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Old 11-23-2012, 07:33 PM   #41
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Well that's kinda what I mean. Mead is easier to play with up front. So I'll be able to express some creativeness right off the bat, while getting some beer experience under my belt. After a few batches of extract kits, once I have a good system for keeping proper temps and proper sanitation techniques, as well as a good grasp on documentation of my processes and how to take the gravity and all that stuff, I'm gonna move straight into all-grain brewing, and after getting a few batches of that under my belt, start working on my own recipes.

On paper it sounds easy, but that could take months before I have all that Down to where I feel comfortable brewing my own recipies



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Old 11-23-2012, 10:20 PM   #42
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btw... one thing i saw that was very intriguing was to make a full 5 gallon batch of mead, but then rack them into 5 separate one-gallon carboys for flavorings.

since mead is so much easier to make, up front, that makes a lot of sense.

and 5 gallons of mead would last me a very long time.



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Old 11-23-2012, 11:09 PM   #43
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Google "Joe's quick grape mead" and "Joe's no age mead.". There are a couple recipes that are pretty good in a month or so. They're a good way to get into the ins and outs of mead making.

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Old 11-23-2012, 11:58 PM   #44
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Hello Again, Great learning experience, Always boil without lid, You want to leave the brew pot uncovered in order to allow dimethyl sulfides (DMS) to boil off. Don't feel bad at all, we all make mistakes, just 3 days ago I miss calculated how much water I could use for a dunk sparge on a BIAB with 13 lbs of grain, and yes 1+gal of 187 deg water all over everything including my wife and I, everyone's ok, no burns, I chalk it up to sh*t happens, we all make mistakes, learn from it, so it doesn't happen again.

And yes I have just switched over to doing All-grain BIAB.

Great atitude BTW and keep brewing, you and your brew will do just fine, if your beer dose have a hot alcohol bite, just age it for 3 to 6+ months in bottles or keg and that will help mellow it out, and yes I am speaking from experience on that too. lol

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Old 11-24-2012, 05:34 AM   #45
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Screw that! I'll deal with the extra alcohol flavor. I can't wait that long to drink my firs batch of brew ever!

And i was wondering. Is it just a strong alcohol FLAVOR that I got from the warm fermentation or is the brew itself actually more alcoholic? Because if it's more alcoholic, playing with fermentation temps is something I'm going to be really interested in messing around with

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Old 11-24-2012, 06:40 AM   #46
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I once set my kitchen on fire trying to boil a chicken, and another time making potato pancakes.
Mmmm...... potato pancakes
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Screw that! I'll deal with the extra alcohol flavor. I can't wait that long to drink my firs batch of brew ever!

And i was wondering. Is it just a strong alcohol FLAVOR that I got from the warm fermentation or is the brew itself actually more alcoholic? Because if it's more alcoholic, playing with fermentation temps is something I'm going to be really interested in messing around with
It's the alcohol flavor because it isn't ethanol that you are tasting when you get that "hot alcohol" flavor in beer that is fermented too warm. There are reports that this "hot alcohol" brings on the hangover headache but I haven't been able to prove that.
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I was under the understanding that a hangover is caused by dehydration. And damn that sucks. So I get all the bad qualities of alcohol (the hot bite and the hangover) without the good qualities. But hey. It's a learning experience

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Fermenting at the upper end of the temp range encourages the production of methanol, but this is really only a significant problem with fruit fermentation, as the methanol is primarily a product of yeast metabolizing pectins. Grain fermentations produce very small amounts of methanol.

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Hot alcohol flavors are generally referred to as fusel alcohols. They come from high initial ferment temps. If it's not too bad/you caught it soon enough,they can be cleaned up in primary by allowing the yeast time after FG is reached to do so & settle out clear. Time in bottles can also help some. But if it's pretty bad you'll be stuck with it for the most part.


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