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Old 03-02-2013, 09:57 PM   #381
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hello been thinking of trying some hard lemonade. If you don't mind what does it end up tasting like can I get the best description. of the flavor Thanks for your time GG also do you have or know a good recipe for 5-6 gallon batch with the use of frozen concentrate juice or do i find a 1 gallon recipe and just add it up to 5-6 gallon batch thanks

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Old 03-03-2013, 05:07 AM   #382
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i followed the op's recipe except i used a Huge yeast cake from a 5 gallon batch us-05 and it was going crazy in one hour! Anyone used beer yeast and had good results ?
Any update on this? I was thinking about using an S-04 cake.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #383
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My keg is full of mead, and I've got 5 gallons of this hard lemonade that's now clear in my carboy on the yeast cake. Since I can't carb it in the keg, is it okay to leave it on the lees? Or should I rack it into a bucket and let it sit until the keg is avaliable?

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Old 05-05-2013, 03:04 PM   #384
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My keg is full of mead, and I've got 5 gallons of this hard lemonade that's now clear in my carboy on the yeast cake. Since I can't carb it in the keg, is it okay to leave it on the lees? Or should I rack it into a bucket and let it sit until the keg is avaliable?
How long will it sit there? I would be worried about it having too much headspace in a bucket. If you have a carboy, maybe you can put it in there?

I've left things o. Yeast for almost 2 months and haven't had any problems, but I would think it would be longer in your case since you have mead and that may not go too fast?
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Well, it's sparkling mead...so maybe it'll go a little faster. But I'd be looking at ~3 months minimum to empty the keg. I could bottle once it gets down to 1/4th full.

I don't have another carboy. I was thinking of racking into the bucket and leaving it there or racking into the bucket, cleaning the carboy, and racking it back (but i'd be worried about infection/oxidation doing the latter option).

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Old 05-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #386
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Well, it's sparkling mead...so maybe it'll go a little faster. But I'd be looking at ~3 months minimum to empty the keg. I could bottle once it gets down to 1/4th full.

I don't have another carboy. I was thinking of racking into the bucket and leaving it there or racking into the bucket, cleaning the carboy, and racking it back (but i'd be worried about infection/oxidation doing the latter option).
None of those are good options. Too long on the lees can cause some bad flavor, and a wide headspace will oxidize it. You don't have another keg or carboy? I'd make sure it's in a carboy, and topped up.

If not, I'd bottle it.
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Well, it's sparkling mead...so maybe it'll go a little faster. But I'd be looking at ~3 months minimum to empty the keg. I could bottle once it gets down to 1/4th full.

I don't have another carboy. I was thinking of racking into the bucket and leaving it there or racking into the bucket, cleaning the carboy, and racking it back (but i'd be worried about infection/oxidation doing the latter option).
I've done the swap to bucket and then back to carboy before and had luck. The good thing about the lemonade is that it doesn't oxidize as easily, at least skeeter pee doesn't. This may be slightly different since it isn't as high in alcohol and acid, but I think it may be your best option.
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I went with the bucket-swap method. I sterilized my bucket and autosiphon, spritzed some co2 into the bucket with a couple of crushed campden tablets, and covered it with the hose in there from the autosiphon. Siphoned off the lemon-wine, and then I cleaned out the carboy. Spritzed some co2 into the carboy, and then siphoned the bucket into the carboy. Topped up with some R/O H2O out of a freshly opened gallon jug. Another spritz of co2 and I put the airlock back on. The alcohol content was pretty high; no sweetness detected.

My fingers are crossed.

I plan on adding sugar and doing a natural carb when I have a free keg.

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I went with the bucket-swap method. I sterilized my bucket and autosiphon, spritzed some co2 into the bucket with a couple of crushed campden tablets, and covered it with the hose in there from the autosiphon. Siphoned off the lemon-wine, and then I cleaned out the carboy. Spritzed some co2 into the carboy, and then siphoned the bucket into the carboy. Topped up with some R/O H2O out of a freshly opened gallon jug. Another spritz of co2 and I put the airlock back on. The alcohol content was pretty high; no sweetness detected.

My fingers are crossed.

I plan on adding sugar and doing a natural carb when I have a free keg.
Update: I did the natural carb w/ sugar. It's now semi-sweet, sparkly, and clear. No off flavors.
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hello been thinking of trying some hard lemonade. If you don't mind what does it end up tasting like can I get the best description. of the flavor Thanks for your time GG also do you have or know a good recipe for 5-6 gallon batch with the use of frozen concentrate juice or do i find a 1 gallon recipe and just add it up to 5-6 gallon batch thanks
But everyone I try tastes better then the one days before great recipe
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