Saturday, January 19, 2013

first post of 2013. Just a quick one

 The Chianti is bottled and has been aging for about 2 months...

It will pretty good by mid spring but it should be better during the summer or later even.

I used my new auto siphon and I am pretty happy with the results.  The only thing I dont like is that the tube is a bit small and it takes a while to transfer 5 gallons.

I followed through with my Pumpkin Ale plan, the recipe is a few posts back.

The brew is carbonating in the bottles right now and it should be good to go in about 10 more days.

I ended up adding a bit more spice though.  I tried a cup out of the bottling bucket and it lost most of its flavor but had that noticeable difference in "mouth feel" because of the pumpkin.  It is pretty creamy.

So I threw in more cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.  Im hoping it doesnt over power the brew, but I am pretty confident.
Next time I probably wont use light DME but something a bit heavier.

Oh, and the Mead is STILL fermenting.  holy crap it is taking forever but the last SG test put it a bit above 10% abv.  It looks very good, I will put a pic up once it settles from its racking.