Ruby Hooker and Liberty Pale Ale Bottled- batch 38 and 44

So, for Father’s day I decided it was about time to bottle my pale ale and my mead.  15 gallons of bottling- no problem, right?

Bottles drying in dishwasher

Bottles drying in dishwasher

So, I began with the mead.  5 gallons sitting in the carboy since December and ready to bottle.

Ruby Hooker Mead in carboy

Ruby Hooker Mead in carboy

I transferred the mead to my bottling bucket and took the final gravity.  1.012.  Given that the original gravity was 1.124, the alcohol content on this bad boy is 14.7%.  FOURTEEN POINT SEVEN PERCENT!!!!  Holy cow, I’m going to have to be careful with this one!

Added 3/4 cup corn sugar and bottled it up.  The taste was a lot less sweeter than I thought it would be.  I got a lot of tartness from the raspberries and a hint of dryness.  Seems like my yeast might have done it’s job a bit too well.  Still should be good, though.  Here’s what it looks like in the bottle:

Ruby Hooker in the bottle

Ruby Hooker in the bottle

Now, doing the Liberty Pale ale was interesting.  I had some helpers to bottle it with me.

Greggory and Josiah bottling

Greggory and Josiah bottling

It took a long time to bottle this one, as I had two fermenters full of beer and each one had to be transferred to my bottling bucket separately and everything sanitized in between transfers.  The whole day started at around 2:30pm and ended at around 9pm, and that’s including cleanup.

The final gravity on the Liberty Pale ale was 1.012 on both batches (strange), so with a fudge of a starting gravity of 1.058 that gives me an alcohol content of 6.04% by volume.  Wow, turned out stronger this time. Possibly due to all that extra time in the fermenter?  Maybe. The nice thing is I have a ton of beer to tide me over for the next few months, which will give me time to brew and age my next beer- a Belgian style.  Stay tuned!

Ruby Hooker Mead label

Ruby Hooker Mead label

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