This weekend was the much anticipated bottling weekend. In preparation for the bottling I went about setting my my new brewing fridge I purchased super cheap off gumtree ($60) and setting up my little beer brewing area.
I noticed that whilst doing all the brewing I was constantly writing things down with no place to write them.
Light bulb idea, I’ll make a chalkboard and stick it on wall above my bench. So off to Bunnings to pick up a $6 piece of plywood, $12 tin of chalkboard paint and $1 paint brush. I painted the board in the chalkboard paint and waited for it to dry then gave it another coat. To mount on the wall i had some left over masonry screws and simply put some rubber stoppers on to ensure the board sat slightly away from the wall. I also wanted a place to stick the chalk and duster, so with some leftover wood i chised out a recess and then screwed the shelf in from behind. Bit more screwing and drilling and I had a nice mounted chalkboard for under $20.
The finished product.
Next up was the bottling of my Lager. The OG was 1.040 but unfortunately the FG was only 1.014 which gives me only a 3.5% alcohol content. Although I may bet an extra 0.5 with the priming of bottles.
Although I only got a mid-strength beer I’m happy with the flavour so far. The Lager is the coopers lager with a German lager malt extract to hopefully give a more Munich flavoured lager.
The labels went on well and I luckily had just the right amount of bottles, I had one to spare!
Now just have to let them set for a bit before I crack open the first one. In the mean time, next up is a Dark Ale!