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Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2008, 09:23 PM
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Posted By ilikebeer
The bacteria could have been growing in the honey...

The bacteria could have been growing in the honey in the hive or in the containers the bee keeper collected the honey. The toxin could have already been produced before you mix it into the mead. ...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2008, 06:24 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By ilikebeer
Those are the recommendations, but real life...

Those are the recommendations, but real life isn't cut in dry, which is why I was speaking in terms of probability (although I did mention that boiling was the only sure way). Heating to 170 degrees...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2008, 05:03 PM
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Posted By ilikebeer
clostridium botulinum (bacteria) produce --->...

clostridium botulinum (bacteria) produce ---> spores and toxin
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The alcohol may retard the growth of the botulinum bacteria. The yeast growing in the mead may...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2008, 04:16 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By ilikebeer
It's kind of shaky. Classically, botulism is in...

It's kind of shaky. Classically, botulism is in honey. So when physicians and other health professionals are trained, this risk is some times exaggerated because better safe than sorry. Botulism...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2008, 03:01 PM
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Posted By ilikebeer
Just depends on how you perceive the risk of...

Just depends on how you perceive the risk of botulism. the risk is small, but botulism toxin is lethal. I believe you only need to heat to 170 degrees F (not quite boiling) for 15-20 mins to destory...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-24-2008, 05:11 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By ilikebeer
The guy at the local brew shop who said he did...

The guy at the local brew shop who said he did plenty of meads recommended against yeast energizer, so i didnt buy it. He said only to use it if the fermentation gets stuck. Is this sound advice or...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-24-2008, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By ilikebeer
cool. it is hard to be patient in the beginning....

cool. it is hard to be patient in the beginning. splitting sounds like a great idea!

i had an OG of 1.090: 12 lbs of honey and 6 lbs of cherry puree (5 gallon). I want a sweet mead and heard...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-24-2008, 05:55 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By ilikebeer
did it ever start? how long did it take?? i...

did it ever start? how long did it take?? i just started a batch of cherry mead yesterday morning, and seems to be slow to start compared to the batches of wine i have done (First mead)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-02-2007, 07:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,850
Posted By ilikebeer
do you use detergent or just run a rinse cycle?

do you use detergent or just run a rinse cycle?
Forum: Cider Forum 11-29-2007, 11:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 798
Posted By ilikebeer
thanks for the quick reply!:mug: ok, maybe...

thanks for the quick reply!:mug:

ok, maybe what they meant was to clean the outside if any spilled over i guess..
so anyway is it ok to leave a 4 or 5 inch headspace for a while? i guess that's...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-29-2007, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By ilikebeer
cleaning the top of primary fermentor

So I've read that I should clean the top of the fermentor (I'm using 1 gallon glass jugs) after the krausen falls and before I top up. What do I do that with? A bottle brush? Wouldn't that make...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-29-2007, 05:57 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By ilikebeer
this cider developed a pretty good thick krausen,...

this cider developed a pretty good thick krausen, and as far as I can tell seems to be doing fine. :) I guess I'll know for sure when the krausen falls if those spots are still there.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-25-2007, 12:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,368
Posted By ilikebeer
Is this mold?

So for my first try at cider, I'm brewing three small batches, in two of which I pitched yeast, and the third one I'm going natural.
This morning I noticed some white spots on top of the natural...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-08-2007, 02:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,993
Posted By ilikebeer
ale yeast for bubbly cider??

I've read that ale yeast doesn't have a very high alcohol tolerance and might not ferment the cider fully. Does this also mean that I can only make a still cider with ale yeast, since the yeast will...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-08-2007, 02:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,237
Posted By ilikebeer
bottles for carbonated cider

What kind of bottles are y'all using for bubbly cider? Will glass mineral water bottles with their screw-on caps work, or will they 'splode?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-19-2007, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,101
Posted By ilikebeer
Yeah that may work too. Probably not much...

Yeah that may work too. Probably not much stability but it still could work
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-19-2007, 04:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,101
Posted By ilikebeer
Mounting Beer Faucet to Wall

Yes, this question does not pertain to brewing beer or dispensing it :) but I am quite befuddled as to how I can mount around 10 beer faucets and tap handles to a wall for display purposes without...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-05-2006, 07:56 PM
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Posted By ilikebeer
what is the difference between using dextrose and...

what is the difference between using dextrose and table sugar? I've been using table sugar for the last few batches and find the batches very tasty. I am not sure where to get dextrose. Does it...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-16-2006, 12:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 14,275
Posted By ilikebeer
mine [purple welches] have turned a shade of...

mine [purple welches] have turned a shade of red/purple... not good with colors. Just picture it getting a little lighter and clearer.. that is the color it turns. As stated below, the color doesnt...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-05-2006, 03:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By ilikebeer
oh ok, as long as it doesn't effect the taste too...

oh ok, as long as it doesn't effect the taste too much. i did add some pectinase... hopefully that helps. i will definately filter.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-05-2006, 05:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By ilikebeer
i actually started this a few days ago before...

i actually started this a few days ago before reading this post. i chopped strawberries and raisens in blender. do u think this will be a major problem?
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-05-2006, 05:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 14,275
Posted By ilikebeer
i use a similar recipe and it works out great. i...

i use a similar recipe and it works out great. i have tried with grape, apple, banana-apple, cranberry-apple, and strawberry-apple.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-11-2006, 09:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,126
Posted By ilikebeer
could always use the liquid carmel flavoring that...

could always use the liquid carmel flavoring that they use in coffee.... if not, i would hate it up and dissolve it in a small amount of water.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-04-2006, 04:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 815
Posted By ilikebeer
general scheme

Just want to make sure I have the general scheme right:

Put fruit/juice in primary fermenter for about a week or until SG is 1.020-1.03 (not under airlock).

Then, siphon/filter to secondary...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-30-2006, 02:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,464
Posted By ilikebeer
the "cap" on top would be the floating pulp? i...

the "cap" on top would be the floating pulp? i seem to have some settlement on the bottom... should i be mixing this up until when i siphon the wine off from it?? thanks for the advice!
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