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Forum: Mead Forum Yesterday, 01:12 PM
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If you backsweeten, I'd use more orange blossom...

If you backsweeten, I'd use more orange blossom honey. You could also try some acid reduction (tamarind is high in tartaric acid) with either calcium carbonate or you might try to precipitate some of...
Forum: Wine Making Forum Yesterday, 12:40 PM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
You could dilute with more watermelon juice....

You could dilute with more watermelon juice. Granted, you're adding more sugar with the juice, but you're still diluting it & not reducing fruit flavour. Might give you a LOT of wine must by the time...
Forum: Mead Forum Yesterday, 12:34 PM
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Pick a copy of this: ...

Pick a copy of this:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Compleat-Meadmaker-Production-Award-winning/dp/0937381802
It will really help. I have a copy on my bookshelf & still use it from time to time....
Forum: Mead Forum Yesterday, 12:28 PM
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Vintner's Harvest is mostly fruit or fruit puree....

Vintner's Harvest is mostly fruit or fruit puree. When I want good, high quality juice, I buy Knudsen's just juice.
http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/products/just-juice
It's not cheap, but it's the...
Forum: General Chit Chat Yesterday, 11:41 AM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
Great ape

Great ape
Forum: General Chit Chat Yesterday, 11:37 AM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
Walk Away - Joe Walsh/The James Gang

Walk Away - Joe Walsh/The James Gang
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-31-2014, 12:45 PM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
You'll find this useful for the yeast questions,...

You'll find this useful for the yeast questions, scroll down for yeast brand/strain:
http://winemakermag.com/resources/yeast-strains-chart

What kind of grapes are you planning on using? Not all...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 131
Posted By gratus fermentatio
You might find these useful and/or adaptable: ...

You might find these useful and/or adaptable:
http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Mulling_Spices_Recipe

http://www.chow.com/recipes/30925-german-mulled-wine-gluhwein
...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-31-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Posted By gratus fermentatio
Autoshiphon: ...

Autoshiphon:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/regular-5-16-auto-siphon.html
Draw off a sample & test it.
Regards, GF.
Forum: Cider Forum 07-31-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
Did you use powdered cinnamon? Cinnamon can...

Did you use powdered cinnamon? Cinnamon can cause a mucilaginous substance to form in cider/wine/mead. It doesn't always, but it's most noticable when powdered cinnamon is used. The only other thing...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-31-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 220
Posted By gratus fermentatio
Take a rag & a bottle of Roundup, dab some...

Take a rag & a bottle of Roundup, dab some Roundup on the vine leaves with the rag (you might want to wear gloves for this). Applying herbicide this way makes certain to get the target & leave any...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-31-2014, 08:59 AM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
Swamp thing

Swamp thing
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 07-30-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
Tailspin Leading Edge Vector VTOL ...

Tailspin
Leading Edge
Vector
VTOL
Variable Pitch
AMFA
Igor's Best or Spirit of Igor
That's all I got at the moment.
Regards, GF.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-30-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By gratus fermentatio
You'll find this useful: ...

You'll find this useful:
http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/starting.asp
Regards, GF.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-30-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 225
Posted By gratus fermentatio
Try #8 size corks with that hand corker; they'll...

Try #8 size corks with that hand corker; they'll still be a PITA, but should work. Better yet, if you plan on bottling a case or more at a time, invest in a floor corker, this is the one I have:...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-30-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By gratus fermentatio
Sounds to me like this superfood is exactly what...

Sounds to me like this superfood is exactly what you're looking for. The description says it contains DAP along with everything else AND it's kosher, Looks like you've solved the problem.
One thing...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-30-2014, 11:42 AM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
Pocket watch

Pocket watch
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-30-2014, 11:39 AM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
Imagine - John Lennon

Imagine - John Lennon
Forum: Cooking & Pairing 07-30-2014, 06:32 AM
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Posted By gratus fermentatio
This past weekend I made herb roasted Cornish...

This past weekend I made herb roasted Cornish game hens & vegetables. The birds were stuffed with 1/4 Vidalia onion, 1/4 fresh lemon, 1 sprig each of fresh thyme, tarragon, rosemary & a teaspoon of...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-29-2014, 12:07 PM
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Views: 522,377
Posted By gratus fermentatio
Bound For Glory - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Bound For Glory - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Forum: Mead Forum 07-29-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By gratus fermentatio
It certainly looks like buckwheat honey to me....

It certainly looks like buckwheat honey to me. Buckwheat has a very strong flavour. Some have likened it to molasses, others say it has a "barnyard flavour." I always thought it had a sort of "ripe...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-29-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 331
Posted By gratus fermentatio
I can't think of anything that would taste like...

I can't think of anything that would taste like lily of the valley smells. I never thought Darjeeling tea tasted like anything close to lily of the valley. You'll want something floral, that's for...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-29-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 131
Posted By gratus fermentatio
1st off I'd say let that cyser age for a year or...

1st off I'd say let that cyser age for a year or two. It might turn out to be much better than you think. If you want to drink it hot & mulled, there are several mulling spice mixes on the market to...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-29-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By gratus fermentatio
For part of your alternative yeast nutrient, you...

For part of your alternative yeast nutrient, you can boil some active bread yeast to kill it, then when it's cooled, add it to the must. The wine yeast will cannibalize it. "Yeast hulls" or "Yeast...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-29-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By gratus fermentatio
Is the "1.2G" 1.2 gallons? all buckwheat honey? ...

Is the "1.2G" 1.2 gallons? all buckwheat honey? If so, that's going to be some strongly flavoured melomel. You must really like buckwheat honey!
Looks & sounds like you've got a healthy...
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