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Forum: Fruit Beer 09-29-2013, 01:32 PM
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Posted By Aaron
Remember that you will want to sterilize your...

Remember that you will want to sterilize your vanilla beans and raspberries.
Forum: Fruit Beer 09-27-2013, 12:46 PM
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Posted By Aaron
You can probably get away with almost any hop for...

You can probably get away with almost any hop for bittering. Notice that the hops I used are not high alpha hops.

With the grain bill, I would make some significant adjustments if I were to make...
Forum: Fruit Beer 09-26-2013, 12:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,624
Posted By Aaron
Response

Q: Why the hops in the recipe?

A: It is only 0.75 oz of bittering hops, and 0.35 oz of late additions, which isn't that much. Also, the beer has 1 lb of light crystal, which leaves residual...
Forum: Mead 09-13-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 113
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Posted By Aaron
This was my post originally, and I have tried...

This was my post originally, and I have tried this recipe (with some minor differences) three times with great success. The last one was a little too much nutmeg, but has mellowed out a little over...
Forum: Mead 02-22-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 113
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Posted By Aaron
The inside of the pumpkin is pretty sanitary to...

The inside of the pumpkin is pretty sanitary to begin with. I did not use any sanitation additives.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-20-2013, 02:24 AM
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Posted By Aaron
+5 gallons, total is 25269

+5 gallons,

total is 25269
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-17-2013, 03:02 PM
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Posted By Aaron
I am using a stainless steel spoon. The spoon has...

I am using a stainless steel spoon. The spoon has no rust.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-17-2013, 12:06 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Aaron
Blichmann Kettle Has Rust Spots

I have been using a 10 gallon Blichmann Kettle for my homebrewing for about a year now. I know it is 300-series stainless steel, which should not have rust issues, but my kettle has developed small...
Forum: Fruit Beer 02-05-2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,624
Posted By Aaron
Halving the recipe sounds logical to me too. I...

Halving the recipe sounds logical to me too. I was thinking of redoing this recipe myself. I'm so glad it is bringing such joy to others! Happy brewing!
Forum: Fruit Beer 01-18-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,624
Posted By Aaron
That recipe looks good to me. Just reading it...

That recipe looks good to me. Just reading it makes me want to brew this beer again.
Forum: Fruit Beer 12-17-2012, 10:17 PM
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Posted By Aaron
Wyeast 3787 should ferment between 64 and 78...

Wyeast 3787 should ferment between 64 and 78 degrees F, so it should have started at 67. Raising the temperature should get it started. It could be old yeast. Did you use a starter? Even though it's...
Forum: Pilsner 10-24-2012, 07:44 PM
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Posted By Aaron
This was a three gallon batch.

This was a three gallon batch.
Forum: Mead 10-12-2012, 02:19 AM
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Views: 18,533
Posted By Aaron
I did not use any sulfites for this recipe. If...

I did not use any sulfites for this recipe. If you are worried about it go ahead and use them. Or, I would highly recommend using a yeast that inhibits growth of wild yeasts, for example Lalvin...
Forum: Mead 10-06-2012, 03:22 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,533
Posted By Aaron
Alcohol to prevent mold

I believe the 151 would sterilize the pumpkin at first, but would evaporate shortly after being applied to the pumpkin. The citric acid (lemon juice) idea isn't bad. When I do this again, I'm gonna...
Forum: Mead 10-01-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,533
Posted By Aaron
I should also note that if it ferments dry, the...

I should also note that if it ferments dry, the spices could taste overpowering. Be sure to sweeten to taste. I hope it turns out as awesome as it smells!
Forum: Mead 09-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 113
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Posted By Aaron
Spices can be more or less strong depending on...

Spices can be more or less strong depending on their freshness. My nutmeg was whole nutmegs that I ground up. The others were powdered from the store. This amount of spices tasted just fine - not too...
Forum: General Techniques 09-30-2012, 04:45 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Aaron
When to remove a hop bag

I remove my hop bag a minute before I turn off the burner and squeeze the wort out of the bag by pushing the bag against the side of the kettle with my brewing spoon. Doing it a little before you...
Forum: Mead 09-20-2012, 02:17 PM
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Posted By Aaron
Pitching Yeast: I pitched one whole package of...

Pitching Yeast: I pitched one whole package of D-47 yeast, which is meant for 5 gallons.

Bugs and Storage: I did not have a problems with any bugs. It was stored inside on my counter top.
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Forum: Pilsner 09-17-2012, 01:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,587
Posted By Aaron
Pilsner with Lots of Coriander and Orange Peel

Ingredients:
4 lbs Pilsen Light DME
1 oz coriander
1 oz sweet orange peel (at 20 minutes)
0.5 oz citron hops (13.4 AA, 3.4 BA, (45 mins)
1 tsp Irish Moss
1 pkg Safale-05

This was a quick...
Forum: Porter 09-04-2012, 02:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,148
Posted By Aaron
Peated Porter (with heather tips; little hops)

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Wyeast 1728, Scottish Ale
Batch Size (Gallons): 3 gallons
Alcohol by Volume: 9%
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60 minutes
Color: dark brown
Primary Fermentation: 7 days...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-21-2012, 04:50 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Aaron
It'll do awesome!

I bet that the St. Louis area will make that vine produce a bunch of hops, even in the first year! That area is SO fertile! Let us know how much you harvested! Lets see pictures! :mug:
Forum: Fruit Beer 07-21-2012, 06:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,624
Posted By Aaron
Irish moss is a seaweed that is dried and can be...

Irish moss is a seaweed that is dried and can be purchased at your homebrew store. It is used as a flocculant, which will help particulates to fall out of your brew, and produce a clearer beer. What...
Forum: Mead 07-10-2012, 12:56 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,533
Posted By Aaron
I drank some at Christmas (3 months, say), but it...

I drank some at Christmas (3 months, say), but it really improves with a year's time. I find it hard to wait that long. The last bottle I drank was about two years old and simply delicious!
Forum: Scottish and Irish Ale 07-08-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,121
Posted By Aaron
Irish Red but Hopped Up

Grain:
10 lbs Marris Otter
2 lb Carared
1 lb flaked barley
8 oz Carastan
8 oz medium crystal 40 L
1 oz chocolate malt 625 L

Hop Schedule:
1 oz Fuggles, 60 minutes 4.2 alpha, 2.5...
Forum: Fruit Beer 06-27-2012, 12:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,624
Posted By Aaron
A bit more about this recipe:

Sure thing!

I used Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity. I wanted a dry beer, and this yeast can go to 11-12% ABV. My apartment did not have air conditioning, and this yeast ferments best between...
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