Wedding Reception (Beer / Cider / Wine)

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So my 4th oldest son is getting married to a real sweetheart. I'm gaining a daughter, I'm so excited 😊.

Maybe it's a badge of honor or maybe not??? But here I am again, finding myself being voluntold that I and making the beer and hard cider for the reception party. Well this is not completely true... really more like asked, with big smiles, small amount of begging and hugs. But if I said no? Then I'm not sure what the out come, would be.

So the bride (my new daughter) requested 5 gallons of hard apple cider, and some homemade wines from the cellar ✔️ My son asked for 5 gallons of my almost famous Lil Red Irish Ale and 5 gallons of my Notty Blonde Ale ✔️

But here I am procrastinating, completely unfocused and not really all that interested. I haven't even ordered the ingredients yet, what the heck is wrong with me?

What started off as a relaxing personal hobby, has grown into Dad will do it up right, for special events. I used to really enjoy brewing beer and making ciders and wines. But now I just can't seem to get my mojo on. I have a lot of work ahead of me. I could really use some motivation... Or a kick in the a5s, I guess - IDK 😶
 
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I guess the first step is to gather up my recipes. I still haven't got what I would call a good cider from kits. It's ok and all, but you know I want it to be off the chain. It's my son's wedding after all. So I decided i'm going to have a chat with my friend at hobby homebrew. Man it's been so long since I talked to him, he might not remember my voice on the phone :(

Lil Red Irish Ale ingredients. This ingredient list is for version 3 and seems to be the best it out the 6 versions (tweaks) I've made so far. I do need to change the name but not the ingredients 🤣
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Mash Schedule
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Finished Beer Pour (Authentic - Yummy)
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Notty Blonde Ale Yeast is Danstar Nottingham (hence the name, Notty)
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Mash Schedule
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Finished Beer Pour (Fruity - slight hints of grapefruit and tangerine).
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I just realized something, both beers my son asked for are fermented with Danstar Nottingham yeast. Hummmm... Now there's a head scratcher.

 
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Horray order is placed \o/ I had all the hops and yeast already and some of the grains also. So I went ahead and ordered another 8 gallon fermented and a stick on thermometer for it also.

Now I'm actually looking forward to brew day :)
 

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It will be nice to hear how the new place works for brewing. Do you have everything set up- shelves built, etc?
 

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It will be nice to hear how the new place works for brewing. Do you have everything set up- shelves built, etc?
. I have my gravity fed brew stand still. But I haven't got an exuast fan in the cave. So I'll have to brew outside or in the barn depending on the brew day weather.

I am focused now though :)
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Called my buddy and his daughter answered the phone. She knew my voice right away. She's like one of my favorite persons. She said, we thought you ditched us 🤣. After about 15 minutes "catch up" conversation, she totally made my day. Although her father was not around to answer my cider questions. It was totally worth the phone call.
 
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