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Forum: Mead Forum 11-22-2008, 08:06 AM
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Posted By Driftless
My Very First Contamination Question (2 part ?)

So I brew with 2 tenants in mind:

1) Mead is honey, honey is a natural growth inhibitor
2) People were doing this sh*t thousands of years before star-san

So far so good - never had a problem....
Forum: Mead Forum 11-13-2008, 01:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
Okay - I am curious about the coffee concept. ...

Okay - I am curious about the coffee concept. Since I am still not convinced that french-roast and mead belong together...

But if cold steeping is all the rage for brewing purposes, why not just...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-09-2008, 03:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
Hmmm... creative - but risky... And I see two...

Hmmm... creative - but risky... And I see two holes in the theory: 1) Leftover coffee??? Who are we kidding? and 2) As you pointed out - you start seriously altering your ratios... lots more...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-27-2008, 01:13 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 104,441
Posted By Driftless
Fair enough. I'm just used to working with Open...

Fair enough. I'm just used to working with Open Source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source), and Creative Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons) (also here...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-27-2008, 01:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
China. No - seriously, China. Although it...

China.

No - seriously, China. Although it does have its setbacks when it comes to brewing, there are also a lot of interesting possibilities... Fruits I had never heard of (and whose English...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-26-2008, 07:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 104,441
Posted By Driftless
That explains the error it gave me when I tried...

That explains the error it gave me when I tried to save it... still seems to work though. Anyone using office 2007 should change the default save to 2003 (instead of the pre-set .xlsx format) if...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-26-2008, 07:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
Nope- actually I'm in Yunnan... A little farther...

Nope- actually I'm in Yunnan... A little farther away from any ports, but a lot closer to coffee central.

There is a yunnan coffee brand here, but they haven't quite figured out how to do a dark...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-25-2008, 04:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
Coffee Mead Pt. 2

EUREEEEEKA!

It just hit me: Coffee Mead!

Right - I know that's what we have been talking about - but screw brewing... hell screw roasting, I'm going straight for the coffee cherries!



-...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-25-2008, 04:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
Ahhh. But I like that harsh bitterness ;) . At...

Ahhh. But I like that harsh bitterness ;) . At 6am it really cuts through the fog. Though maybe not a good idea in my mead.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-25-2008, 04:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 800
Posted By Driftless
Have you tried this before with success? Sounds...

Have you tried this before with success? Sounds great.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-25-2008, 04:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
Seriously though - whats all the fuss about cold...

Seriously though - whats all the fuss about cold steeping? Why not brew up a pot of good ole' Mr. Coffee (or Kāfēi Xiānsheng if you prefer) and dump it in the must?
Forum: Mead Forum 10-25-2008, 04:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,119
Posted By Driftless
Damn... anyone know a good way to test the...

Damn... anyone know a good way to test the moisture content?

Not that it matters tooo much, but after I've had a few, I either don't give a sh*t or I turn into a formula geek and try to hash it...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2008, 06:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
ChshreCat is correct: the variety would be where...

ChshreCat is correct: the variety would be where its grown (Fujian Coffee)

I think in Fujian, you would have trouble with arabica (too far north?) but robusta might work... Both are thriving here,...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2008, 03:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,119
Posted By Driftless
True... However, the point I think I am...

True...

However, the point I think I am making (if there is a point here) is the inconsistency in reporting... Which probably is just "one of those things."

For example, in reporting a 3...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2008, 01:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
BS777: Where are you finding coffee in China? ...

BS777: Where are you finding coffee in China? Four things Chinese seem to neglect:

Beer
Coffee
Bread
Cheese

Which also happens to be four of my favorites... Been able to make the first...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2008, 01:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,289
Posted By Driftless
Details man... Details! I am curious about...

Details man... Details!

I am curious about this... How much coffee? How much water? How long did you cold-brew? (And why not just regular brew?)

Cheers!
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2008, 01:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 104,441
Posted By Driftless
Eureeka! I've struck gold! Thanks for this...

Eureeka! I've struck gold!

Thanks for this treasure trove.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2008, 01:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,119
Posted By Driftless
Ratios: Gross or Net

This does bring up a point I've been muddling around---an issue with recipes:

I've pieced together the idea that the ratio of honey to water can vary between 1lbs per "gallon" to 5lbs per "gallon"...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-06-2008, 08:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,230
Posted By Driftless
Improvised Hydrometer

I'm down in deep south Yunnan - and there is lots of Baijiu to be had here - so no shortage of fermentation options... well, that is if you like baijiu...

I abandoned the idea of beer right off,...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-04-2008, 12:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,230
Posted By Driftless
Howdy Stone - welcome to the Red Giant... I...

Howdy Stone - welcome to the Red Giant...

I too am jumping the hurdles of brewing in China - in fact just came on here to check a quick recipe before getting my brew on tonight. What part of...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-11-2008, 08:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,283
Posted By Driftless
Anyone have a rundown of common yeast strains...

Anyone have a rundown of common yeast strains with % ABV and "real-world" results (over-under, etc...), as well as other characteristics for mead, beer, wine, etc, all served up in a handy-to-use...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-11-2008, 08:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,718
Posted By Driftless
Would you mind describing, precisely, how you...

Would you mind describing, precisely, how you harvested wild yeast from these for mead? What were the results? What was their %alcohol tolerance (if you know...)

I am starting up a few...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-09-2008, 06:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,036
Posted By Driftless
I did find it - but you would be surprised how...

I did find it - but you would be surprised how often the above assumption lets me down ;) Its amazing how many things are made in China that you can not find here... lots of knock-offs of things......
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-09-2008, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,036
Posted By Driftless
Thanks for the reply(s) and links - some good...

Thanks for the reply(s) and links - some good info out there.

I scored some glycerine (甘油 in Chinese, apparently) that had some cloudy floaters in it... but should work. However, freezer space is...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-06-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,036
Posted By Driftless
Maintaining a Yeast Starter (Like Sourdough) With and Without Freezing

Long title, I know - but wanted to get the concept out early.

I live in the ends-of-the earth third-world where "western" foodstuffs are hard to come by (my kingdom for some cheese!) However, I do...
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