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Christmas Beer Panic
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:07:57 PM »
Does everybody go through this crap or what?

You start thinking months out about beer for Christmas but somehow, you always leave it too late, just sneaking in some of your worst brews because you're rushing and pushing things through too quickly and the beer doesn't have time to clear or mature properly and you're trying to impress family and friends and it becomes an embarrasment and you try explain that you can actually do better but only some will believe you - maybe.

Then you have a well deserved break after Christmas and think, what the fuck was all that about.


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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 09:31:55 PM »
I like to spoil myself by spending a hungie plus on a craft beer selection of goodies

But yes. Fuck Xmas. It's holidays but everyone's too busy to relax.

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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2017, 05:58:34 AM »
My family and friends are usually over complimentary when it comes to my beer.

But then again, what's not to love about an almost endless supply of free beer flowing from a tap?

It's not just Christmas though, I always feel like I'm rushing brewing around other things. And it definitely affects results.
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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2017, 11:10:59 AM »
I'm fresh back in the game, but well stocked for christmas -
the double batch pilsener i did a whiles ago still has a keg left of the w34 version,
which is now drinking very nice.  that's relo swill.

For myself tho,  I think I understimated the summer ale requirements,
because the last batch was too delicious I don't think it will last.  Unless I just save it.

I`ve got a fermenter of Rasberry Wheat Saison,  and a Fermenter of a NEIPA on the bubble,
hers and his festive brews if you like.

Ahhh but still you've got me worried now Steve. 
This weekend is the last chance to brew to have something semi decent for christmas - good reminder.


« Last Edit: December 08, 2017, 11:14:34 AM by Chillbilly »

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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2017, 12:53:10 PM »
Currently 4 taps running and a golden ale and a Coopers pale clone in a cube and mashing my raspberry berliner this afternoon to sour overnight .
Dare say most of my kegs will be empty before long though , German housemate has a very soft spot for the Dunkel then Ben brewed up on case swap day , coming up to 2 months since brewday .

I meant to plan ahead a little better and had the time while on holidays but starting back to 6 days weeks as of monday ..i should know better by now
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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2017, 08:46:22 PM »
I get this, brewed 3 batches in where i normally do one. Wheat (which i an not that happy with), a pale( which i am) and a golden (still fermenting) all will age for a bit and with a baptisim and christmas all will ben gone in a few weeks.

I am the same though...i get complements on the beer, but who complains about free beer?

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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2017, 09:43:48 PM »
Unfortunately I never have this problem. December is the busiest month of the year for me, not much time to brew or drink. FML

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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2017, 10:14:08 PM »
It's a tad quiet at work atm. Seasonal thing, every year. Time to get brewing.



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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2017, 10:19:19 PM »


mashing my raspberry berliner this afternoon to sour overnight .


Tell me more about your souring method...

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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2017, 07:57:17 AM »


mashing my raspberry berliner this afternoon to sour overnight .


Tell me more about your souring method...
First attempt at it so I don't have a method nailed yet , had made a lacto starter from grain but almost gagged when I opened it for a smell .
Brewday postponed while I make another starter this time from inner health plus probiotics .
Acid treated 1.5 L starter wort to ph of 4.5 and purged flask with CO2  and left at 42 degrees overnight .
Also have a floating alfoil raft for kettle so will purge with CO2 before pitching lacto starter .
Mash itself is straight forward biab 48/48/4 pils /wheat /acid malt
5 minute boil before chilling to 45 and pitching lacto starter for as long as it takes for ph to hit 3.8 then a normal boil , no chilled and using a large starter of Coopers yeast to ferment and rack onto raspberries .

It may well be a clusterfuck and willing to take advice but worst case I tip it and learn a lesson
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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2017, 08:44:59 AM »
There's a good method and description for a cracked corn lacto starter with feed grade corn here;

http://www.artisan-distiller.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1044

It goes into the different stages of the lacto ferment and tells of how the smells progress. I have done it a few times and the descriptions and time frames are pretty accurate. The vomit smell of the butryic acid is something you won't forget if you splash it on yourself.

Worth a read in any case.
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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2017, 10:49:13 AM »
There's a good method and description for a cracked corn lacto starter with feed grade corn here;

http://www.artisan-distiller.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1044

It goes into the different stages of the lacto ferment and tells of how the smells progress. I have done it a few times and the descriptions and time frames are pretty accurate. The vomit smell of the butryic acid is something you won't forget if you splash it on yourself.

Worth a read in any case.
Thanks I'll have a red through that , first starter was a shit smell with a little vomit mixed in .
Used bleach on that flask just to make sure it was all dead
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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2017, 11:40:16 AM »
Yes, to my experience and pint's article that smell may well have faded over the next day or two.
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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2017, 08:06:46 PM »
Much like starting a sourdough mother. The butyric acid smell almost caused me to tip it but it moved on to the typical yeasty/lacto smell a few days after.

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Re: Christmas Beer Panic
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2017, 09:59:51 PM »
Much like starting a sourdough mother. The butyric acid smell almost caused me to tip it but it moved on to the typical yeasty/lacto smell a few days after.

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