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Bottling Day – Choconutty Stout

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Beer.IMG_20150912_153541210

I just bottled a new batch.  My kitchen smells of chocolate and peanut butter.  I got 14 bombers, and 18 regular bottles out of this batch.  So let’s take it back a bit….

A few years ago, I got the Chocolate Covered BEAVR Nuts kit.  Let me just say, I loved it.  Everybody loved the name (wasn’t mine), but enjoyed the beer even more (minus the people who had nut allergies who stayed away).  I kept saying I needed to do another batch.  So, I locally sourced some of the ingredients at a bulk spice place nearby.  Then I got a basic stout kit and did some magic.  Did I change and veer away from the BEAVR Nuts?  Yes.  I added more peanut butter powder.  I used a mass amount of Royal Dutch Chocolate powder.  I used the cacao nibs.  End result?  Super chocolaty.

Where would I go from here?  Up the abv!  Get some more stuff in there to make a Super Choconutty Stout.  Here are the stats for this one:

Choconutty Stout

Brewed 5/23/15

Bottled 9/12/15

OG 1.073

FG 1.020

ABV: 7.1%

 

Things I learned from this batch:IMG_20150912_153757362

  • I love the Big Mouth Bubbler I got for Christmas.  Cleanup was a breeze.  Adding things in was so much easier not using a funnel, or just trying to get it through the small neck.
  • Next time I would be sure there was MUCH more wort.  I lost a lot of beer due to the sediment at the bottom.  I wanted to keep it as clear as possible.IMG_20150912_153801276
  • I need more bomber bottles.  It is so nice to use those, and it makes it easier to share some beer.
  • I may need a new bottling wand.  My current one seemed to stick a bit, and made for some nasty clean-up spots.
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Just Bottled – Hopcinnacidity Hard Cider

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Well, yesterday I bottled a new batch of brew for me…only it wasn’t beer!  It was my first attempt at hard cider.  Well, with a twist.

Let me back this up a bit.  I read an article in Brew Your Own Magazine about making fruit drinks.  I got pretty intrigued by hard cider via apple juice.  IMG_20150822_142150902Only, I had to change things up a bit.  I decided to hop it up a bit.  I added some UK Pilgrim hops right from the get go, as well as 5 cinnamon sticks.  Throw in some yeast nutrient, a little yeast, and let it fly.  7 days in, the fermentation was almost complete, so I tossed in some UK Sovereign hops to add some aroma.  Let it sit for another week and bottled.  Here are the stats for this hard cider brew:

Hopcinnacidity

Brewed 8/22/15

Bottled 9/5/15

OG 1.048

FG 1.002

ABV: 6.1%

 

Some things I learned:

  • I got a great fermentation!  This may be the lowest FG I have had in any of my brews.  If I actually kept notes from the beginning, I would be able to tell.
  • Adding the hops will give the hard cider some character.  I should figure out the best ones to use in the future, not just what do I have here.
  • I decided to use carbonation drops for this batch.  I needed some more, so the trip to the local home brew shop was costly, as I came home with some extra dry malt extract for a future SMASH beer.
  • Next time I need to rack it from the carboy (primary fermenter) to another vessel BEFORE the bottling bucket.  Let’s say there was a bit of hop sediment in there with two ounces of hops in just under 3 gallons of hard cider.
  • I need to use muslin bags for my hops, it would have helped in the clarity of the brew.

I can’t wait to see what it tastes like….

 

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