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Old 07-08-2013, 04:56 PM   #11
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2 years later, you got any bottles left?!
Ha! No, I don't. Though one of my brew buddies tends to hold onto things for quite a while and not drink them. Maybe he has one or two, but I wouldn't have high hopes for it after two years.

I thought the chocolate cherry milk stout was pretty good, but needed maybe twice as much cocoa powder (or less cherry, if you just want hints of those flavors). The unheralded star of the show was the lactose, as it resulted in lovely mouthfeel.


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Old 07-22-2013, 07:25 PM   #12
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One idea I've heard about to keep the auto-siphon from clogging is to take either a muslin bag or paint-strainer bag and tie it around the end of the auto-siphon so that it acts as filter. Haven't tried it but I'm getting ready to rack my first strawberry wheat onto strawberries so I'll try this trick out in a couple weeks...just a thought though if you haven't heard of this before



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One idea I've heard about to keep the auto-siphon from clogging is to take either a muslin bag or paint-strainer bag and tie it around the end of the auto-siphon so that it acts as filter.
Clever! I just saw another thread where a guy who didn't strain out his hops on the way into the primary is going to try the same thing when he racks.

Does anybody know what will happen if I add fruit late (diced apricots, in this case)? I'm going to rack a gallon of what is in my secondary on top of a pound of apricots. I'm not sure if fermentation will start up again, or what. I'm planning to stir up the yeast a bit to help. I decided to try this only after racking to secondary and adding isinglass...

Will this be a disaster?
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:57 AM   #14
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Definitely rack through a bag, especially if bottling; fruit chunks, etc. will clog your bottling wand. I used a fresh fruit puree (peach) pasteurized on the stove. Once cooled, I dropped it in the primary 3 days after pitching. Phenomenal flavor!

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