Author Archives: Don Meltz

Batch #1 – Drinking Day

This is the day I’ve been waiting for for five weeks now. Actually, I cracked the first bottle four days ago, so the title of this post should be Drinking Week. I’ve had about six bottles so far, and I’ve … Continue reading

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Batch #1 – Bottling Day

Fermentation is Done I took a hydrometer reading on Monday, and found it hadn’t changed in the last three days. That means two things. Fermentation is DONE! Bottling day is HERE! The Final Gravity is 1.016 making ABV 6.53%. As … Continue reading

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Thinking about the Next Batch

As I’m waiting for batch #1 to finish fermenting in the secondary, I’m already planning batch #2. I wanted my first batch to be a full-bodied, dark amber colored beer. That’s why I went with the Malty Mississippi Red Ale. … Continue reading

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Batch #1 – Racked to Secondary

Just a short update on batch #1. After two weeks in the primary, I racked to the secondary fermenter today. SG is now down to 1.016, which means it is still slowly fermenting. It also means it’s up to 6.53% … Continue reading

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Batch # 1 Update – Malty Mississippi Red Ale

Since Brew Day My first batch of home brew has been fermenting away in the cellar for a full 7 days now. It started bubbling almost as soon as I set it down there. The air lock was clattering away … Continue reading

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Malty Mississippi Red Ale – AKA, Brew Day #1

It’s finally here. My first day as a true home brewer. I’ve gathered my equipment. The ingredients have arrived. My assistant is ready to help. Let’s cook! For my first batch of home brew, I decided on a kit put … Continue reading

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Preparing for my First Batch

Researching the Process Being a municipal planner in my professional life, I am compelled to plan out in some detail everything I do. The first part of that process is, of course, to do some research about the project I … Continue reading

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