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Forum: Mead Forum 01-12-2013, 03:39 AM
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Posted By Wildbill001
Um, 'cause we don't have a "bottle depo"? ...

Um, 'cause we don't have a "bottle depo"?

Anyway, sounds like a good deal for those. $30 for a case seems pretty high to me, BUT, as I have learned the hard-way, sometimes there is no other...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-09-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Wildbill001
Yeasties seem to be slowing down a bit. I've...

Yeasties seem to be slowing down a bit. I've moved the 2ndary into a cooler (about 65-68F) area that is also darker.

Smells good!
Forum: Mead Forum 01-09-2013, 09:35 PM
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Posted By Wildbill001
The fruit in my first JOAM never did drop and I...

The fruit in my first JOAM never did drop and I left it for about 3-4 months. Didn't know or think about the C02 issue BUT it came out really nice after bottle aging for 6-8 months.

'Course I had...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-05-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Wildbill001
You might want to think about trying this. I did...

You might want to think about trying this. I did it for my first cider and it worked perfectly.

I save a 20oz softdrink bottle. One of those plastic screw cap jobs (Diet Dr. Pepper to be...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-05-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Wildbill001
Racked into the secondary this afternoon. ...

Racked into the secondary this afternoon. Gravity was 1.058. Of course I tasted it!
Pretty hot as you would expect. Blueberry taste is barely there but still I really liked it. Not too sweet...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-03-2013, 04:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Wildbill001
Blueberry Vanilla in the bucket

I wish I could remember where I got the original recipe so I could credit those folks with the inspiration. Alas, I did not write that down. Here is my interpretation of their Blueberry Vanilla...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-22-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By Wildbill001
:rockin: WOW. Some great ideas. In reading...

:rockin: WOW. Some great ideas. In reading through all the posts, I think I like the idea of an extract the best. I can then adjust the "pecanness" to our liking. In fact, as I think about it as...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-18-2012, 04:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,603
Posted By Wildbill001
Pecan Mead recipe?

While finishing off my 2nd to last bottle of JOAM tonight, I told the wife what I was planning on starting this weekend:

Pumpkin Pie Mead
Blueberry/vanilla mead
Strawberry Mead -- maybe. ...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-10-2011, 02:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By Wildbill001
My first JAO - rubbery taste

I brewed up my first Joe's Ancient Orange just over 6 months ago. I too had an aftertaste that was best described as "rubber stopper". This was after having it "age" for about 2 months. Didn't...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-28-2011, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Wildbill001
Just took a hydro reading: 1.008 While the...

Just took a hydro reading: 1.008

While the juice started out real clear, it is now quite cloudy. Still giving off CO2. Taste is actually quite bland, alcoholly. Kinda expected that actually...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-28-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Wildbill001
This may be blasphemy but I don't worry about ABV

At this point in my brewing life, I'm brewing for taste more than for alcohol. Now, having said that, if my brew happens to be a bit :drunk: strong, well, I'll just have to deal with it. :mug:
...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-27-2011, 10:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Wildbill001
Been fermenting furiously these last couple of...

Been fermenting furiously these last couple of days. Finally has slowed down. Smells very apple-ly (is that a word?). Will take a reading tonight or tomorrow as well as sneak a taste.

Bill
Forum: Cider Forum 03-27-2011, 02:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Wildbill001
Simple Recipe in Progress

1gal Tree-Top Apple Cider
1 cinnamon stick
1 clove
Safale US-05

Starting Gravity: 1.050

Sanitized everything with Idophor (sp?). Poured the 2, 1/2 gal jugs into a glass 1gal jug. Made sure...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-22-2011, 06:25 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Wildbill001
This thread may help although it deals with mead...

This thread may help although it deals with mead and not cider.

http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17454

BTW, the rubber-stopper taste in my mead is not quite as strong as it was...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-19-2011, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Wildbill001
In the states, cider is generally considered to...

In the states, cider is generally considered to be unfiltered apple-squeezings while juice is generally considered to be filtered apple-squeezings.

Does it matter? Not to me...

bill
Forum: Mead Forum 03-08-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,861
Posted By Wildbill001
Strawberry extract

Are you making the extract and if so how did you do it? Or did you purchase, and if so, where and what is it called (brand)?

I've been patiently waiting for strawberry season to give this a try....
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-08-2011, 02:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By Wildbill001
Take the not-so-obvious first step: PRACTICE First

If you are doing bottling for the first time, practice with a bucket full of water first. That first step eluded me as I thought, "How tough can this be?":confused:

I soon learned that it can be...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-04-2011, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,901
Posted By Wildbill001
Why I use a few soda bottles

What I have done is to half-fill a few poly soda-bottles. When they get "hard", then the other bottles are carbed up just right.

Bill

PS: Then I pasteurize "just in case"
Forum: Cider Forum 12-29-2010, 02:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By Wildbill001
Here, Here !!!! :mug: Wildbill

Here, Here !!!! :mug:

Wildbill
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2010, 02:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By Wildbill001
Yeast - Decisions, decisions

After spending way too much time reading posts here, I see an overwhelming number saying to use Nottingham dry ale. So, for my upcoming batch I proceed to the LHBS. Only they tell me Nottingham has...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-29-2010, 03:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By Wildbill001
Well, I'm no expert by any stretch of the...

Well, I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but if you like how it tastes now, then rack and/or bottle (probably need to pastuerize to prevent bottle-bombs). OR let it go a little longer....
Forum: Mead Forum 11-25-2010, 03:43 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Wildbill001
Looked this over yesterday and decided to follow...

Looked this over yesterday and decided to follow Joe's advice (since this is his recipe), i.e., don't touch it. The amount of honey on the bottom is now about 3/8" deep. So the yeasties must be...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-22-2010, 05:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By Wildbill001
It's in the bottle !

Even though I was still getting some settling in the secondary, the wife wanted to get this bottled up so it would be ready for Xmas. I tried to explain that probably wouldn't happen but SWMBO won...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-22-2010, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 809
Posted By Wildbill001
Honey settled - Is that OK?

Taken the plunge and started my first batch of Joe's Ancient Orange (what could go wrong, go wrong, go wrong....)

Been in the primary for about 4 days now and I noticed about a 3/4" layer of honey...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-17-2010, 08:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By Wildbill001
DOH ! Should of thought of that..... Thanks...

DOH ! Should of thought of that.....

Thanks !
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