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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-26-2014, 08:18 PM
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Posted By sielm
I would try to make a beverage from some fruit...

I would try to make a beverage from some fruit juice. From apple juice you can make cider, from other fruit you can make the equivalent alcoholic beverage. If you really want something resembling a...
Forum: Mead 08-15-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 94,453
Posted By sielm
Well, after some troubled weeks I finally bottled...

Well, after some troubled weeks I finally bottled my version (used D-47 yeast instead) today. It's been in the fermentor for 5 months and a half, and it did NOT clear completely. It is in fact pretty...
Forum: Mead 07-28-2013, 12:20 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 94,453
Posted By sielm
I'll be bottling this tomorrow. It's been on the...

I'll be bottling this tomorrow. It's been on the primary fermentor for about 4 months and a half and it's probably completely done. I will use 0.5 liter brown swing top bottles to store and age the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-18-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Well, the bottles have withstand the FG with no...

Well, the bottles have withstand the FG with no problems, and after popping one open and sharing it with friends I have to say this is a really tasteful beer, with a good body and flavour, and not...
Forum: Mead 04-18-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 94,453
Posted By sielm
I only take 1 reading in the beginning and then...

I only take 1 reading in the beginning and then try to minimize further sampling. Normally I would take only 2 more readings, one to check for FG and another 2 or 3 days afterwards to check if the FG...
Forum: Mead 04-17-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 94,453
Posted By sielm
Personally I either drink or discard the sample....

Personally I either drink or discard the sample. Even with sanitation procedures it's another possible way of contaminating the whole batch and in my opinion it's not worth it. I don't really like to...
Forum: Mead 04-15-2013, 02:57 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 94,453
Posted By sielm
Well, sorted it out. The rubber stopper did get a...

Well, sorted it out. The rubber stopper did get a bit loose (from the pressure, I assume) so the airlock was not totally hermetic. I fixed it and the actual activity is plenty. It's bubbling like...
Forum: Mead 04-14-2013, 02:06 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 94,453
Posted By sielm
Well, my 5 liter batch did bubble for 3 days...

Well, my 5 liter batch did bubble for 3 days before stopping almost completely. Right now there is no visible bubbling whatsoever. The fermentor is still well closed (the liquid in the airlock would...
Forum: Mead 04-12-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 94,453
Posted By sielm
Made a 5 liter batch of this yesterday, using...

Made a 5 liter batch of this yesterday, using D-47 too. BTW I also did what Yaksha did, I left the spices in the fermentation vessel (cinnamon and cloves) instead of straining them out. I used 1.5 kg...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-07-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Well I finally bottled the brew with a FG of...

Well I finally bottled the brew with a FG of 1.020. After 5 days of sampling the FG would not get any lower so I decided to go on and bottle. I used a small amount of sugar for priming and, at least...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-03-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Hi all! After 2 weeks and a couple of days, I...

Hi all! After 2 weeks and a couple of days, I took a sample and checked gravity. It was somewhere between 1.020 and 1.022 (the beer is so cloudy being a wheat that it is almost impossible to say more...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-17-2013, 09:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Well, I finally brewed this yesterday. These last...

Well, I finally brewed this yesterday. These last weeks have been a bit busy with a new job and schedule (yay!).

I did the following:

First I made a starter for the yeast. I used a 1.5 liter...
Forum: Mead 02-28-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 1,980
Views: 575,619
Posted By sielm
I don't really know anything about autolysis, but...

I don't really know anything about autolysis, but I also had several 5 liter mead batches going for more than 1 year (on primary) and then bottled them with great results. Maybe mead is more tolerant...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-21-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By sielm
Could not wait longer... I had to sample it...

Could not wait longer... I had to sample it already! I sampled a bottle (5 days into aging since bottled). The aroma is somewhat lacking, it smells great but weakly. The color is amber, and it is...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-18-2013, 01:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By sielm
Well, yesterday after 14 days fermenting the FG...

Well, yesterday after 14 days fermenting the FG was 1.014 (did not change for 3 days) so I decided to bottle this up. I used table sugar (sucrose) for priming because I have no way to get dextrose. I...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-16-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Mmmm seeing as the kit is originally designed for...

Mmmm seeing as the kit is originally designed for 15 liters (just about 4 gallons), I decided to go for it right now. I have enough bottles ATM (glass swing tops and pet bottles) so I will be brewing...
Forum: Mead 02-13-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 1,980
Views: 575,619
Posted By sielm
I made batches on 2 liter PET bottles which ended...

I made batches on 2 liter PET bottles which ended OK. I did not even boil every time. And I used poked ballons too :D

But I have to admit that some batches tasted bad in the end, so to be on the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-10-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Yes, that's probably what I'll finally do. Not...

Yes, that's probably what I'll finally do. Not sure about which hops and hop schedule though. I have some Hallertau (3.5%AA), Tettnang (4.9%AA) and Magnum (14.9%AA). The Magnum is much stronger, so...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-09-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Thanks for your input duboman! That's the...

Thanks for your input duboman!

That's the point of my question. I can make the kit straight as it is, or use the ingredients I have available to "tweak" it a little. But I have a very limited...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-09-2013, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By sielm
Wheat Beer advice (using Brewferm Tarwebier kit)

Hi all, I recently adquired a new fermenting bucket with tap and lock, which will allow for brewing bigger batches. Until now I just made small mead and beer batches (around 2.5 gal). Now I will be...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-07-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By sielm
Today is the 5th day fermenting. The airlocks are...

Today is the 5th day fermenting. The airlocks are still bubbling but much more slowly. There is a 1inch thick layer of yeast in the bottom on each container. One thing I've discovered is that these...
Forum: Mead 02-06-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 1,980
Views: 575,619
Posted By sielm
I made some JAOM and variants back in 2011. Some...

I made some JAOM and variants back in 2011. Some were in 3 liter plastic bottles with EVERYTHING still there...after racking and bottling one year and a half later, almost every batch is pleasantly...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-05-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By sielm
Today the airlock activity level has slowed down...

Today the airlock activity level has slowed down noticeably. I had to change both airlocks again because some krausen got into them. Replaced them quickly with freshly sanitized airlocks filled with...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-04-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By sielm
After 24 hours the bubbling is constant. Some...

After 24 hours the bubbling is constant. Some krausen entered into the airlocks and knocked the airlock caps off. Both containers are fermenting strongly. I had to remove the airlocks to clean them,...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-03-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By sielm
Unfortunately I did not take any pics of the...

Unfortunately I did not take any pics of the brewing process. I took this pic from the locker the bottles are into, it's been 5 or 6 hours since pitching the yeast and the airlock already has a...
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