Adjusting Strength of Home Brews


To adjust the strength of home-brewed beverages:
  • Make your brew according to the directions of any given recipe
  • Note when it begins to ferment
  • Decide how strong you want it to be
  • Go to the appropriate box and follow the directions


1.) As little as possible; fermented soda pop.  Go to blue box.
2.) Average strength (6% or 12 proof)  Go to lavender box.
3.) As much as possible, which is 12%,  Go to beige box


As little as possible
  1. Strain out any solid material like grains, herbs or spices from the broth by pouring through a fine sieve or cotton flannel jelly bag (a pillowcase will do).
  2. Put the filtered liquid into plastic soda pop bottles, leaving 1-2" of air space at the top.
  3. Screw caps on securely.
  4. Leave at room temperature.
  5. As soon as plastic bottle(s) becomes firm to the touch and cannot be squeezed, refrigerate and drink within 1 or 2 days. (see squeezing test below).

Average

(This is the most difficult to achieve, and you will probably have to use some trial and error to determine what works best for your conditions.)
  1. Cover the bottle, jar or other container of liquid to be fermented with an airlock (see below). Leave at room temperature for 3 days after fermentation has begun.
  2. After liquid has fermented for 2-3 days, strain out any solid material like grains, herbs or spices from the broth by pouring through a fine sieve or cotton flannel jelly bag (a pillowcase will do).
  3. Pour the filtered liquid into plastic soda pop bottles, leaving 1-2" of air space at the top.
  4. Screw caps on securely.
  5. Leave at room temperature until bottle(s) is(are) firm to the touch and cannot be squeezed. (see squeezing test below).
  6. Refrigerate and drink within 3 days.

As much as possible
  1. Cover the bottle or container with the liquid to be fermented with an airlock (see below) and leave in a  warm room temperature place for 6 or 7 days after it has begun fermenting, or until it has stopped fermenting.
  2. Strain out any solid matter by pouring through a fine sieve or cotton flannel jelly bag (a pillowcase will do).
  3. Measure liquid and add a teaspoon of sugar for each pint of liquid and stir in.
  4. Pour into plastic soda pop bottle(s), leaving 1"-2" of air space at the top.
  5. Screw cap(s) on securely.
  6. When bottles are firm to the touch and cannot be squeezed, refrigerate and drink within a week. (see squeezing test below).


Airlocks
Airlocks are anything that will let gas escape but keep bugs out. When I first started making wine, I used store-bought airlocks. When those broke, I found I could use a plain plastic sheet secured with a sturdy rubber band. When I lost those, I discovered it worked just as well to just close the plastic soda pop screw-on top and then loosen it every once in a while to let out the gas buildup. You could also use a jug with a screw-on lid and loosen it just a tiny amount so that air can get out but bugs can't get in, or you can use a piece of cloth, or coffee filter. Use whichever of these methods that appeals to you.

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It's okay to brew in glass, but I carbonate everything in plastic soda pop bottles. The advantages to this are that plastic doesn't risk accidentally exploding, sending long pieces of sharp, pointy glass into your flesh, and it's easier to check on carbonation by squeezing a plastic bottle. If you want to carbonate in glass, you can leave it under an airlock and add a few raisins to it. When the raisins begin floating, the beverage is carbonated, although not to the extent that modern tastes expect in carbonation.



Squeeze Test
Squeeze bottle(s) to check if ale is carbonated. When plastic feels firm and cannot be squeezed, ale is carbonated.
This bottle is not ready.This bottle can still be squeezed and is not yet ready to drink.




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