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  • Started in college with an old plastic water-cooler carboy and borrowed black-rubber laboratory bungs (but new siphon hoses!); made a pretty good IPA. After a half-dozen brews then and a long hiatus, I've made another half-dozen in the last few years. Made my first mead a couple of years ago and eager to try more when time permits. Adding cider into the mix now.


  • Posted in thread: Cider/yeast experiment on 12-08-2007 at 02:43 AM
    An update on my yeast/cider experiment: I still have all three one-gallon batches in secondary
    (the original, Aug. 20 using a Lalvin wine years; and the two simultaneous batches, one using
    hefeweizen ...

  • Posted in thread: Hard Cider still fermenting (over a week) on 11-21-2007 at 12:13 AM
    Hm. I've had a batch going since Aug. 20, racked once, and it's still going, albeit very
    slowly, and hasn't cleared. Should I be worried? (It's 1 gallon, unfiltered, pasteurized,
    Lalvin 71B-1122 yeast...

  • Posted in thread: Trouble in Bubble-dise on 11-18-2007 at 10:02 PM
    Yooper has far more experience than I, but I'd have to agree: Relax, don't rush, and don't
    worry. For my first (and so far only complete) batch of mead, after racking to secondary, I
    literally drove i...

  • Posted in thread: Oops -- forgot to take the OG on 11-18-2007 at 05:24 AM
    Not once, but twice, on two different batches of cranberry melomel/cyser (different recipes,
    one adds the fruit in primary, the other has more apple juice and adds the cranberries in

  • Posted in thread: How long does fermentation last on 11-18-2007 at 05:16 AM
    I don't think a month is a long time. I've had a batch going since Aug. 20 or so, and it's
    still fermenting a little (pushing a bubble out of the fermentation lock at least a couple
    times a day). Depe...

  • Posted in thread: Cranberry cyser -- suggestions? on 11-17-2007 at 05:45 AM
    Well, no one seems to have much experience with added-fruit cysers, so I decided to wing it
    with an assortment of advice from local brewers who've made meads, wines and ciders. Here's
    what I've done s...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast Question, possible stuck fermentation, Apfelwein on 11-17-2007 at 05:35 AM
    The only caveat I'd add to David_42's comment is that you might well get a krauesen with ale
    yeast, and from what I've myself and read here, and you should definitely be ready for a
    healthy one if you...

  • Posted in thread: 24 hours to find a yeast... on 11-16-2007 at 01:16 PM
    I'm sure you've seen the data sheet for Nottingham ( I'm still in the midst of my first
    cider/yeast experiment (all using varieties that should ferment out fairly dry), so no
    first-hand experience he...

  • Posted in thread: Sorry for the long thread...Need expert opinions! on 11-14-2007 at 07:03 AM
    I can't speak to all your points, but I've been wrestling with your #2 for a week or so now as
    I plot a batch of cranberry cyser (see my post in the mead forum).After perusing these forums
    and other p...

  • Posted in thread: Cranberry cyser -- suggestions? on 11-11-2007 at 06:14 AM
    I am poised to start my second batch of mead ever. My first was a traditional mead (no fruit,
    spices) and turned out pretty well, but I think I want to try something drier, with fruit.
    After perusing ...

Primary: 19 Gallon (Cranberry) Cyser, Home Alone Cranberry Melomel Secondary: Tenure Forecast Cider, Riotin' Cider, Virgin Cider No. 1 Bottled: pumpkin ale!, brown ale Drinking: red ale