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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Beer Brew Continental Pilsner Phase 1!!

Beer Brew!!! (Phase 1 of Continental Pilsner!!)

We have loved making wine here at home and are about to take on our first attempt at beer brewing...
Yes, we got a kit for this first try, but we are looking forward to making another round of beer from scratch....just not this time. Some of our friends in California even grow their own hops in the back yard and make the most amazing beer!! But for now we are starting with this kit :)
It is a Continental Pilsner and the brewing instructions are:
Thoroughly clean ALL equipment with "One Step Cleanser"(or similar product, follow instructions on package). Dissolve 1 TBSP of One Step in 1 gallon of warm water, Wash bottles and equipment with the solution. Rinsing in not necessary with One Step. Seriously this is probably the MOST important step in home brewing. If you don't sanitize your equipment...ALL your equipment... then bacteria will grow and it will destroy your work. What a bummer to wait several months and then have nasty tasting wine...so CLEAN ALL YOUR STUFF!!
STEP 1: Place the two cans in hot water for 5 minutes to soften contents.
STEP 2: Open the two cans and poor the contents into a clean and sterilized fermenter (Use a sterile spatula to Get it ALL!)
STEP 3: Boil 6 pints of water and add to the fermenter
STEP 4: Mix thoroughly to ensure that the malt extract is completely dissolved.
STEP 5: Add 29 pints of cold water to bring the volume up to 5 UK Gallons. Stir and let stand until the temp reaches 65-70 degrees F
STEP 6: Sprinkle in the yeast supplied and stir
STEP 7: Cover the fermenter, put your airlock in place and place in a warm area (65-70 degrees F) and leave to ferment (NOTE: Beer ferments much more aggressively than wine so make sure you put a towel around the base of your fermentor ...or put it somewhere that won't matter too much if it overflows)
STEP 8: Fermentation will be complete when bubbles cease to rise (7-8 days) or if you use a hydrometer, when the gravity remains constant at a figure below 1014.

CONTINUED WITH STEPS 9-12 in about a week!
STEP 9: Siphon the beer (avoid disturbing the yeast sediment) into the strong bottles or a pressure barrel. CAUTION: use only returnable beer bottles. One trip/non-returnable bottles are not adequate to withstand conditioning pressure.
STEP 10: Add 1/2 teaspoonful of light spraymalt per pint to each bottle or a max of 3 oz per 5 gallon pressure barrel. Sugar may be used instead.
STEP 11: Cap and seal the bottles securely and stand them in a warm place 65-70 degrees F for 2 days.
STEP 12: Finally, move the bottles to a cool place for at least 21 days or until the beer is clear, before drinking.

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