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Forum: Mead Forum 09-11-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By northernlad
Turns out after the bags leaked I only had 5.25...

Turns out after the bags leaked I only had 5.25 quarts of thick blackberry juice.
I combined that with 10lbs honey to make a five gallon batch. OG was only 1.080 but I think that is probably a good...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-08-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By northernlad
Thanks for the reply. I may just make a 3 gallon...

Thanks for the reply. I may just make a 3 gallon batch, add honey to boost the juice and top off with water if needed.
Forum: Mead Forum 09-07-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By northernlad
Blackberry Mead

My freezer door got left open and 2.5 gallons of Blackberry juice partially thawed. I don't want to refreeze it so I thought I would use it as an excuse to make my first mead.
I used fresh picked...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-27-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,157
Posted By northernlad
Using blocks to help with the weight is a great...

Using blocks to help with the weight is a great idea since the pot does not have to actually make contact like it would with a traditional glass top.
1/4" over the burner is not too much. It just...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-27-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,157
Posted By northernlad
Oh, FFS. There multiple types of induction...

Oh, FFS.
There multiple types of induction burners. Dropins, ranges, wok, fajita, hotplates and stock pot. Even the thing Pizza Hut puts in the bag to keep your pizza hot is an induction pellet. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-26-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 284
Posted By northernlad
Without knowing where you SG is, I wouldn't add...

Without knowing where you SG is, I wouldn't add any top off. With the boil over you lost X amount of wort at X gravity leaving you with X amount of wort at the same gravity. Seems like adding to the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-26-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,157
Posted By northernlad
Maybe you inferred "only so much weight" was code...

Maybe you inferred "only so much weight" was code for less than 100 lbs. I didn't say how much was too much, only that there is a limit and that quality matters. Stacking a bunch of weigh in a pot...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-25-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,157
Posted By northernlad
Keep in mind you will get exactly what you pay...

Keep in mind you will get exactly what you pay for. The hotplates can only handle so much weight. They aren't designed to be used with a pot larger in diameter than the burner. When they fail there...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-06-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By northernlad
Heh.

Heh.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-06-2013, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By northernlad
How long for Acetobacter to show up?

Last year I got an acetobacter infection in a batch of stout and didn't catch it before I bottled. I reused the yeast for a batch of ESB and when I went to bottle it was apparent there was a problem....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-24-2013, 06:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 900
Posted By northernlad
Ended up doing some research about homemade...

Ended up doing some research about homemade vinegar. Racked some into a 3 gallon carboy, added some Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, and put it in the corner for about 9 months. Its actually pretty good....
Forum: Wine 09-19-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 36,444
Posted By northernlad
Yooper, My wife processed about 16 quarts of...

Yooper,
My wife processed about 16 quarts of blackberries by adding a couple quarts of water and cooking them down on the stove. I told her to not go over 150 and keep it there for 10 or 15 minutes....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-29-2013, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By northernlad
I found the Yeast Washing Illustrated to be a lot...

I found the Yeast Washing Illustrated to be a lot to take in until I did it.
I buy a fresh Pack of Wyeast 1056 and 1098 the first brew of my season in September. I wash and grow that yeast until the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-28-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,358
Posted By northernlad
I understand your concerns with filtering through...

I understand your concerns with filtering through a mesh bag or other, but with a proper soak in the sanitizer of your choice, its really not an issue. I filter my wort through a chinois which...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-22-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,544
Posted By northernlad
Warrior all day long. Firm, dissipating...

Warrior all day long. Firm, dissipating bitterness. Also, I see you are in South Aus so a high alpha hop will save you a ton of money. A friend of mine moved down there a couple years ago and the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-22-2013, 02:42 AM
Replies: 827
Views: 499,987
Posted By northernlad
I would like to say I have been using...

I would like to say I have been using thevbottling bucket from page one for 3 years and it is good to the last drop.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-22-2013, 02:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 957
Posted By northernlad
I would use Simcoe at 60 and I LOVE Citra at 15....

I would use Simcoe at 60 and I LOVE Citra at 15. That amount of Cascade probably wont make much difference wherever you put it.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-22-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,358
Posted By northernlad
Thanks for the reply Denny. I guess i thought it...

Thanks for the reply Denny. I guess i thought it would be beneficial to stir at least some during the mash as i have seen many a commercial tun being stirred. I am happy to shave 20 minutes off my...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-21-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,358
Posted By northernlad
I use a 52 quart cooler for the mash, stir the...

I use a 52 quart cooler for the mash, stir the mash bed every 20 minutes, and collect first runnings at about half throttle.
To get 13 gallons into my BK I usually end up batch sparging twice...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-27-2012, 01:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 900
Posted By northernlad
Yeah, thats going to be vinegar right there... ...

Yeah, thats going to be vinegar right there...
Gave my wife a taste and after practically scrubbing her tongue with a sponge she says "I can't believe you made me put that in my mouth".
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-24-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 900
Posted By northernlad
Grant, it could just be green beer which is why I...

Grant, it could just be green beer which is why I am choosing to give it time to play out. However, I have never smelled vinegar before and the other half of the batch that fermented in a well sealed...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-23-2012, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 900
Posted By northernlad
Vinegar smell in ESB

When I popped open the lid to my ferm bucket I was surprised to meet the smell of vinegar. Odd fermentation smells are not foreign to me but this one concerns me. I took a sample while racking it to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-11-2012, 03:57 AM
Replies: 17
Poll: Bank Yeast
Views: 939
Posted By northernlad
I buy an fresh activator of 1098 and 1056 fresh...

I buy an fresh activator of 1098 and 1056 fresh at the beginning of my brew season and wash/grow them as I need.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2012, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,352
Posted By northernlad
Aside from posting the wrong strain (it was 2035)...

Aside from posting the wrong strain (it was 2035) its a lager fermentation due to the use of a lager yeast within its temperature tolerance.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,352
Posted By northernlad
Another case of "it'll make beer" and in fact...

Another case of "it'll make beer" and in fact turn out quite good.
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