Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Bottle Boy

He emerges late in the weekend. Enthused and ready to go. He boils up strange brews with unusual additions...

He finds the only pair of pink rubber gloves in the house and shows no shyness in wearing them. Bottles are washed and rinsed..

..and later, sterilised. 
He makes good use of the bottle tree that we have acquired since commencing home brewing.

After a satisfactory fermentation time, he decants the amber liquid into the clean bottles..

..with the help of his 'little bottler'..

He doesn't forget to add the sugar drops to ensure a secondary fermentation/carbonation in the bottles.

The industrial looking bottle topper is retrieved and the clamping of the tops begins..
It's no fun for him to discover that he's nearly out of metal caps! Not to worry, his Mrs is keen to go out and finds them in the third shop she tries..a stroke of luck for a Sunday night bottling session.

He gently transports his sealed babies to a warm spot to sit for two weeks to commence carbonation..
..after which time they will be moved somewhere cool to wait for hot, sweaty, thirsty, dusty mouths to ask..

"What kind of beer do we have?"


Do you take the time to brew? Are you brewing now for summer? What is your favourite brew?

19 comments:

  1. my husband ahs been brewing all the years we ahve been together(17 in total)one of his favs is a pale ale

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    1. Ditto, joyfulhomemaker. It is the stuff of summer, ahh.

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  2. We've just started brewing again, and I'm about to hijack the kit to attempt a lilly pilly sparkling wine (fingers crossed!). My hubby desperately wants one of those bottling trees, and is keen to try lots of flavours, but we're just waiting another week before we open the first lot to try it.

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    1. Ooh, the popping of the first bottle, Tracey, so exciting! The sparkling wine sounds intriguing.. is it in a kit form?

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  3. This is a familiar sight, the other half has just bottled a batch himself. I think it's sparkling ale this time. We are thinking of doing some cider this year too. Also what is a bottling tree?

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  4. Rachael - a bottling tree has two purposes. With the bottle sanitizer on top it does just that - cleans the bottles which is a painful job if your wifey doesn't help you out :). The tree holds the bottles upside down so they can drain out the sanitising residue and be ready to bottle the beer. Pretty neat!

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  5. I will begin brewing again in a few weekends time! I enjoy making many types, but Aztec Gold is my absolute favourite.
    Gav x

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    1. Haven't tried that one Gav, thanks for the tip!

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  6. looks good, but I heard of a special recipe called "by golly wobbles", which is supposed to be very nice!

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    1. Ha...yes I know of this brew you speak of. Quite refreshing if I remember correctly. Bet you could do with just such a glass given your current location.. ;)

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  7. We made your cupcake recipe today and all I can say is YUM. I can see why it is a big hit with your family. I made the icing as per your comments but I think I need actual measurements as it wasn't as good. The kids loved the cakes too. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane , Australia

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    1. Oh dear, I don't think I can offer up exact measurements, Kathy..it was all a 'bung in the bowl' affair. Sorry! x

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  8. looks like quite the professional operation! oh dusty days, but a distant memory, looking forward to one and a beer to follow.

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    1. Dust would be very nice right about now, Kirsty, never thought I'd hear those words. Could it get any wetter?!

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  9. My hubby's a beer drinker, I have thought about home brewing one day...
    Looks like everyone does there fair share of preserves in your house. I can't see my hub doing this though, I wonder if he would drink it if I made it?
    Your a good wife going out to get his tops! What would he have done!
    Doing a bit of blog catch up today, it looks like you've been as busy as ever Christine, I'll be living vicariously through you for a while until we get up and running again... :)
    Karen xo

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    1. Karen, I have been wondering how you have been! Did you know that hubby didn't make beer until I actually went out, bought a second hand kit, came home and started making him delicious beer to drink? He was pretty soon hooked and then he jumped right in! I seriously recommend it, homemade is sooo good, and extremely economical..plus the choice is astounding.

      Wishing you all the very best with your new quarters..remember home is where you make it. xx

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  10. He seems so absorbed and so familiar with was he’s doing. That’s what experience does. No step was left undone. I’m so glad about that especially with the sanitation procedures. The bottle tree is a great help to that. It is a great tool since its material is not prone to bacteria. I like the color of your bottle tree, by the way. :D

    Rob Feckler

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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