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Old 10-06-2010, 09:04 PM   #31
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Ebay may have the lowest prices, but forming a relationship with a local homebrew store is very conducive to your future brewing endeavors. Failing that, a good relationship with a good Internet brew store is also good... but Ebay might fit that bill, depending on who is selling and what they are actually like as a merchant.
Why would a brew store not use eBay in addition to brick and mortar?

Good products and smiling faces are nice, but at the end of the day traffic is king.

eBay has traffic. Also the ratings system is nice, lets you know who you are dealing with.

Anyway, the closest brew store I know of is in Birmingham and gassing the truck for a trip that far is not a winning deal. Nobody ever got a big pile of money by throwing it down a hole.*

I checked out the usual suspects of online brew stores from this board and found out that the shipping kills it. The tablets were actually just over half price, but the 6.99 and 7.99 flat rate shipping is a deal-breaker for a single item.

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* On a side note:

I once read an interview with Donald Trump. The interviewer asked Trump how much he had personally spent that day. Trump replied to the effect that he had spent less than 2 dollars on a breakfast sandwich, and that was all.

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Edit: I did contact Brewmasters to see if they will work with me on shipping 100 Campden tablets. It will be interesting to see if they are just after bulk orders, or if they actually take care of the little guy too.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:11 PM   #32
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Is it crazy to make the sugar wine solution for airlock filler? I have been using Kettle One (its all I have). LOL Seems logical to me.

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hahhhah that is pretty good

Been using 50/50 starsan water for the airlock, but some of the high octane might not be a bad thing.

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to the op: just because you can, doesn't mean you should. but hey, do what you want.
That's what it comes down to as far as brewing this up. You can do what you want and it's no skin off our nose.

It's the insulting of people who are trying to offer advice that sucked.
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I would recommend finding some cheap (or free) source of fruit, like ground apples. Then take the juice of that, triple it with water, then bump the SG up to 1.100 with sugar, and toss in some 1118 yeast.
Your idea is sound. I'm going to try it.

As I mentioned in another thread, the apple wine is pretty sweet and I am wondering if maybe the yeast stalled out due to lack of nutrients.

The next batch is going to use wild pears for the fruit, then be fleshed out with sugar. Been getting some advice about ways to sterilize raw fruit without making it into jam and it sounds good.
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using distillers yeast is ok,I'm saying this from experience,but ec 1118 with the right amount of nutrients is a lot better,and taste better on the dry side.

I used alcotec 48 hour turbo yeast,I got it around 18-19% and dry,with 39 pounds of blackberries(picked alll by me and weighed in at dry weight minus bucket weight)
SO SO Strong

My friend in NOLA got it up to 26-27% and its was still a little sweet.
smelled like rubbing alcohol,and tasted like it

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I used alcotec 48 hour turbo yeast
How long did you let it run?
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That's what it comes down to as far as brewing this up. You can do what you want and it's no skin off our nose.

It's the insulting of people who are trying to offer advice that sucked.
(shhh! don't you know that's James Carville?!?!?)
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till it almost died,then secondary to as dry as possible.
sometimes we couldn't get it to dry

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This seems similar to the idea of keeping carbonated water on tap and adding soda syrup to each glass...except this is gross.

The OP sounds like the typical liberal media watching lazy american who refuses to listen to any opinion that does not fit his agenda and believes this is a fairy tale world.

Seriously, get over yourself...people are offering advice on why not to do it and the entire thread consists of you ignoring all the advice except that which makes your doomed idea sound plausible

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