Nov 2014

Lot 2: Ginger Beer--The Reckoning

On the same day as I pulled Lot 1, I pulled Lot 2 with the Ginger Beer. It came in right at 5% alcohol. I ended up with about 1.5 liters of ginger beer which filled 2/3 of 5 20 ounce (591ml) bottles.

0.591 liters * 2/3 full * 5 = 1.97157 liters. The jug I used was 1.89271liters, so it was probably a little less than 2/3.

After bottling them in the plastic bottles, I added another 1/4 teaspoon of champagne yeast and 4 tablespoons of sugar and squished the bottles to get the air out.

I sampled it and it was quite tasty! It should take about 2 or 3 days and they should be read to drink.


Lot 1: Concord Wine--The Reckoning

Two and a half weeks later, I pulled the wine. It ended up being 11.5% and quite sweet (which makes sense since half the sugar was left). I ended up with 2 bottles, which also makes sense.

1.89271liters, with about 0.5 liters lost due to sampling.

I am quite happy with these results, and I’ll probably pop them tomorrow at Thanksgiving.


Lot 2: Ginger Beer

Lot 2 is an alcoholic ginger beer.

Ingredients (per half gallon):
2.5 cups of granulated sugar (plus 1/2 tsp for activating the yeast)
5 tbsp puréed ginger root
1.5 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp champagne yeast
About 24 oz of water (purified, not spring, and not the kind that have elements added for flavor)

I added all the ingredients (minus the yeast) in a glass bowl, then added about a cup of hot water (microwaved about for about 90 seconds), mixed them until everything dissolved together, and poured it into the half gallon jug. I then filled the rest of the bottle with water, capped it, and shook it for about 2 minutes.

I measured specific gravity at 1.079, which is about 10.5% alcohol.

After taking the SG reading, I activated the yeast (which I did not do with batch 1 of concord wine) by adding room temperature water to a cup, adding the yeast, stirring it together, then mixing in about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. I then added this to my jug.

Ginger Beer-Batch 2

Lot 1: Concord Wine

I started Lot 1 of Concord Grape wine. It’s a simple recipe:

Ingredients (per half gallon):
32 oz. Concord Grape Juice (organic with no preservative)
4 cups of granulated sugar (cane, not beet)
1/2 tsp dry wine yeast
About 16 oz of water (purified, not spring, and not the kind that have elements added for flavor)

I poured the wine into the 1/2 gallon jug. I then heated up about 2 cups of water in the microwave, and stirred in the 4 cups of sugar until it dissolved. I then poured the sugar and water mixture into the jug, capped it, and shook it up for about 2 minutes.

I measured the specific gravity as 1.088, which will make about 21.5% alcohol. I added the yeast after measuring the SG.

After adding the yeast, I capped it and shook it for about another 2 minutes. Then I added the airlock and put it on top of the fridge. I’ll be leaving it for about 4 weeks before syphoning it off.

Batches 1 and 2 should be done in about 3 or 4 weeks.

Concord Wine-Batch 1

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Happy Brewing!