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Forum: Mead Forum 02-20-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 74
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Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Fyi – I hit my batch with some bentonite a couple...

Fyi – I hit my batch with some bentonite a couple months ago, and then just hit it with some SuperKleer-KC this morning (I need the carboy). It's looking pretty clear.

This ended up being a...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 01-03-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
To be fair, the NB directions for the Dawson's...

To be fair, the NB directions for the Dawson's Kriek (which are on their website) indicate a time frame of 4-7 months from brew day to bottle. While a little on the quick side, this is much better...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 01-03-2012, 04:36 AM
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Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
No. The kits I'm refering to are from...

No. The kits I'm refering to are from AnnapolisHomebrew.

I've seen the Dawson's Kriek kit at NB, and I'll probably try that soon (as well as their Grand Cru). The NB website has MUCH more...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 12-10-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Thanks for the replies guys. As for the...

Thanks for the replies guys.

As for the fruit – these kits each contain 2 cans of puree that are supposed to be added to the primary a couple days apart near the end of primary fermentation (I.E....
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 12-10-2011, 03:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
How should I proceed? (kit question)

I'm a moderately experienced homebrewer and have decided to try to make a couple of lambics.

I just bought a couple of lambic kits, but the brewing instructions that came with them are just the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-07-2011, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Is there a reason that a neutral Ale yeast...

Is there a reason that a neutral Ale yeast wouldn't be suitable for this?
Forum: Mead Forum 12-07-2011, 02:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,119
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Mead types

OP - the Wikipedia page has a decent list.

Mead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead)
Forum: Mead Forum 12-01-2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 918
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
step feeding

What is the best method to “step-feed” yeast?

I'm working on a new recipe – a sweet, high alcohol, chocolate / habanero mead, and I'm looking to get the most out of my EC-1118 yeast.

Is it...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-30-2011, 08:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,920
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Sorry – sometimes I take too much for granted. ...

Sorry – sometimes I take too much for granted. The solution (wine) is showing the results of electrostatic attraction, which is causing large clumps in the wine which are settling out. A pectin...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-30-2011, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,920
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
I hit it with both at the same time... but it is...

I hit it with both at the same time... but it is very obvious that it's the “speedy bentonite” that's done all the work.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-30-2011, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,920
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
In case anyone comes across this thread... ...

In case anyone comes across this thread...

Putting my peach wine in a tub of ice and getting it to the low 40's for a week did almost nothing. There was some sediment, but I think that was...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-15-2011, 02:22 PM
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Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Screw caps for 1.75L bottles???

Does anyone know if these caps:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?products_id=1347

will fit 1.75L Quervo Gold bottles?

I've accumulated quite a lot of these bottles and plan to...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-14-2011, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,920
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Unfortunately, the weather here is mid-70's in...

Unfortunately, the weather here is mid-70's in the daytime and mid-50's at night. I don't have any way to artificially cool down a 6gal carboy.

What I'll probably do is let it sit for another...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-14-2011, 07:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,920
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Peach wine won't clear...

My peach wine won't clear....

Recipe:

6gal batch

4.5gal Welch's white grape peach juice (SG = 1.057)
5x 12oz white grape juice concentrate
9cups cane sugar
1tsp energizer
Forum: Cider Forum 10-20-2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,748
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
I've had some of the same questions... and gotten...

I've had some of the same questions... and gotten some good answers from the folks here.

Basically -

1. The chemical reactions that occur during wine aging are not completely documented. (I'm...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-26-2011, 04:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,972
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
The explanation I have heard, and it may be...

The explanation I have heard, and it may be completely wrong, is that simple equations that are valid for beer are good estimates for the OG ranges of beer (1.040 – 1.070). Supposedly, these simple...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-26-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,972
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
I've seen several conflicting equations, but my...

I've seen several conflicting equations, but my limited experience is that the “alternate” equation is the most consistent with what I've seen. The “potential alcohol” chart that came with my...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-26-2011, 04:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,972
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
I use the calculator on this site: ...

I use the calculator on this site:

http://www.brewersfriend.com/abv-calculator/

Make sure you check the button for the "Alternate" equation as it gives more accurate results, particularly at...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-22-2011, 11:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 308
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
You'll get more authoritative responses from...

You'll get more authoritative responses from other members, but my opinion is that you can't reliably get any level of carbonation in a regular wine bottle. The bottle itself might be able to...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-17-2011, 12:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,223
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/technical-question...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/technical-question-about-fusel-alcohols-268689/
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-16-2011, 11:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,223
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
I've just been having a discussion about a...

I've just been having a discussion about a related topic over on the mead forum.

One of the ways that wine can get better with age is that some of the alcohol harshness fades. It turns out that...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-15-2011, 08:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,788
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Thanks Medsen. That makes more sense, because I...

Thanks Medsen. That makes more sense, because I couldn't figure out how C-C bonds would be broken during the relatively quiet conditions of aging. Alcohol → Ester transformation is much easier...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-15-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,788
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Well, the flavor of butanol is the flavor of...

Well, the flavor of butanol is the flavor of butanol. It doesn't “change” or “smooth” over time. I understand that the change in flavor of beverages during aging is the result of many (not...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-14-2011, 05:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,788
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Technical question about fusel alcohols...

I know that the chemical processes that take place during “aging” aren't completely understood, but has anyone ever done the simple experiment of determining the concentration of propanol, butanol,...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-07-2011, 11:55 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,314
Posted By OneCerebralSamurai
Not I.

Not I.
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