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Forum: Cider Forum 01-12-2013, 07:39 PM
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Posted By Mencken
No, from juicing it, there was way too much pulp...

No, from juicing it, there was way too much pulp still in the juice to get a proper read the start so I was never able to get OG.

It tasted fine when I put it in the secondary...but I wasn't...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-12-2013, 05:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By Mencken
Can someone diagnose this?

Hi there, I have a perry currently in the secondary fermenter. There is a white film forming on the top. I've read about the possibility of it being film yeast, but from the pictures I've seen, it...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-11-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By Mencken
Excellent, thanks for the advice. I didn't...

Excellent, thanks for the advice. I didn't re-pitch the yeast and it's bubbling away now.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-10-2012, 05:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By Mencken
Really? My understanding was campden tablets...

Really? My understanding was campden tablets killed all yeast, wild or pitched. Will it only target the wild?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-10-2012, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By Mencken
My paranoia grew and so I pitched 5 campden...

My paranoia grew and so I pitched 5 campden tablets in there. I'll leave that for 24 hours and then re-pitch the yeast
Forum: Cider Forum 10-10-2012, 04:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By Mencken
Did I just screw up?

I have a pear tree in my back yard, and it's the time of year when it produces a ton. Today, without any forethought, I decided to make a big batch of pear cider. I just juiced a ton of pears, and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-06-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 730
Posted By Mencken
In Calgary. I have most of the equipment I need...

In Calgary. I have most of the equipment I need already...just need to replace a few minor things (e.g. buckets) both those are simple. Generally i brew partial mash at this point, but thinking of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-06-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 730
Posted By Mencken
Thanks. Unfortunately, their stock seems pretty...

Thanks. Unfortunately, their stock seems pretty limited
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-06-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 730
Posted By Mencken
Online Canadian stores?

Hey, I've moved back to Canada and I'm trying to sort out where to get the best supplies online. Does anyone have recommendations?

Thanks
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-27-2010, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 748
Posted By Mencken
Hey fidgit, I got your PM, but your box is full...

Hey fidgit, I got your PM, but your box is full so I couldn't reply there. I figured I'd just put what I typed up here, and hopefully you get it.


Hey, my brew turned out just fine, actually. ...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-11-2009, 06:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Mencken
Sounds good. Thanks

Sounds good. Thanks
Forum: Mead Forum 09-11-2009, 01:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Mencken
Clarity is great right now. It is a blackberry...

Clarity is great right now. It is a blackberry mead, but the fruit is two rackings removed. In terms of clarity, I'm comfortable with bottling now. No wood chips, haha
Forum: Mead Forum 09-11-2009, 12:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Mencken
Any advantage to bottling?

Hey all, I have a mead that I plan on testing out at Christmas this year. It has a stable SG, and I'm not concerned about whether I'd be bottling too early if I bottled today. I was just wondering...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
Just to settle this in my mind...I absolutely...

Just to settle this in my mind...I absolutely agree a big rock dropped in water is not going to change the density reading of the water. But if the added material is fine enough, and in enough...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
FG was stable at 1.020 for 8 days. I figured...

FG was stable at 1.020 for 8 days. I figured that it was stuck, or possibly I had screwed up somewhere along the way. It was a partial mash, and I did let it get a little too hot during mashing, so...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
Is it different with wine and mead than it is...

Is it different with wine and mead than it is with beer? I was told that with wine/mead, fermentation goes for about 2 weeks, then it stops. But the FG continues to drop over the next 6 months or...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
Heh, it told me it was complete before this...

Heh, it told me it was complete before this racking too ;)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
But doesn't the hydrometer simply measure the...

But doesn't the hydrometer simply measure the density of the liquid, and it's just calibrated/shaped to indicate SG? If it's just measuring density, then wouldn't stuff actually floating in the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
Interesting, so if it's fermenting again, what...

Interesting, so if it's fermenting again, what sort of timeline should I look at? Should I consider today a reset of the timeline, and wait my normal time period (two-three weeks primary, 1 week...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
That's very nice of you. I'll send it asap. ...

That's very nice of you. I'll send it asap.



Good to hear. So it doesn't look like I oxygenated it somehow?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
:( In the time it took me to write my first...

:(

In the time it took me to write my first post, this is how it looks now:

http://www.northerntribune.com/pics/beer3.jpg
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2009, 06:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mencken
Bubbling after re-racking?

Hey, I just racked a Honey Brown into a secondary after about 18 days in the primary. One thing I noticed was there was a LOT of sediment still in the beer (i.e. not just settled on the bottom, or...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-18-2009, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 516
Posted By Mencken
Yah, great reply. Thanks very much

Yah, great reply. Thanks very much
Forum: Mead Forum 05-17-2009, 11:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 825
Posted By Mencken
Ah k, so it does keep fermenting. Definitely...

Ah k, so it does keep fermenting. Definitely good to know. Thanks
Forum: Mead Forum 05-17-2009, 11:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 825
Posted By Mencken
Does mead continue to ferment?

Hey, my friend made a mead that had about a 1.081 OG, and is presently at 1.01. It's been about 3 weeks now, and he's re-racked it once. He told me wine continues to ferment over a 6 month period,...
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