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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-11-2009, 08:26 PM
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Mine was delivered yesterday. I have the collar...

Mine was delivered yesterday. I have the collar built and stained. Planning on three taps right now. :)
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 01-08-2007, 11:27 AM
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Views: 836
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Well, I have seen this post lingering unanswered...

Well, I have seen this post lingering unanswered so I decided to open a couple of bottles my Dad gave me for New Years. The first bottle was their Apple Cyser. I was very suprised. It is almost a...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-06-2006, 01:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,321
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Definitely break the cap with a sanitized punch. ...

Definitely break the cap with a sanitized punch. I open ferment for the first couple of days (until 1/3 sugar break) and then airlock. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-05-2006, 06:53 PM
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Hey Cheesefood, I will try and answer your...

Hey Cheesefood,

I will try and answer your questions and keep this as short as possible. First off, great choice on honey (my favorite).

If you want a semi-sweet mel you should aim for four...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-18-2006, 03:17 PM
Replies: 9
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My favorites in order: Blackberry Orange...

My favorites in order:

Blackberry
Orange Blossom
Tupelo (very nice, very pricey)
Buckwheat (mix it with another varietal)
Clover
Wildflower

Both Blackberry and Orangeblossom are great for...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-17-2006, 11:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 971
Posted By missing
As long as you don't want bubbles you can...

As long as you don't want bubbles you can campden/sorbate it and then give it a honey/water mixture to backsweeten. You might be suprised how well this works. Like anything else, I would take a...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-15-2006, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,899
Posted By missing
The reason that your cider hasn't cleared is...

The reason that your cider hasn't cleared is partially because of the wheat malt. The other part is that you boiled some of the cider thus setting the pectin. This pectin haze will not go away...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-09-2006, 12:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 686
Posted By missing
Apple Cider is fine. In the US apple juice and...

Apple Cider is fine. In the US apple juice and cider are the same thing. In Europe Cider refers to what we call "hard cider" (i.e. the stuff we are making). But, a long answer to a short question,...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-30-2006, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 599
Posted By missing
First off, congratulations, you are making mead...

First off, congratulations, you are making mead (and yes, if you add fruit it is a melomel). Unless you like really dry wines you made a good choice getting the extra honey. Without knowing the...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-17-2006, 05:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,490
Posted By missing
Ok, I took a look at the recipe and while I...

Ok, I took a look at the recipe and while I wouldn't say I disagree with everything in the recipe, there is a lot that is not nescessary. First off, dump the molases (especially in primary, I find...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-13-2006, 11:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 970
Posted By missing
I think adding your juice to secondary will give...

I think adding your juice to secondary will give you more of the flavor you are looking for. I tried fermenting some POM mixed 50/50 with apple. The only thing left from the POM that I could taste...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-15-2006, 06:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 21,937
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If you make the quick recipe then you can...

If you make the quick recipe then you can definitely get by without nutrient. It was intended to be simple. Otherwise I would add a little yeast nutrient. Will it work without it . . . yes. Would...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-15-2006, 12:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 21,937
Posted By missing
I have made the recipe above. In two months...

I have made the recipe above. In two months (give or take a week or two) you have a very drinkable mead. Not a great one but a decent one. However, I would cut the honey back some. It comes out...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-14-2006, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By missing
You can sweeten with lactose (I would dissolve it...

You can sweeten with lactose (I would dissolve it first in some boiling water) or add splenda (shudder) for sweetness. Another option would be Stevia (found at your local health food store) in...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-22-2006, 03:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,164
Posted By missing
Another place to find lactose is at your local...

Another place to find lactose is at your local whole foods (or other health foods store). I would also recommend dissolving it in a little boiling water (or warmed AJ) to help incorporate. It can...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-19-2006, 03:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,225
Posted By missing
I tend to use a mixture of DAP and Fermaid-K...

I tend to use a mixture of DAP and Fermaid-K (which is a nutrient mix). I definitely use them in my mead and I have started rehydrating with GO-Ferm as well. Does it make a difference? I seem to...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-17-2006, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 901
Posted By missing
I was about to chime in with the "yeah, mine...

I was about to chime in with the "yeah, mine smells like that sometimes" encouragement until I read the last word "vinegary". Nothing spells doom for cider like acetobacter (i.e. the stuff that...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-15-2006, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,320
Posted By missing
Yep. If history were to repeat itself that would...

Yep. If history were to repeat itself that would be true. As for what I have read, most cider was traditionally still as it was made in the fall and consumed in the spring. However, there are...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-14-2006, 06:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,320
Posted By missing
Odin is right. The BATF considers freezing a...

Odin is right. The BATF considers freezing a form of fractal distallation (i.e. the same as if you distilled it). There is an exception in that you are allowed to reduce it (i.e. freeze) as long as...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-19-2006, 11:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,467
Posted By missing
Sure, Mead is actually pretty straight...

Sure,

Mead is actually pretty straight forward. Here is a simplre recipe and some simple directions. The only thing you have to decide is if you want it sweet, semi-sweet or dry.

Raspberry...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-18-2006, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,180
Posted By missing
Sparkiloid works very well with mead. In fact,...

Sparkiloid works very well with mead. In fact, it is the only one I have used (with no noticable change in product). I would recommend getting the hot mix variety (you have to mix it with boiling...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-28-2006, 02:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 775
Posted By missing
Hey, Sorry it took a while to get back to...

Hey,

Sorry it took a while to get back to you. The easiest (and most useful tool) for calculating potential OG's etc. is to go to gotmead.com and under tools there is a mead calculator. Take a...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-27-2006, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 775
Posted By missing
Um . . . maybe. How is that for a noncomittal...

Um . . . maybe. How is that for a noncomittal answer?

5 gallons of honey is rougly 60 pounds which would work out to an OG of 1.147 and a potential of about 20% ABV for 15 gallons. This is...
Forum: General Techniques 06-23-2006, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,370
Posted By missing
Just a little information that falls under the...

Just a little information that falls under the catagory of no one really cares but here goes.

Most of the airlines actually have a rule that you cannot bring any alcohol (even for transport...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-17-2006, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,674
Posted By missing
That looks great! You are well on your way to a...

That looks great! You are well on your way to a great cider. As you guessed the sulphury smell is nothing to worry about. It should disappear in less than a week. Congrats . . . and now be...
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