On Saturday, with a little bit of a sore head from the party the night before, the Melton Sustainable Living Group hosted a home brew workshop at my house.
As my Cerveza was not quite ready, I had to dash out and buy another kit, so I have the added bonus of being able to make two batches of beer, cider or ginger beer at the same time.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, Kim filmed the workshop, and I have edited it into three parts. I hope you find the time to watch this educational documentary, courtesy of the MSLG. You will notice that the standard of cinematography is a lot higher than normal, as we lashed out and bought a $30 tripod for the video camera. It is amazing how much of a difference it makes!
Part Three with Q&A session
The next day, I checked both the Cerveza and the Cider to see their progress. The cider was not bubbling, so I took off the lid to ensure that it was indeed fermenting (which it was), so I screwed the lid back on super tight. This sealed it correctly this time, and the airlock started working ferociously.
I then took a hydrometer reading of the Cerveza, which indicated that it was finished primary brewing. I sterilized all the bottles, placed a teaspoon of sugar in the small ones, and two in the large. After I filled them all, I cleaned out the barrel ready again for another batch that I will make this weekend. I am going to brew a Coopers Dark Ale next, which I have made before, and it was very nice on a cold winters evening straight out of the shed without any prior refrigeration.
I just checked on the Cerveza, and it is clearing well, with only a very thin layer of sediment on the bottom of each bottle. I can live with that! And as for the Cider, well due to the fact that I only put in 500gm of Dextrose, it looks like it has finished fermenting as well. I will check it with the hydrometer and possibly bottle it tomorrow night! I can taste it already.
Another post for my husband to read (Daharja’s egg cost anaylsis too!)… thanks Gavin!!
Yes, show your hubby. It is so easy to make. Do you think people would watch a video on how to bottle the beer?
Thanks for watching. The cider that I make is very nice indeed, and love your two stories.
I will give Butch a pat for you!
Mickle in NZ says
Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed watching that – and I can’t drink beer these days. Now cider is another matter ….
You’ve brought back two very funny memories for me –
1987, the barman in a Madrid Hotel who wouldn’t serve me a beer until I’d learnt to pronounce Cerveza correctly (Cervetha in Spain).
And the early 1990s when newly retired Dad had a glorious time home brewing ( he too has to be carefull with beer these days – not alcohol, just beer).
Love your beer labels. Super thanks to you and Kim, and hope you are close to having a functioning kitchen again. Give Butch a pat from me.
Darren (Green Change) says
Great post and videos, Gav. You put Paul Mercurio to shame :-).
(For those not familiar with Coopers kits, actor/dancer Paul Mercurio (from Strictly Ballroom, and the less well-known but my favourite, Welcome To Woop Woop) does the demo on the instructional DVD that comes with them.)
I’ve got two kits as well. I use one for ginger beer only, and the other for beer. The ginger beer fermenter retains the flavour a bit, and taints any beer you make in it.
By coincidence, I bottled up my latest batch last night too! I think I’ll take your suggestion and brew a dark ale next.