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Forum: Mead Forum 10-06-2013, 04:06 PM
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Sorry I forgot to come back and update everybody...

Sorry I forgot to come back and update everybody on this; I don't use this site that much. It came out great! Very dry and since I bottled it with champagne yeast so it came out very much like...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-28-2013, 01:58 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Campden vs Potassium Sorbate

I've read of people using campden tablets (potassium metabisulfate) to sanitize cider from wild yeasts and using potassium sorbate to stop fermentations when a desired FG is reached. So my question...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 12-12-2012, 02:11 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
I have no idea, really. I made one before on an...

I have no idea, really. I made one before on an IPA base with the same ingredients minus the Stinging Nettle. I didn't sour it, but it picked up some wild yeast from a sprig of culinary rosemary I...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 11-17-2012, 02:22 AM
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Sour Gruit, Dubbel grain bill brewed with Nettle,...

Sour Gruit, Dubbel grain bill brewed with Nettle, Mugwort, Marsh Rosemary, Sweet Gale, and Wild Yarrow. Saison primary sacc, followed by inoculation with my dregs of a Consecration clone.
Forum: Mead Forum 07-24-2012, 05:09 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
For those curious, the time has come. This stuff...

For those curious, the time has come. This stuff is awesome, dry like champagne and refreshingly tart. Got lots of great feedback at my club about how refreshing/dry/delicious it is :)
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-17-2012, 05:32 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Yep, 60 min boil for the herbs. You want to use...

Yep, 60 min boil for the herbs. You want to use them to bitter.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-16-2012, 02:40 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Bug Powder Dust Gruit

So props to anyone who gets the reference in the name... This is a recipe for an ancient hop-less gruit. Supposedly highly-intoxicating and prone to producing amorous feelings along with being a...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-14-2012, 01:51 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
About 1.016. At 1.015 you're supposed to remove...

About 1.016. At 1.015 you're supposed to remove 1/2 gal of must, steep w/ remaining heather, and return. I went ahead and did it because I was close. The must is still fermenting down to my target...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-12-2012, 04:48 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Just took a gravity reading. This stuff is...

Just took a gravity reading. This stuff is amazing!
Forum: Mead Forum 02-27-2012, 01:15 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Lost a little more than expected to heather...

Lost a little more than expected to heather trub... wound up with about 4.5 gal at 1.062, which is still in the range I expected.
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2012, 06:52 PM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Here's the wax floating to the surface from the...

Here's the wax floating to the surface from the comb (very easy to skim off)
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2012, 05:00 PM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
So here's the heather being stirred in and the...

So here's the heather being stirred in and the resulting heather tea I woke up to. I was surprised, it's darker than I thought it would be.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-26-2012, 12:59 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
How much wheat do you have? You could add some...

How much wheat do you have? You could add some to lighten body and improve head retention
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2012, 12:51 AM
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Views: 1,373
Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Online honey resource!

Several people have asked where the best online bulk honey retailer can be found....

I don't know if this is the best, but

Http/:www.glorybee.com
Click "Products" then "honey pails"
Bee...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-25-2012, 09:35 PM
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Views: 1,176
Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Radioactive Man - Up and Atom!

Radioactive Man - Up and Atom!
Forum: Mead Forum 02-25-2012, 09:24 PM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Update - decided to make a 1 liter starter with a...

Update - decided to make a 1 liter starter with a tbsp DME, 1/4 tsp Fermaid K, and 3 tbsp heather honey to try & ramp the fogg up a little...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-25-2012, 09:11 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
I suggest heating some water to 150 or 160,...

I suggest heating some water to 150 or 160, adding the comb and skim off the wax if you want to use honeycomb for priming without the comb sitting in the bottle.

But yeah, +1 to above - sell that...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-25-2012, 09:05 PM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Nutrient at 1/3 sugar means add some nutrient...

Nutrient at 1/3 sugar means add some nutrient after 2/3 sugar has fermented out (usually when bubbling slows in your blowoff/airlock - 3 days or so, depending on OG and yeast)
Forum: Mead Forum 02-25-2012, 04:35 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Irritatingly, I found out my imported heather...

Irritatingly, I found out my imported heather tips have been washed to remove the fogg. However (in answer to a previous question), pure heather honey that has not been pasteurized contains fogg. ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-24-2012, 05:46 AM
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Views: 787
Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
I did a Bourbon Chocolate Porter called "Midnight...

I did a Bourbon Chocolate Porter called "Midnight Surprise," named after the fact that my drunken African American friend sleptwalked naked into the living room one night...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-24-2012, 05:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Batch size? 5g, 1g? Yeast strain?

Batch size? 5g, 1g? Yeast strain?
Forum: Mead Forum 02-23-2012, 05:18 PM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
There's obviously going to be some authenticity...

There's obviously going to be some authenticity loss in this project, but I wanted a pretty close approximation for the fun of it. My ancestors are Scottish, so it means something to me.

The Royal...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-23-2012, 03:37 PM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Yes, the ancient Celts used to make a mead from...

Yes, the ancient Celts used to make a mead from the whole hive. It is supposed to be superior to honey mead. Propolis, royal jelly, and pollen all contain large amounts of nutrients which are...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-23-2012, 04:31 AM
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Views: 3,378
Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Whole Hive Mead

Anyone done this? I'm doing a slight derivation on it this weekend. My beekeeper friend wouldn't let me boil all his bees, especially not his queen, so I came up with this:

20oz whole honeycomb...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-23-2012, 04:02 AM
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Posted By Blackbox_Brewing
Quick & dirty New Zealand Pale

So it was Sunday and I was bored, wanted to brew... But my car was in the shop :(

Looked around and saw I had 2oz Nelson Sauvin hops, a lb of DME, some table sugar, and some US-05 left...

1lb...
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