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  • I always found our American history to be intriguing..American moonshiners past and present, the Whiskey Rebellion,the folly that was (and still is) Prohibition. I began to really enjoy local beers (Bells Beer in Comstock/Kalamazoo, MI) and at the same time began to garden and grow/can/pickle my own food. So, I thought, "If I can grow my own food, I can make my own beer." I actually made 5 gallons of hard cider as my first brew of choice, because it was fall and SW Michigan has many cider options available. It turned out very strong and too much of an astringent taste, but that didn't stop me from enjoying every last damn drop!
  • Edwort's Apfelwein, or hard cider using Nottingham yeast, Some sort of Brown Ale, preferably a Bell's Brown Ale clone
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  • Margarita Wine (all lime version of Skeeter Pee)
  • various hard ciders and beers, a few wines
  • I have a keg now, but have yet to use it. That needs to change soon
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  • Posted in thread: Cider smells... on 11-25-2014 at 12:51 AM
    Visit some recycling centers. You'll find plenty of free 1 gallon or 4 liter glass jugs. That's
    how I started compiling my cache of tester jugs for cider and wine experiments.

  • Posted in thread: Welch's Concord Grape Juice Wine on 11-24-2014 at 02:09 PM
    Well my impatience got the best of me on this one. Fermentation restarted, but fortunately this
    isn't one I planned on aging or bottling anyway. I don't want to add anymore metabisulfite or
    sorbate ei...

  • Posted in thread: How much Red Star? on 11-21-2014 at 12:17 PM
    I've actually had an open package of yeast last over a year and they were still alive. Maybe
    they were just some strong SOB's? But yeah I try to use those up first anyway so I get my $0.50
    worth €...

  • Posted in thread: Welch's Concord Grape Juice Wine on 11-21-2014 at 12:14 PM
    I poured it off the lees (although it was still cloudy so I'm sure there will be more) and I
    shook it to mix in the sorbate and metabisulfite. I actually had no idea campden and
    metabisulfite are the ...

  • Posted in thread: Welch's Concord Grape Juice Wine on 11-20-2014 at 11:59 PM
    Edit: I wrote out a long update just to be told "you do not have permissions to access this
    page." Now I have to type it all over again (on a phone, not on a PC). Anyway, here
    goes:Gravity: .992Temp: ...

  • Posted in thread: How much Red Star? on 11-20-2014 at 09:39 PM
    Is the 11g pack meant for 5 gallons? Then estimate 1/5 of the pack. That's not very scientific
    but that's what I do for one gallon testers.

  • Posted in thread: Potassium Sorbate & Fermentation on 11-18-2014 at 01:49 AM
    Is there no other cider available in your area or something?I've noticed at the grocery stores
    in my area (Chattanooga, TN), most if not all of the cheap ciders have potassium sorbate in
    them. So I'm ...

  • Posted in thread: aging bottled cider? on 11-13-2014 at 05:59 PM
    Just take a swig from the bottle, add a shot of Jameson, and enjoy!

  • Posted in thread: White Trash Worries on 11-02-2014 at 05:37 PM
    Yikes. Post the results when it's finished.

  • Posted in thread: Limeade (margarita wine) on 10-31-2014 at 12:33 AM
    Looks good! Yeah lime juice is definitely more tart than the lemon juice.


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