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Forum: Cider Forum 05-20-2014, 02:18 AM
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Posted By macachoin
Pink lady's (sweet) and Granny Smiths (Tart)...

Pink lady's (sweet) and Granny Smiths (Tart) might pair perfectly.


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Forum: Cider Forum 05-20-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By macachoin
PS avoid "mealy" apples like Red Delicious. You...

PS avoid "mealy" apples like Red Delicious. You want to try and find Winesaps or Sops of Wine to balance out a tart apple like Granny Smith.


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Forum: Cider Forum 05-20-2014, 01:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By macachoin
Look for heritage apples in your country. If you...

Look for heritage apples in your country. If you tell us what country, we may have a better idea of what apples you should look to find to use in your blend.


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Forum: Mead Forum 09-06-2013, 01:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 819
Posted By macachoin
I love Siberian Honeyberries but this year I had...

I love Siberian Honeyberries but this year I had trouble with my bushes so didn't get but half a pint. Only enough for in a bowl of ice cream, not enough for a mead, maybe next year.
Forum: Mead Forum 08-12-2013, 02:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By macachoin
I kind of agree with fat bloke, beet root syrup...

I kind of agree with fat bloke, beet root syrup or extract can add an earthy flavor that can be off-putting to some. Some other very red additives to consider: red currant syrup by Ikea, hibiscus ...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-11-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By macachoin
Beet juice as an additional sugar source will add...

Beet juice as an additional sugar source will add some more red.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-08-2013, 01:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By macachoin
Are you thinking like habaneros? I'm not really...

Are you thinking like habaneros? I'm not really diversely informed on peppers, which ones are yellow.

They are Peruvian peppers, heat is less than Scotch bonnet and packed with a lot of flavor. ...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-06-2013, 03:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By macachoin
I also love Crabbies and make a hard ginger beer...

I also love Crabbies and make a hard ginger beer each summer, this year I'm adding some yellow hot peppers for an extra bite. I love your recipe, and I sort of get the reason for cloves, but why...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-03-2013, 02:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,248
Posted By macachoin
This reminds of my best free honey story. My...

This reminds of my best free honey story. My family was helping a fund raising event for a local charity that helps at-risk teens. The place has beehives to help with pollination and I was talking...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2013, 02:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 840
Posted By macachoin
I love making meads taste like low alcohol...

I love making meads taste like low alcohol whiskey. My technique is to start with a honey that has a slight buttery flavor (adding a little Meadowfoam to wildflower works) then ferment till dry. ...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-26-2013, 09:49 AM
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Posted By macachoin
Here is glass of 4 year old sparkling mead that...

Here is glass of 4 year old sparkling mead that turned out great. It lost its bubbles really quick, but it stayed pitulent and everyone at the table really enjoyed it.
Forum: Hops Growing 07-09-2013, 02:47 AM
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Posted By macachoin
Here are the Newport and Hallertau that are...

Here are the Newport and Hallertau that are second year vines. Already harvested a quart container of dried hops. Then here are the first year Newport and Zeus.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-23-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 6,565
Posted By macachoin
2 gallons of a poppy seed mead 4 gallons of a...

2 gallons of a poppy seed mead
4 gallons of a blackberry melomel
5 gallons of a Serrano pepper/pepper honey capsumel

173.5 + 11 = 184.5
Forum: Mead Forum 06-07-2013, 09:59 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,053
Posted By macachoin
In honor of the Red Wedding I started a batch...

In honor of the Red Wedding I started a batch with 6# of wildflower/meadow foam honey (for Queen Jane), 2 tbls of mugwort (for the Frays), and 1 ounce of poppy seeds, because I didn't have access to...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-05-2013, 01:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,940
Posted By macachoin
New year, new season. So far the season is going...

New year, new season. So far the season is going great. From the second year rhizomes, the vines are 14 feet, from the first year vines, they range from 4 inches to 4 feet. The vines are...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-27-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 720
Posted By macachoin
What makes this "Dublin" lemonade? Have...

What makes this "Dublin" lemonade?

Have thought of adding 1 tsp. of Irish Moss?
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 05-02-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By macachoin
Well given this will be my first year growing it,...

Well given this will be my first year growing it, drying, and malting it (sans sulphur) I'm just hoping for enough for a 1 gallon batch so I definitely will add to this thread as I progress through...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 05-01-2013, 01:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By macachoin
Job's Tears

I read about using the seeds from Job's Tears (coix lacryma) as a GF barley substitute. I planted a bunch of it this year to find out how it might turn out. Does anyone have any experience using...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-29-2013, 01:43 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 28,778
Posted By macachoin
Not a great bottle picture, but this was an...

Not a great bottle picture, but this was an interesting experiment. Lemon wine, next time I'll get it off the lemon peel sooner.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-20-2013, 02:58 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 270,445
Posted By macachoin
Was drinking a 2 year old sparkling mead, made...

Was drinking a 2 year old sparkling mead, made with Windsor ale yeast. Tasted better than a gluten-free beer and had about the same amount of carbonation as a regular beer.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-18-2013, 02:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 799
Posted By macachoin
Bunratty Mead recipe

Anyone know what herbs are used in Bunratty's Irish Mead? I'd love a clone recipe but I'd start with any ideas of what herbs are included. Thanks.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-18-2013, 12:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,555
Posted By macachoin
Given the qualities of Pecan, have you thought of...

Given the qualities of Pecan, have you thought of pecan chips or spirals instead of oak?
Forum: Mead Forum 03-17-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,053
Posted By macachoin
Forgot to add that used K1-V1116 yeast.

Forgot to add that used K1-V1116 yeast.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-17-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,053
Posted By macachoin
After the first night, I went to my carboy and...

After the first night, I went to my carboy and found the airlock dry. I'm hoping that it was not dry too long. The OG was 1.111 @ 71 degrees. The final recipe was:
13# blackberry honey
1 qt...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-15-2013, 02:03 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,053
Posted By macachoin
"Cold" flavor, what about using Meadowfoam or...

"Cold" flavor, what about using Meadowfoam or Feverfew honey? Meadowfoam tastes like marshmallows. Feverfew honey is an ancient treatment for pneumonia and it is supposed to have a bittersweet...
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