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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-31-2012, 03:04 AM
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Posted By swarfrat
Thanks for the suggestion - tried it and liked...

Thanks for the suggestion - tried it and liked it. Perhaps even better than Red Oak, but it's been a while since i had one.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-30-2011, 04:54 PM
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Posted By swarfrat
I'm not really a beer fan (joined while trying to...

I'm not really a beer fan (joined while trying to make cider), but Red Oak is about the only beer I've ever tried that I really liked. I'm just a stones throw away now, and even a couple towns over...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-27-2009, 01:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,639
Posted By swarfrat
Never made it myself, but maaaaan I love...

Never made it myself, but maaaaan I love Blackberry wine. Stuff is dangerous, sweet, blackberry and almost no alcohol bite to the stuff I tried. (Duplin - it's 100% blackberry, not blackberry...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-20-2009, 01:00 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By swarfrat
Saw another thread mention elevated fermentation...

Saw another thread mention elevated fermentation temps were connected with esthers & fruity flavor (in beer, not desirable). What about fermenting cider warm? Any experience with that?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-16-2009, 11:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,082
Posted By swarfrat
I live in a farming community. That looks too...

I live in a farming community. That looks too much like real work for a hobby.
Forum: Introductions 08-16-2009, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By swarfrat
Yeah - the distribution of alcohol when I was in...

Yeah - the distribution of alcohol when I was in Sweden surprised me - for a country that's fairly liberal about alcohol, it sure was hard to find any. Here in NC you can buy beer & wine at the...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-15-2009, 02:53 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By swarfrat
Sparge? whats this? I'm not set up for making...

Sparge? whats this? I'm not set up for making beer. Graff will have to wait until I can spend money on equipment I guess.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-14-2009, 01:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,055
Posted By swarfrat
Cider First taste.... not bad (white wine flavor)

Ok - tomorrow is another trip to the homebrew store for an autosiphon. Tried to be delicate but just made a mess. If it doesn't get infected it will be because of the yeasts and not from my fault....
Forum: Cider Forum 08-13-2009, 09:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,230
Posted By swarfrat
Does it need to be in a pentagram or will a...

Does it need to be in a pentagram or will a circle do?
Forum: Cider Forum 08-13-2009, 11:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,230
Posted By swarfrat
The chalk line sounds almost like vodoo, but it...

The chalk line sounds almost like vodoo, but it does make sense. The bring back baits work wonders too. Kills the whole colony.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-12-2009, 07:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,230
Posted By swarfrat
Hurrah! Hurrah!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
Forum: Cider Forum 08-12-2009, 06:18 PM
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Posted By swarfrat
I didn't take an inital reading, and it's a small...

I didn't take an inital reading, and it's a small batch (3/4 gallon) so I've been trying not to mess with it too much now that I do have a hydrometer.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-12-2009, 12:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By swarfrat
Can 1118 get stuck?

My first batch of Juice (no preservatives), brown sugar, and 1118 has shown no activity for 3-4 days now. It's settling out, and it's only been 1.5 weeks. I know 1118 is a quick fermenter, and its...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2009, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By swarfrat
I ran into a similar problem stemming from...

I ran into a similar problem stemming from utternoobness. The hydrometer is quite long. Do I need to decant a sample into a graduated cylinder (need to get one) or just put the hydro in the jug?...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-06-2009, 01:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 990
Posted By swarfrat
Nother noob here, doing cider not beer. But... ...

Nother noob here, doing cider not beer. But...

What about trying to tell if its done? I didn't discover HBT or buy a hydro until after the weebeasties started partying.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-03-2009, 11:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,576
Posted By swarfrat
I guess I was more asking than saying. I was just...

I guess I was more asking than saying. I was just afraid of getting an apple flavored beer rather than cider.
Forum: Introductions 08-02-2009, 02:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 222
Posted By swarfrat
Mead sounds interesting, I'd like to sample some...

Mead sounds interesting, I'd like to sample some first, but just don't know where to get anything commercial. Anyways...

I'm out of Greensboro, Computer Programmer currently OOW, so who knows...
Forum: Introductions 08-01-2009, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 222
Posted By swarfrat
Hey yall from NC

Just found the site through google. Suddenly got the bug for trying to brew cider at home. Not a beer drinker at all (yuck). Totally unwashed uncultured southern apalachain palate, drink sweet red...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-01-2009, 12:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,576
Posted By swarfrat
New guy here.. Graff sounds appealing, of course...

New guy here.. Graff sounds appealing, of course I found it after my first batch of juice/sugar/champagne yeast first started bubbling last night. But... I don't like beer. I've tried. Just do not...
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