posts: 850
Location: Canberra
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
Nicely done, Cai!

I think lager yeasts leave a little residual sugar, so it should stop at a slightly higher SG than an ale or champagne yeast. I'm keen to see how it turns out!


Sat May 07, 2011 6:02 pm
Profile
Site Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 13, 2010 3:44 pm
Posts: 3803
Location: Gundaroo NSW/ACT
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
Well first batch bottled, i think the alcohol content is around 5%
Image
Second batch is now on the way, a Morgans Amber Ale :)
Image

_________________
Shire Horses, Dexter Cattle,Dorper Sheep, Large Black Pigs & Barnevelder Chickens
Darkmoor Shire Horse Stud http://www.darkmoor.com.au


Sun May 22, 2011 8:25 pm
Profile WWW
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 14, 2010 12:40 am
Posts: 850
Location: Canberra
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
Did you record the OG, FG, and how much sugar you primed with? I could figure out the %ABV if you'd like.


Sun May 22, 2011 8:29 pm
Profile
Site Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 13, 2010 3:44 pm
Posts: 3803
Location: Gundaroo NSW/ACT
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
:lol: i went with the stick in the beer that said the beer was finished, then followed the instructions of one level teaspoon of sugar / 750ml bottle & one priming sugar drop / 330ml bottle.
Sorry to not be so technical, i'll be keeping a closer eye on the second batch but was kinda in a hurry for this one...

_________________
Shire Horses, Dexter Cattle,Dorper Sheep, Large Black Pigs & Barnevelder Chickens
Darkmoor Shire Horse Stud http://www.darkmoor.com.au


Sun May 22, 2011 8:33 pm
Profile WWW
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 14, 2010 12:40 am
Posts: 850
Location: Canberra
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
Ah, well, the 'stick' is a hydrometer, it measures specific gravity, it has numbers on the side that are a basic estimate of the amount of sugar in the brew. If you record the number at the start and the end of a brew, there's a little formula you can use to estimate out the alcohol content, adding approx. 0.5% (variable) for the extra alcohol priming adds.


Sun May 22, 2011 8:40 pm
Profile
Site Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 13, 2010 3:44 pm
Posts: 3803
Location: Gundaroo NSW/ACT
Post Re: First brew in the fermenter!
Cool i'll keep a closer eye on this batch, you should nip out when i'm popping the top of the pale ale in 4 weeks time.

_________________
Shire Horses, Dexter Cattle,Dorper Sheep, Large Black Pigs & Barnevelder Chickens
Darkmoor Shire Horse Stud http://www.darkmoor.com.au


Sun May 22, 2011 8:44 pm
Profile WWW
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by STSoftware.