Dipping my toes in Extract Brewing – Part 2

Well, it’s been one week and I am pretty sure… no, positive, that Strange Brew is ready for the keg.

After much sanitisation of equipment (Keg, Keg bits and bobs, Siphon tubes, bowls for sugar and gelatine, etc) I was ready to begin.

First I measured out 30 grams of white brewing sugar into a bowl and added 1 sachet of gelatine. I then retrieved the fementing bin:

Fermenting Complete

I took the last Hydrometer reading, which came out at 1.012. So, based on the OG of 1.043 it should work out at about 4.06% ABV if my calculations are right. If they’re wrong, please feel free to correct me. Still not 100% sure about calculating the alcohol content due to the fact there are a number of different formulas out there.

Once this was done I positioned the keg on the floor – with some towels in place to catch any spillage – and was ready to rock and/or roll:

Keg Ready

I began the siphon with the age old, but potentially bacteria compromising, sucking-on-the-tube-technique (I will be buying a better piece of siphoning kit soon – likely one with a pump to avoid possible contamination)  and collected around a pint in a measuring jug.

Adding some boiling water I then stirred in the gelatine, sugar mix until it was dissolved. Whilst this was going on the beer was passing nicely from the fermenter into the keg:

Siphoning beer

With the last of the beer locked away air tight in the keg, all that was left to do was store it safely away:


So… that’s that. I’m hoping that it’ll be in a state of good drinkability (I’m making up words) within the next 2-4 weeks. Patience is a virtue, apparently, so if it needs longer so be it.

Early signs are good – it had a nice aroma, sweet and not too overpowering.

Once the beer is ready – which could be for one of the last weekends of the 6 nations, so I’m not sure how long it will last – I’ll update on the outcome. Taste, colour, etc.

For now, all there is to do is wait and start planning the next recipe. I’m thinking a stout…

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2 thoughts on “Dipping my toes in Extract Brewing – Part 2

  1. The way I siphoned before pump was putting a lot of water in the tube first. When the siphone was in the beer, pour the tube of water into a bin then moved the tube to whatever I was racking to. The suction brought the beer out. Have to have enough water though. If the water was boiled before use it would be definitely a more sterile appraoch.

    • James Harding

      Ah cool – thanks for the tip. Will try that if I have another lot on the go before I can get my hands on a new siphon kit – definitely going to look into getting a pump soon. Pay day can’t come quick enough.

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