Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blogger to Instagrammer

Dear Friends,
I have run low on energy here on the blog. My phone died in the ocean and the borrowed phone is too small for me to blog from. Please follow my escapades on Instragram (which I am infatuated with). I've got a fun widget that updates with all my new instagrams (see above). I look forward to seeing you over there.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Making wine

About 10 of us Oakie Wine Club members pooled our resources and bought two wine kits to make as a group. It's been fun getting together at The Brew Shop to go through the entire process together. And instead of 30 bottles of wine, we each should get at least 2.5 bottles. That's easier to store. 
This is a bucket of easy clean. It helps to make sure there is no contamination on anything used. 
We pitched the yeast on our second kit here.
It's a Sangiovese red wine and the grapes were grown in Italy. 
There's yeast, clay and wood chips.
That's a hydrometer and it's used to measure the alcohol content. 
This was our first kit, a big red. It's very big and apparently, needs a year to be properly aged. We moved it into a glass carboy for clarification.
In two weeks, we'll move it again into another carboy with no more wood chips. It will stay in there for at least 28 days before bottling. Next up, I'll be making hard cider. I tried to buy the cider at Whole Foods but they didn't have it yet. I have plans to pour it in November so I must get it started tomorrow. The pressure is on!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Red Earth Brewers

As I headed to the Red Earth Brewers club meeting, I seat belted my beer in for safety reasons. When I was pouring it, there was quite the mess. 
The current theory is that my pumpkin may have over carbonated the beer with its sugars. Still, the flavor profile was spot on.
We weren't the best at snacks this time but there was plenty of beer to try. Some of it was commercial and some were home crafted. We then had elections for our board. The member at large had 4 candidates. 
I can't remember who won, even though I stuck around for the announcement.
I gave this buddy a bottle to enjoy. I also asked about my next plans to brew. I've got cider plans and I wanted to make a lager. The lager will most definitely have to wait, as a fridge is necessary. I'll be making the cider this week because I hope it will be ready in time for a beer festival. 
The meeting was great and I look forward to next month!