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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-30-2014, 03:50 PM
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Posted By schmeek
Definitely something to consider... Thanks!

Definitely something to consider... Thanks!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-30-2014, 12:23 AM
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Views: 264
Posted By schmeek
Cool, thanks for the quick responses! I think I'm...

Cool, thanks for the quick responses! I think I'm leaning towards the kohlsch, I'll post results in a month or so
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-29-2014, 08:28 PM
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Posted By schmeek
Lager-like Ale?

Ok I'm trying to make something in the realm of a Bohemian Pilsner but I don't have the ability to lager. I have a cool brew fermentation bag and I have been able to keep that around 60F no problem....
Forum: Mead Forum 08-27-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By schmeek
Sorry for the delay, I have been in the process...

Sorry for the delay, I have been in the process of moving. I used the mango in the primary so most of it fermented out anyway. it came out quite dry so I backsweetened it and there's plenty of...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-09-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By schmeek
Well after reading Schramms book I was under the...

Well after reading Schramms book I was under the impression I needed to use the best quality raw honey available. Tupelo happens to be harvested down the road from me and I heard it was an excellent...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-19-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,964
Posted By schmeek
I think it might be the star san. (I know, I...

I think it might be the star san. (I know, I know) but I'm going to do a controlled experiment using iodophor and see if I get the same flavor
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-16-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,964
Posted By schmeek
John Palmer is where I heard not to worry about...

John Palmer is where I heard not to worry about adding salts to the sparge water. Brew strong water episodes. I would like to get my hands on some phosphoric acid for the sparge as Gordon strong...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-15-2014, 04:34 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By schmeek
Ok so my last brew was a take on ommegangs...

Ok so my last brew was a take on ommegangs "Cooperstown ale"
Here is the rundown:

4 GAL BATCH
4# Belgian pils
4# Maris otter
1# white wheat
8oz caravienne 20L
4oz Flaked oats
4oz acid malt
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-13-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,964
Posted By schmeek
When I say commercial I mean like Cigar City,...

When I say commercial I mean like Cigar City, Founders, LAGUNITAS, Stone etc. i don't think those companies beers are lacking flavor at all
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-12-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,964
Posted By schmeek
Thanks so much for all the replies! I don't think...

Thanks so much for all the replies! I don't think it's yeast, I drink bottle conditioned commercial beers all the time and I don't get this character. I can't speak to the other brewers process, but...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-11-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,964
Posted By schmeek
Typical Homebrew off flavor

I recently brought a friend to my homebrew club meeting and he pointed out an interesting flavor present in every beer there, including my own. It was a slight acidic or astringent character that was...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-19-2014, 02:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By schmeek
If you are making 2 gallons, you will need at...

If you are making 2 gallons, you will need at least a 4 gallon fermenter to perform your primary fermentation with the fruit. Is this your first brew?
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 06-17-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By schmeek
Founders Porter is my favorite. The regular dry...

Founders Porter is my favorite. The regular dry hopped pale ale is much better than the ADIPA IMO and still very drinkable. Old Curmudgeon was pretty good but it's a late night heavy drinker for me.
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 06-09-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By schmeek
The Latest from OMMEGANG

Has anyone tried the "Cooperstown Ale" from OMMEGANG? It's simply amazing! It's a Belgian blonde and I am going to try to replicate it but need some advice. On the bottle it says brewed with barley,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-03-2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By schmeek
Well they're not on the surface of the water, but...

Well they're not on the surface of the water, but they aren't completely sunk either
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-02-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By schmeek
Metal flakes in corny

I recently bought a lot of 4 used corny kegs and after using some PBW on them, I have been finding metal flakes floating in the solution. Anybody else experience this?
Forum: Mead Forum 06-02-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By schmeek
My LHBS told me there isn't much of a difference...

My LHBS told me there isn't much of a difference other than that the wine bases tend to be more chunks of fruit vs purée. It's my understanding VH is a company operated under Oregon fruit. If you go...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-02-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By schmeek
Ok cool, that makes more sense. So basically,...

Ok cool, that makes more sense. So basically, this can of purée is like 6.5lbs of blackberries. Schramm says in his book 8lbs+ Of raspberries in a 5 gallon batch of mead will give you a strong fruit...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-02-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By schmeek
I read in Schramm's book that using a muslin bag...

I read in Schramm's book that using a muslin bag on both ends of a siphon work well In filtering out particles of fruit. I'll probly try that instead of putting the fruit itself in a bag. Still not...
Forum: General Techniques 06-02-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,268
Posted By schmeek
2 years later... How did this turn out?...

2 years later...
How did this turn out? I'm trying to decide what fruit I want to add to my Hefe. I'm torn between raspberry, strawberry, apricot. I wanted to make a blood orange Hefe but turns...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-02-2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By schmeek
Wow 3 cans total!? At $20 per can that sounds...

Wow 3 cans total!? At $20 per can that sounds quite expensive. I didn't realize the ratio favored fresh fruit. I was assuming the purée was more concentrated than the fruit itself
Forum: Mead Forum 06-01-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By schmeek
I have campden tabs so I will add that with the...

I have campden tabs so I will add that with the sorbate when the time comes. (Thanks for the reminder) I think I will wait until 2/3 fermentation and rack it onto the purée. After a few months I will...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-30-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By schmeek
Vintners Harvest Fruit Purée

I'm trying to make a blackberry melomel in the style of B Nektars "Black Fang" which is only 6% ABV. I'm trying to make enough to get a full 3 gal carboy for aging, this will probably be my aging...
Forum: For Sale 05-29-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 10,090
Posted By schmeek
Does the unit operate heat and cooling...

Does the unit operate heat and cooling simultaneously or is there a switch to choose one or the other? Also, how does the probe hold up in liquid? (Beer)
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-20-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 238
Posted By schmeek
Thanks! For whatever reason mine did not come...

Thanks! For whatever reason mine did not come with instructions on assembly, only how to operate safely. I spoke with a guy from adventures in home brewing and he was extremely helpful and very...
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