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Forum: Cider Forum 09-21-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,255
Posted By vtchuck
My pumpkin cider

is in the secondary, tasted good but no spice flavor.

Added a couple of tsp. of pie spice inside a nylon bag.

Will try in a few days and if OK I will clarify w/ Polyclar or
SuperKleer crash...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-12-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By vtchuck
Yeah, I guess.... not knowing what your threshold...

Yeah, I guess.... not knowing what your threshold is for sweetness / maple flavor. Darkest grade you can find.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-12-2013, 05:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By vtchuck
If you're talking about using real maple syrup,...

If you're talking about using real maple syrup, it'll cost about $45-50 a gallon.

Use the darkest grade you can find B or Dark Amber, the lighter grades like Fancy, A or light amber do not have a...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-04-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 964
Posted By vtchuck
If you have a kegging set-up, simply start...

If you have a kegging set-up, simply start fermenting a 5G batch, and start tasting a sample each day and noting the gravity until it tastes like you want. For me its somewhere around 1.008
it.......
Forum: Mead Forum 09-02-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,542
Posted By vtchuck
Did a batch of this in '13 as well.... Changed up...

Did a batch of this in '13 as well.... Changed up the recipe a bit as I boiled down the sap to ~ half its
volume... from about 8 G to 4G. Bottled it a few days back and it may be my best yet......
Forum: Cider Forum 09-01-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,928
Posted By vtchuck
I use untreated cider and have tried it both with...

I use untreated cider and have tried it both with and without campden treatment and can't discern a difference.

I do use a single packet of rehydrated beer yeast (Notty) rather than wine yeasts as...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-01-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 256
Posted By vtchuck
I use it with my meads and ciders... works very...

I use it with my meads and ciders... works very well for me
Forum: Mead Forum 07-22-2013, 09:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,187
Posted By vtchuck
I use regular crown cap bottles.... If you have...

I use regular crown cap bottles.... If you have clear or green glass bottles, even better.

I also drip each bottle top in wax... adds a touch of class.
Forum: DIY Projects 03-12-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,420
Posted By vtchuck
Danby DAR 440

Danby DAR 440
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-08-2013, 09:18 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 22,610
Posted By vtchuck
I don't think its going to be the stuff leaching...

I don't think its going to be the stuff leaching from the buckets that kills me....

more likely the alcohol or a speeding bus
Forum: DIY Projects 02-27-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 84,563
Posted By vtchuck
Mine just arrived today. I'm using a single...

Mine just arrived today. I'm using a single faucet tower and found that once I removed the slide-in
storage compartments in the door, I could fit a ball-lock cornie and a 10 lb. steel gas tank...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-13-2013, 07:42 PM
Replies: 936
Views: 121,186
Posted By vtchuck
If you go to 7 Barrel today, they have a...

If you go to 7 Barrel today, they have a "Conan-series" beer featured in addition to their regular line-up. Usually a big beer like double IPA or Imperial Red. The present brewer, who succeeded the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-09-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 936
Views: 121,186
Posted By vtchuck
Conan is the name of the yeast used by 7 Barrel...

Conan is the name of the yeast used by 7 Barrel Brewery in NH. They had connections to
Noonan of Burlington as did the owner/brewer of the Alchemist.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-09-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,973
Posted By vtchuck
A few comments from a Vermonter: I am unable...

A few comments from a Vermonter:

I am unable to detect any maple flavor from any sap beers I have brewed.

I also make a maple sap mead. The sap ups the abv and likely helps get fermentation...
Forum: General Chit Chat 11-03-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,725
Posted By vtchuck
Hey... its a business. You'll be adding to...

Hey... its a business. You'll be adding to TxBrew's income, as well.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-21-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,457
Posted By vtchuck
Thanks for the link... I read through it before,...

Thanks for the link... I read through it before, but the advice seems to be all
over the place. And I think Norway Spruce is somewhat milder than Blue...

Maybe I'll just go with what I've got...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-21-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,457
Posted By vtchuck
A couple of times... Harpoon brewed one last...

A couple of times... Harpoon brewed one last year. And I had another at
Vermont Brewfest a few years ago
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-21-2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,457
Posted By vtchuck
Spruce Tips Ale

Working on a Spruce Tips Holiday Ale and looking for suggestions and
ideas, especially from those who have brewed with spruce.

Using Norway Spruce tips picked and frozen this spring.

Doing a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,612
Posted By vtchuck
Set it on a piece of sheet metal or a square of...

Set it on a piece of sheet metal or a square of paving bricks, if you're concerned.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-31-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,280
Posted By vtchuck
I have yet to encounter a lousy brewpub here in...

I have yet to encounter a lousy brewpub here in Vermont. A couple of the bigger brewers.. like Long Trail and Harpoon have pubs right on premises, so you can tour the facility, have a brew and lunch.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-08-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,849
Posted By vtchuck
I use a little plastic thingie that fits on the...

I use a little plastic thingie that fits on the drain tube a converts the stream of wort to a spray. Paid $3 or $4 for it online.

I have an oxygen stone set-up, but only use it for really big...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2012, 09:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,423
Posted By vtchuck
When I'm not using a dry yeast, I use White Labs,...

When I'm not using a dry yeast, I use White Labs, because thats what my LHBS carries.

FWIW, White Labs will give you a free vial for every 10 you buy.
You just peel the labels and mail them in.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-04-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,355
Posted By vtchuck
Spruce tips in beer?

Some of the more interesting beers that I have tried use spruce tips as a flavoring
agent. I understand that you should use fresh, new growth spruce tips harvested in the spring.

In my area,...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-04-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By vtchuck
I have established Nugget & Magnum plants and...

I have established Nugget & Magnum plants and have been using for bittering
for a few years now. I figure them to be about 10% AA and that seems to work.
Forum: Hops Growing 03-30-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 965
Posted By vtchuck
For established plants, I don't worry about them...

For established plants, I don't worry about them at all. Our brutal winters and
unpredictable spring weather don't affect them.

For new rhizomes, I start them indoors in large pots and...
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