Friday tunes - 90% Horse

Evening folks. I've just got home from work and broke into a fresh barrel of home brew. Once again, it tastes great and looks great but it's got no life in it at all.

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, maybe it's too cold. Tips from hardened home brewers would be most welcome.

Ah well, at least it's drinkable. Bottoms up, and here's another selection of tunes. Todays idea comes from a conversation at work this afternoon. Some of the girls in the office were discussing Findus horse lasagne, when one of them piped up, "I bet Bucko wouldn't mind if it contains horse, he'll eat anything",

*Proud*





















And if you fancy some more horsing around, why not check out Microdaves Friday Funnies. Lessons tonight. English, hoola hooping and cheese on toast.

11 comments:

Twisted Root said...

Have you got a pressurised barrel?

Mac the Knife said...

Wot abaht...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_DVS_303kQ

Bucko The Moose said...

Twisted root - No. I've got a wooden barrel.

Bucko The Moose said...

Mac - I haven't heard that one before. Good tune though.

The Blocked Dwarf said...

If by "life" you mean bubbles (ie CO2) then either you are losing it (what happens when you leave the top off a bottle of coke) or your secondary fermentation isn't right. So a pressurized barrel would be a good move.

If by "life" you mean taste then try adding tannin in the next batch. Tannin = chuck black tea in.

If by "life" you mean alcohol content then its a bit more complicated and you need to know what the SG/OG readings were etc.

Bucko The Moose said...

Thanks Dwarf. By life I do mean C02. The taste and alcohol content are fine but it's flatter than a ten year old.

Once fermented it seems to have some life, but then I transfer it to the barrel and add sugar for secondary fermentation and it does nothing (Apart from clear).

Our house is very cold during the day and someone told me that the barrel needs to be warm to initiate 2nd fermentation. I tried wrapping this one in lagging that you use on a boiler but it had no effect. Do you think a pressure barrel is the answer?

Anonymous said...

I strongly suspect that your barrel is not adequately sealed. With a plastic pressure barrel you'll find a rubber O'ring inside the screw top which helps create a good seal. But even with that it is best to smear a little vaseline around the O'ring to get a perfect seal.

Bucko The Moose said...

Anon - My barrel is not sealed at all, it's a wooden effort with a bung in the top. It looks the dogs but I think the general consensus is I need to buy a pressure barrel?

The Blocked Dwarf said...

As far as I know, and its been 2 decades since I actively brewed, there isn't a wooden barrel on the planet that is air tight, that won't leak CO2.

So a plastic barrel is pretty much a must have unless you're doing the whole Real Ale Cask conditioning thang.

But it sounds to me as if you're not getting any real 2ndary fermentation going. Certainly CONSTANT warmth would be the first thing to try unless you're brewing lager of course. A simple Bru Belt heater can't cost much these days.

Do you 'kill' the primary fermentation ie add camden tabs et al? If so you may not have enough active yeast left in the brew for a 2ndary fermentation. That might be the problem, as is what yeast you're using.


Bucko The Moose said...

Dwarf - For the next batch I'll try keeping it warm to get the secondary fermentation going. If that doesn't help, I'll invest in a pressure barrel.

Thanks for the advice.

Bucko The Moose said...

Oh and, I don't add any stuff to it apart from finings when I move it to the barrel.