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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-03-2013, 07:17 PM
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So I finished several Brew Demon kits in my LBK....

So I finished several Brew Demon kits in my LBK. Some notes:

I did a Dante's Delight Wisenbier with the Pale unhopped can (instead of the Golden they recommend). I REALLY like it. Good balance and...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-03-2013, 10:50 PM
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I have done a cyser with Montrachet before with...

I have done a cyser with Montrachet before with good results. I like Montrachet because it compacts well and the flavors work well for cyser (though I find them incredibly mild). Premier Cuvee is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-29-2013, 11:27 PM
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I got my seasonal refill in the mail today, the...

I got my seasonal refill in the mail today, the Summer 2013 White IPA. It's HUGE! 3.75 pounds of HME. Very excited to brew this up once my 3 LBKs are empty again. Currently they're all fermenting.
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Forum: Mead Forum 04-09-2013, 12:52 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
Wow. Okay, my goal is to do this sometime this...

Wow. Okay, my goal is to do this sometime this summer. Sounds and looks amazing!
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-08-2013, 11:57 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By devianttouch
Okay, this one got me laughing for quite awhile! ...

Okay, this one got me laughing for quite awhile!

I've had some strong smelling brews before. I keep my brewing in the spare bathroom, all in the cabinet under the sink. 1 gallon batches and my Mr...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-08-2013, 11:37 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
I have racked JAOM before. I know the original...

I have racked JAOM before. I know the original instructions say not to - but that seems to be the only way I can get it to clear.
Forum: Mead Forum 04-08-2013, 11:34 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
I have a decent number (not tons and tons) of...

I have a decent number (not tons and tons) of facebook friends, so I just got on facebook and said that I needed bottles. I said I'd pick up cork (not screw off) wine bottles and pry-off (not twist...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-08-2013, 05:49 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
Yep, Rossi jugs work well. I have 5 of them, use...

Yep, Rossi jugs work well. I have 5 of them, use them all the time!

I didn't like the cider I made with the 365 brand juice (too bitter for me), but I've used the jug many times since then, so it...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-07-2013, 02:11 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
Nothing wrong with doing 1 gallon batches - I do,...

Nothing wrong with doing 1 gallon batches - I do, and I don't regret it one bit. People will sometimes be dismissive of you about it, but don't worry about it. There ARE advantages to small batches...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-06-2013, 10:48 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
Yes, that makes perfect sense - one hop variety...

Yes, that makes perfect sense - one hop variety at a time. I guess the question is mostly in deciding which varieties to choose to experiment with. I have Palmer's "How To Brew" so maybe I'll look...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-06-2013, 08:42 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
I. Read. The. Whole. Thing. It took several...

I. Read. The. Whole. Thing.

It took several weeks, but I did it! 485 pages! Worth it - I learned a ton of information about brewing in general, getting the most out of my Mr. Beer kits, using both...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-05-2013, 10:06 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
Pitching the whole packet works great for me. ...

Pitching the whole packet works great for me. The higher cell count numbers seem to get things going pretty quick and easy.
Forum: Cider Forum 04-05-2013, 05:32 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
I prefer to sweeten with apple juice concentrate,...

I prefer to sweeten with apple juice concentrate, but it's really up to you. Dextrose will work fine. It's a personal taste issue I think.

If you want sweet and carbonated you will need to either...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-26-2013, 05:22 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
Slow fermentation is common with meads, but there...

Slow fermentation is common with meads, but there is one thing that stands out for me here. Neither honey nor lemonade have many nutrients in them, so it may be that lack of nutrients is the problem...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-22-2013, 02:23 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
Learn something new every day - Thanks guys!

Learn something new every day - Thanks guys!
Forum: Cider Forum 03-21-2013, 05:15 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
My first batch of Apfelwien had TERRIBLE rhino...

My first batch of Apfelwien had TERRIBLE rhino farts, but I like the taste a lot so on my second round I used a bit of Fermax (1 tsp to 2.5 gallons) and a cooler temperature (first batch was at 70,...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-21-2013, 05:02 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
I've done JAOM at 70 degrees before and it was...

I've done JAOM at 70 degrees before and it was great. I've got one brewing now (2.5 gallon batch) at 58-60 in my basement and it's definitely fermenting just fine. It might take a little longer but...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-17-2013, 10:25 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
YIKES! Okay folks, I have enough now. Thank you...

YIKES! Okay folks, I have enough now. Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of the help. I will be sending out interview questions in the next day or two.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-17-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By devianttouch
Can I interview you? Looking for volunteers.

Hi! I'm a college student doing a paper for a class about the community of Homebrew Talk. Don't worry, I'm well over 21. I need to interview a few members of this community for the paper. The...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-08-2013, 09:47 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
One thing to be aware of about this: since what...

One thing to be aware of about this: since what you have just made is more like a cyser (apple mead) than an apfelwein (apple mead) it may take longer to ferment and it WILL require more ageing....
Forum: Mead Forum 03-05-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By devianttouch
What is the current specific gravity? The only...

What is the current specific gravity? The only way to know if fermentation has started is to take a gravity reading. Do not base it on airlock activity.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-04-2013, 06:03 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
First JAOM just bottled tonight. The bottles...

First JAOM just bottled tonight. The bottles aren't clear, so they're not very interesting, but this was my tasting glass. The mead is clearer than this photo looks - my small glasses aren't great...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-03-2013, 12:18 AM
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Posted By devianttouch
I like this idea - thank you!

I like this idea - thank you!
Forum: Mead Forum 02-20-2013, 08:38 PM
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Posted By devianttouch
You can put mead into a whole range of bottles,...

You can put mead into a whole range of bottles, so you have a lot of options. It depends a lot on how you intend to drink it, and what kind of equipment you have.

I personally prefer to use basic...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-20-2013, 08:19 PM
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Views: 1,152
Posted By devianttouch
You've only had it going for a few days. You need...

You've only had it going for a few days. You need to give it a lot more time. Winemaking is not for the impatient! Give it at least several more weeks before even thinking about it being cloudy. ...
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