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Blueberry Ginger Ale (SUCCESS)

Discussion in 'The Homestead Kitchen - Recipes Etc' started by CrealCritter, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. Mar 12, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    Day 4 - nice peaceful ferment. Smells good, no visual signs of secondary infection. Might be ready to bottle by day 7.
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  2. Mar 13, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    Day 5 - I see lots of trub on the bottom of the carboy, so I think it'll be ready to bottle Thursday or Friday :)
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  3. Mar 13, 2019
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    CrealCritter

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    Day 6 - it's pretty much ready to be bottled. When I shine a flash light into it, its pretty clear and not much bubble action through the air lock anymore. I'll more than likely bottle this tomorrow or Friday evening.
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    Fair amount of trub in the bottom of the carboy. Another indication of a successful ferment.
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    Curious to see how this tastes with pure cane sugar instead of bleached white sugar beet sugar.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Day 7 - Very nice tasting right out of the primary this time. Most definitely found the "sweet spot".

    Here is a glass full of non-carbonated.
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    I syphoned 3 gallons off the top. Then this is what was left on the bottom after, a bit of movement of the carboy. So The trub was disturbed quite a lot. Its kind of cool how it lightens up almost magically when exposed to air.
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    Now I just need to let my blueberry bottling primer cool to room temperature, mix it into the bottling bucket and bottle :) and of course clean out the carboy.

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    24 pints Blueberry Ginger Ale.
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  6. Mar 23, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    After 7 days bottle conditioning at room temperature, its full of carbonation and has mellowed out very nicely, the ginger and lemon married well together with just a slight hint of cane sugar taste. Which is much better than with bleached white table sugar. You also get a nice hint of blueberry in the back of the throat, as it goes down.

    My wife is actually drinking it now and really likes it. So do my grand daughters. I guess this recipe is set, since I like it also. I'm going to call this one a success. Feel free and use the recipe. It could be scaled down for a 1 gallon batch pretty easily. Count on about 14 days to be drinkable (7 in the primary fermenter & 7 in the bottle).
     
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    Yay! Glad it turned out good
     
  8. Mar 23, 2019
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    Wonderful result! Enjoy :)
     
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    It's always rewarding when we can "make" something we can enjoy! Good job.
     
  10. Mar 23, 2019
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    Glad to hear this one turned out good!
    Hopefully it is still helping with the pain in your hands.
     

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