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Forum: Soda 03-19-2014, 02:16 PM
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Posted By markowe
Oo, this process is very similar to what I do -...

Oo, this process is very similar to what I do - maybe this is one of the sites I followed: http://grist.org/food/ginger-beer-recipe/

Except they don't add lemon, which I would advise...
Forum: Soda 03-18-2014, 09:05 PM
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Posted By markowe
Ah, well this is the question really, it kind of...

Ah, well this is the question really, it kind of depends what is actually in there producing the CO2. Assuming it's some kind of wild yeast then yes, technically there would be a small amount of...
Forum: Soda 03-18-2014, 08:39 PM
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Posted By markowe
Spontaneously fermented (non-alcoholic) ginger beer (no yeast added!)

People talk in hushed tones of the so-called "ginger beer plant" which used to get passed down from generation to generation, and around the neighbourhood, and was basically a continually...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-18-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By markowe
I am intrigued as to the results, I hope you are...

I am intrigued as to the results, I hope you are taking gravity measurements. I've got to say I am sceptical based on my admittedly limited experiments, which gave very poor attenuation and a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-05-2014, 10:27 AM
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Posted By markowe
Also sorry if this has come up before, but with...

Also sorry if this has come up before, but with this method, isn't it a tad tricky pouring 3 or 4 gallons of wort from one pot into another? Is there any trick here or is it just a case of drafting...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-06-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By markowe
Ah, gotcha now. Never really had that situation...

Ah, gotcha now. Never really had that situation before so wasn't sure what to expect. My guy says he can't guarantee there'll be enough yeast for carbing, so will just have to split the batch and try...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-06-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,854
Posted By markowe
I would also be interested to hear how it turns...

I would also be interested to hear how it turns out. My first brewing experiment involved bread yeast (I think I used the fresh stuff, not instant) and I just don't think it attenuated very well - it...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-05-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 804
Posted By markowe
Oh, really, didn't really realise that. I mean I...

Oh, really, didn't really realise that. I mean I figured any old yeast would probably do as it's there just to carbonate, but thought I would need to sort of revive the whole batch first with a...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-05-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By markowe
I had a similar question in another thread but...

I had a similar question in another thread but didn't get any response - I have also cold-crashed and racked, and then tried reviving a small sample (with apple juice and sugar) to see if there is...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-05-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By markowe
This hobby is all about experimenting - as long...

This hobby is all about experimenting - as long as you have grasped the most BASIC principles (sugar, yeast, sanitation) there is no reason not to just get a few pints of any juice you fancy and add...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-04-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By markowe
Hi. How do you mean "any" fruit? You mean any...

Hi. How do you mean "any" fruit? You mean any apple, or any fruit (like lemon, banana, apricot..?) Traditional cider is made from pressed apples, that's all there really is to it - use of any...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-04-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,424
Posted By markowe
I just want to update on this - I FINALLY got...

I just want to update on this - I FINALLY got vinegar, thanks to some fruit flies that I think got in the must.

And to be honest, the results are a little... meh... There isn't really a hugely...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-04-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 172
Posted By markowe
How do I restart a "finished" fermentation for bottling/carbonation?

I got some raw, dry cider from my local friendly cider microbrewer - he makes much more commercial stuff, but let me have some of the raw stuff to bottle myself.

He's already fermented it...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-19-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By markowe
THANKS! OK, so there was a bit of math(s),...

THANKS! OK, so there was a bit of math(s), especially due to my reckless use of metric units :). But that makes sense - I guess my main problem is I don't have an exact volume measurement, but I'll...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-18-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,424
Posted By markowe
Thanks for the reply - I never got back as I was...

Thanks for the reply - I never got back as I was waiting to see what happened. I tried everything - sloshing the wine around, leaving it open, covering it with cloth, I even poured a little bit of...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-18-2013, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By markowe
Working out ABV with multiple sugar additions

I really suck at this maths stuff (I normally just get ballpark figures using online calculators), so can someone help here?

Making this year's batch of ginger wine (about 20L). I used about half...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-02-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,424
Posted By markowe
Ginger vinegar?!

I am making some ginger wine using half mulched grapes/juice and the rest sugar, and the usual ginger wine ingredients (lemon juice/rind, bananas etc.)

I was thinking, ginger wine might make a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-02-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By markowe
I just did something very similar to you, bought...

I just did something very similar to you, bought some "late" white grapes and they were already fermenting when I got them - I personally added K-meta and left for a few days, it calmed down, and...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-18-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,459
Posted By markowe
Brilliant work :-). Thanks for keeping us...

Brilliant work :-). Thanks for keeping us updated. Would love to try some of these! This thread inspired me to seriously consider a chocolate chip cookie beer/wine - just got to find the time, and...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 11:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,460
Posted By markowe
Is plywood a good idea? There is the glue, and...

Is plywood a good idea? There is the glue, and various other treatments. Not sure you want that mingling with your apples..?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 09:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 953
Posted By markowe
Right, I have done that, just put it in a...

Right, I have done that, just put it in a food-grade plastic bottle. Suddenly not so bothered about sanitation, just sloshed it in..!

I suppose on the bright side, now I will have a load of real...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-30-2012, 08:52 PM
Replies: 322
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Posted By markowe
There you go, that could be the case - as I say,...

There you go, that could be the case - as I say, it was very hard to stabilise the temperature with such a small quantity, though I was more concerned about getting too LOW a temperature, so maybe I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-30-2012, 08:43 PM
Replies: 40
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Posted By markowe
Right, I also understand that you need to get the...

Right, I also understand that you need to get the grain as dry as possible at a low temperature before you ramp up a little, and only then to a max of 200 or so.

I can't be sure that I did...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 953
Posted By markowe
It's very possible, I had to improvise an airlock...

It's very possible, I had to improvise an airlock with some hose and a cork bung, but I tend to think that even if there was a minute leak, any pressure is enough to keep nasties out. Bit strange...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 02:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 953
Posted By markowe
Always a possibility it was sanitation, but if...

Always a possibility it was sanitation, but if the wild yeast batch survived going through the juicer, which is hard to sanitise at the best of times, then it's strange it would've picked something...
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