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Ceg
02-24-2010, 02:41 PM
Brewing: Cowboy Golden Lager & West Coast Pale Ale (Feb 2010)

We started both these batches on Sunday February 7th, 2010.
Due to the temperature where they were fermenting, the yeast took longer than normal to do it's thing.
We bottled both batches last night (Tuesday February 23rd, 2010).

After adding sugar to each bottle, 99 fill them up and I capped them.
http://cegranch.com/Bier-Garten/Home-Brew/2010/02/23-01.jpg

We enjoyed refreshments as we worked. 99 had some Moscato wine and I had a few Jubelales.
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Cowboy Golden Lager all bottled.
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Sanitizing more caps.
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I added the batch number to the lids to know what they are later in the fridge.
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Ready to be put away for the second fermentation and carbonation.
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TJ40
02-24-2010, 09:17 PM
Very cool! On 99's new stove, too! When I brewed beer, it never turned out that well. Too sweet. But I still have the stuff to do it. In fact, I have a capper identicle to yours. It use to belonged to my grandfather. So, it's definitely old!

Where did you get the extract? Maybe I'll take another shot at it.

Ceg
02-24-2010, 10:00 PM
Very cool! On 99's new stove, too! When I brewed beer, it never turned out that well. Too sweet. But I still have the stuff to do it. In fact, I have a capper identicle to yours. It use to belonged to my grandfather. So, it's definitely old!

Where did you get the extract? Maybe I'll take another shot at it.Hometown Ace Hardware and Stein's Ace Hardware both have a lot of home brew stuff. This weekend I will be making some Munich Lager in the old 6 gallon bucket. I have not made home brew that way since the early 90s. This could be bad but I have to try.

That capper was my Grandfather's. I remember him making beer in Sunnyside when I was real little. I am not sure if it is the same capper from then but it is real old. Grandpa past away in the 1987. My Grandmother gave the capper to me when I started making beer. She was excited we were making home brew. Grandma past away a few years back but I always think of her and Grandpa when I cap the beer.

I also have another capper that is older. It was my step dads he use to use. I am not sure where he got it from and he too has past away.

I hope you give it another try TJ40. We need some good beer for the BBQs and the Oktoberfest party. :)

TJ40
02-25-2010, 09:26 PM
Thanks for the info, Ceg. I'll see what I can find in the tri-cities tomorrow.

Don't know what my grandpa bottled, but it wasn't beer. No alcohol alowed at our house. He passed away when I was 8. So never saw him use it. Probably grandma used it for grape juice. We lived in S'side back then. Probably got the capper at the same store, too!

Ceg
02-26-2010, 08:26 AM
Probably got the capper at the same store, too!Maybe. :)

Ceg
03-11-2010, 03:42 PM
Most of the West Coast Pale Ale look like this after 15 days in the bottle and I am not sure why.
There is stuff stuck to the inside of the bottle just in the middle section and a few weird floaties.
http://cegranch.com/Bier-Garten/Home-Brew/2010/03/10-01.jpg

On bottled day 16 I opened one of the West Coast Pale Ale without the stuff stuck on the side of the bottle.
http://cegranch.com/Bier-Garten/Home-Brew/2010/03/11-01.jpg
It does not have much of a smell and taste pretty bad.

TJ40
03-11-2010, 06:25 PM
I went to homebrewtalk.com and this is what it said on the "Never dump your beer" thread:

"1)Never give up on a beer.

2)Never dump a batch unless it has mold or other noticeable signs of infection confirmed by a brewer with more experience than you. Or if it tastes, as Evan says, "like Satan's anus."

3)Always see your bottled beer through the complete conditioning/carb process....And if it still taste "funny" give it a couple more months.

4)Never ever panic about making mistakes and ruining your beer.

5)Never ever believe that you beer is frail, weak or easily "damaged." It really is hard to ruin your beer, no matter what bonehead n00b mistake you may think you made...

6)Have patience....have Patience...have Patience....

7)Give the yeasties the props they deserve, never doubt them, and Never Ever Rush Them!!! Let them do the job they are made to do...and let them see that job through til the end...(That means leave them at least a week beyond fermentation to clean up...or like me, leave it for 3-4 weeks.)"

There was an encouraging story that went with the list. Said that after some time, the yeast and CO2 will clean up the beer. So, stick it back in the closet for 4 - 6 months and see what happens!

Ceg
03-11-2010, 06:52 PM
I went to homebrewtalk.com and this is what it said on the "Never dump your beer" thread:

"1)Never give up on a beer.

2)Never dump a batch unless it has mold or other noticeable signs of infection confirmed by a brewer with more experience than you. Or if it tastes, as Evan says, "like Satan's anus."

3)Always see your bottled beer through the complete conditioning/carb process....And if it still taste "funny" give it a couple more months.

4)Never ever panic about making mistakes and ruining your beer.

5)Never ever believe that you beer is frail, weak or easily "damaged." It really is hard to ruin your beer, no matter what bonehead n00b mistake you may think you made...

6)Have patience....have Patience...have Patience....

7)Give the yeasties the props they deserve, never doubt them, and Never Ever Rush Them!!! Let them do the job they are made to do...and let them see that job through til the end...(That means leave them at least a week beyond fermentation to clean up...or like me, leave it for 3-4 weeks.)"

There was an encouraging story that went with the list. Said that after some time, the yeast and CO2 will clean up the beer. So, stick it back in the closet for 4 - 6 months and see what happens!Thanks for the info.

I have booth the West Coast Pale Ale & Cowboy Golden Lager put in a cooler area now hoping that will help. I have to get my temperatures under control. Not good to run out of heating oil during the fermenting process. Had to put all the brew fermenting in the water heater closet to keep them from getting too cold.

Ceg
03-11-2010, 07:08 PM
On bottled day 16 I opened one of the Cowboy Golden Lagers.
http://cegranch.com/Bier-Garten/Home-Brew/2010/03/11-02.jpg
It has a little bitter flavor. This maybe a good beer with a little more time.