Friday, November 18, 2005

Foaming Head (Update)

It's been a great day in the world of home brewing.

The mixture, complete with ring of yeasty scum.

The beer mixture finished fermenting at a final gravity of 1.006. Subtract that from the original gravity of roughly 1.043 and divide by a magic number and you find this stuff has around 5% alcohol by volume.

Siphoning into the barrel

This was the fun bit - I managed to cop a mouthful of the stuff while getting the siphon going. By some miracle, it tasted a bit like stout. Flat warm stout, but stout nonetheless, not vinegar. Which is what I was expecting.

Adding the sugar solution for secondary fermentation

The remaining yeast in the beer turns this extra sugar into carbon dioxide and, as a total bonus, another 0.2% alcohol, bringing our total up to a robust 5.2% Alcohol by Volume. No messing about here.

Fucking clever stuff, yeast. Where would we be without it? Sober and eating cake, probably.

Some leftover yeast stuff, today

So, next Friday then...


At 10:45 am, Blogger hungbunny said...

A teacher discovered our fermenting homebrew at school, and instead of punishing us he put vinegar in it. He didn't tell us until the end of term though, so we just thought we'd fucked up.

At 11:11 am, Blogger 01-811-8055 said...

What a fucking bastard!

And they wonder why teachers get beaten up all the time...

At 11:13 pm, Blogger Rick said...

isnt the best bit of home brewing meant to be when it blows up and you run out of the shed with black all over your face and sticking up hair. thats what happened on neighbours anyway

At 2:59 pm, Blogger 01-811-8055 said...

No, that's home bombmaking - I hate it when that happens.


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