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  • I received a Mr Beer from a friend for my birthday. Brewed their kit, wasn't a big fan so I am now venturing out with a friend (kombatkoala) in this awesome undertaking.
  • I have two gallons of fresh squeezed apple juice that I am going to be turning into hard apple cider. Its going to be fun.

    kombatkoala and I are going to be doing some hard lemonade in a couple weeks as well, to be ready for the coming warm weather.
  • Right now, I am brewing some mead. Not sure how it is going to turn out though. kombatkoala and I got this one off to a rough start. We shall see.
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  • Posted in thread: Spike Brewing Kettle Giveaway on 07-26-2016 at 07:00 PM

  • Posted in thread: Bottling my Cider on 05-09-2010 at 03:51 AM
    I went ahead and bottled it all today. I used a tbs of sugar in each half gallon. Based on
    other measurements that seemed like the correct ratio. Sucks about the wine yeast possibly
    being stalled out....

  • Posted in thread: Bottling my Cider on 05-08-2010 at 07:33 PM
    I know there is some information on this already out there but i a super nervous about bottling
    my cider cuz I DO NOT want to make bottle bombs. I am going to basically give all the info on
    my situati...

  • Posted in thread: Signs of fermentation on 04-10-2010 at 03:27 AM
    Well, I just checked the SG on the mead. Its been about 4 weeks. Forgot to take the initial SG,
    but 3 weeks in, it was 1.050. As was pointed out above, given the recipe we used the starting
    SG should ...

  • Posted in thread: Confused by yeast - rehydrate or not? on 04-08-2010 at 07:48 PM
    Would it be beneficial to add yeast nutrients? If so when and where should they be added? In
    the rehydrating bath before the yeast go in, or after? In the wort before or after the yeast
    goes in?

  • Posted in thread: Signs of fermentation on 04-01-2010 at 06:16 PM
    I will definitely post how it all turns out. This is pretty much my first time doing this so
    it's all a learning process. First batches are bound to be a bit low on the quality scale I am

  • Posted in thread: Signs of fermentation on 04-01-2010 at 02:45 PM
    Well I made sure to sanitize everything I would be using so I hope that part worked out. I
    added the correct amount of nutrients to the wort, and it bubbled like Jr high volcano science
    project. I sti...

  • Posted in thread: Signs of fermentation on 03-27-2010 at 09:38 PM
    We used red star champagne yeast. Do you think we need to add more yeast or just add some
    nutrients and stir it up like you mentioned? I have a starter mix with nutrients sugar and some
    yeast that has...

  • Posted in thread: Signs of fermentation on 03-27-2010 at 09:18 PM
    My buddy and I recently made a batch of mead (basic honey and water). We let it sit for about 4
    weeks and in that time we did not notice any sort of bubbling or frothiness that my buddy says
    should ac...

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April 8, 2010  •  09:06 PM
Dude, I'm excited about the 1 gal carboys you got - the B&G has the same thing for $4 a pop, so we got ours for just over, with the apple juice! I know I said I wasn't going to, but I think I'm going to start the first batch of cider tonight.