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3 Kegs
October 3, 2009
8:13 pm
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Got off my rear end and decided to get my beer brewing kegs all going the other day. I'm about to share the last of my prior batch with John Jr. having a BBQ this sunday. I have made up 3 kegs of 3 different Lager beers called, High Canadian, Grand Bohemien, and Piolethouse. The recipes call for half mixture of Malted Extract with HOPS, and half a malted extract without hops, plus I added a special booster to all 3. The mixture is boiled and is called Wort. They are blended and go into a fermenting Keg and than yeast is added just before you place the lid on the keg. Right now when you look into the Keg, the action is actually visibly churning as the action of the yeast interacts with the fermentable sugars. This process take about 2 weeks, until all the wort settles to the bottom, and is clear. At that point the bottling and carbonating is done. Each Keg makes about 2 gallons of beer. These should be bottled in 2 weeks, and ready to drink about the end of the Month. Right now I'm brewing using the Mr. Beer kits and recipies, which lets you add certain things and ingrediants. The booster will make these all 6% beer, where any store bought is limited to 3.7%. Time for John Jr. to get his kegs brewing too, and also my daughter and son in law have 3 kegs too. I also have a system I havn't used yet that make 5 gallon batches, and in that system you actually cook the Wort yourself, when in Mr. Beer they are all precooked and canned, so the cooking part is much simpler. The 2 systems use diffenet methods of adding the sugar for carbonating.

All I can say if if you enjoy a beer, when you make your own, its like store bought produce over growing you own in the garden. Its such a dramatic difference, when you have home made beer, and than taste something storebought, your first impression is whats wrong with it. Its a fun hobby.

October 4, 2009
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Microbrew/Pub/Restaurants are fun also

http://www.trailheadbrewing.com/

Sure beats Buffaloe

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October 4, 2009
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Looks like a very cool place. Would you believe we live only 2 miles from the Budweiser plant where years ago use to have Busch Gardens, which they took out. It was a beautiful botanical park with all kinds of exotic birds in those days, and you could walk all around and sample beers from Budweiser, Busch, and Micolob. The also had a tram that toured all through the brewery. It evolved into a theme park that didn;t work out, so it was all completely taken out. Back than I had no intererest in the actual beer making process, and I do it on a small kit making process, but the results and fun are what its all about. Living only 2 miles from Budweiser, you would think you would go all the time, but I hardly ever went, and never took the brewery tour, which I;m sorry for now.

October 4, 2009
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No kidding Laugh
I must have missed it.
I do remember inside of that brewery.
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http://www.grantsfarm.com/

October 4, 2009
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The Budweiser brewery is still at the same location in the San Fernando valley, but what used to be the gardens is now all converted into the expanded brewery. Its the center for the entire west coast, so they move a lot of beer everyday, truck after truck, always leaving that place. If you have been there before its at Roscoe and the 405 Fryway. Galpin Ford is on the opposite side of the Fryway, and is the biggest Ford Dealer in the country. Might be the biggest car dealer too. The frontage on Roscoe was the theme park down to Hayvenhurst Ave. Now that stretch is the truck loading docks. Busch gardens was in its heyday in the 60's, and the theme park they added lasted until around 1980, when it was all taken out. You can still see remnants of the origional tram that they may use for VIP's, but not sure. You can still see where the track went into the main brewing building, the ride car was suspended from.

Many years ago, the Cydesdales were at the plant for showing during the New Years week, while they were here for the Rose parade. The railroad tracks that run through the valley adjoin the Budweiser plant, and go westward whre they pass our culdesac which is next to those tracks. About 5 miles further west is the site of the Chatsworth train wreck right next the the tunnel that connects to Simi Valley. One of the Clyesdsales got loose one night, and just followed the RR tracks all the way to Chatsworth. That part of the San Fernando valley is all horse property and rural living. Somebody into horses on a Sunday morning spotted the cydesdale, just calmly put a rope around his neck and led him into a corral. Can you imagine the heart attacks they were having at Budweiser when he was missing, and wondering around the train tracks. If each one of them is valued under 1 million by the time they are trained and fully ready to pull the beer wagon, I'd be very suprised. I think just the harnesses and bridles, all their tack, is probably so custom made for each one, thats worth a fortune. Anyway, the homeowner just treated him like any other horse, and he just followed where they led him, she call Budweiser and they came and picked him up. I think I would have given those people a lifetime pass to any Budweiser gardens, and lifetime free beer.

October 4, 2009
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You got a dog?
Take this tour......
http://www.answers.com/topic/k.....-foods-inc

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October 5, 2009
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i LOVE homebrew! got smashed on only three pints the last time..

i mean sick smashed..
i'm such a wuss..

i would love to brew some root beer someday.

BUT, meanwhile it's autumn..
and i'll be getting some cider to add some raw honey and yeast to..
i like hard cider even more than homebrew beer.

BUT, then there's always that pumpkin ale..

damn..
NOW i'm REALLY thirsty.

October 5, 2009
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Evutch, goto http://www.mrbeer.com they have kits for cider making as well as the beers.

October 24, 2009
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Been a few weeks in the fermenter kegs, and was ready to be bottled a few days ago. I spent a few hours doing the that today. I bottled 24-1 liter bottles this afternoon, 8 each of 3 different brew mixes. Should take about 2 weeks to carbonate, and than it goes into the refigerator where it cold lagers. Longer is usually better, but it probably could be ready to drink in a week. since these 3 all had extra things in it, it took longer in the fermenter, so will probably take a little longer doing this stage. Well worth the wait to take the extra time. I may reload one of the fermenters with a 4th beer, since I have one more set of bottles.

Having fun doing it. I think I;ll plan a little Octorberfest BBQ for the first weekend I can open up the new beers. I did one little experiment today. I ran out of sugar on the last bottle, so I used Mrs G2's cinamon/sugar she mixes herself. The sugar will carbonate and ferment, and the cinamon may give it a interresting flavor. Only made one bottle that way.

October 24, 2009
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I won't lie, I'm seeing triple right now, but that seems pretty damn cool. Do they have any high percentage beer?

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