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Forum: Extract Brewing 02-24-2013, 04:04 AM
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Posted By Big-J2000
Great, thanks!

Great, thanks!
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-21-2013, 05:55 PM
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Views: 733
Posted By Big-J2000
Full boil for NB Dundalk Irish Heavy kit

I recently received the Dundalk Irish Heavy kit as an early birthday present and am planning on brewing this Sunday. Even though the instructions are for a partial boil, would I be able to do a full...
Forum: Mead 04-08-2012, 03:46 AM
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Posted By Big-J2000
Just bottled my first batch of this tonight! I...

Just bottled my first batch of this tonight! I used a Cara Cara orange which has given this a very nice sweet orange taste. It's absolutely crystal clear! Followed the directions as stated and ha...
Forum: Mead 01-21-2012, 12:14 PM
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Posted By Big-J2000
Here's my version of JAOM. Left it to cool...

Here's my version of JAOM. Left it to cool overnight and it got down to 65*. According to the recipe, temp range is 70* - 80*. I have it on my counter warming up. Should I wait or go ahead and...
Forum: American Ale 01-16-2012, 06:12 PM
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Posted By Big-J2000
Will try this next time (and there will be a next...

Will try this next time (and there will be a next time!). Normally I rack the wort on top of the sugar. I assumed that the wort and sugar would mix evenly as the bucket filled. Guess it couldn't...
Forum: American Ale 01-09-2012, 04:31 PM
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Posted By Big-J2000
Brewed up a partial boil recipe I found on an...

Brewed up a partial boil recipe I found on an earlier post for the in-laws, and it was a hit! I do have one question. I used 4oz of corn sugar to carbonate and bottled on 12/12/11 and I'm getting...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-12-2011, 08:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By Big-J2000
That's my plan :D Going to check on Saturday. I...

That's my plan :D Going to check on Saturday. I may have to check and see if WF sells their organic juice in smaller containers. I'm thinking about backsweetening with some of the same juice that...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-10-2011, 09:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By Big-J2000
Check my gravites last night. The one with no...

Check my gravites last night. The one with no sugar came in at 1.012, while the one with sugar was 1.010. That's around 4.9% and 5.9% respectively, assuming the same formula for calculating ABV for...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-03-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By Big-J2000
Dert: I noticed that my stoppers weren't staying...

Dert: I noticed that my stoppers weren't staying in place, so I added the foil to try and keep them from moving. So far they're holding!
Forum: Cider Forum 09-28-2011, 05:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,882
Posted By Big-J2000
I just recently started my first batch of cider...

I just recently started my first batch of cider using store bought juice. I used 2 gallons of Whole Food's 100% Apple Juice and split a packet of Safale-04 between the two. The one on the left I...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-26-2011, 08:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By Big-J2000
Well I finally did it! I used 2 gallons of Whole...

Well I finally did it! I used 2 gallons of Whole Food's Organic Apple Juice and one packet of Safale-04 split between the two. The jug on the left has only the yeast added, OG of 1.049. The one on...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-08-2011, 09:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,364
Posted By Big-J2000
I brewed an AHS Cream Ale kit earlier this year...

I brewed an AHS Cream Ale kit earlier this year that had the "twang" in it, but I did add all of the extract at the beginning. I will have to try adding it later next time. Any suggestions on when...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-04-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,364
Posted By Big-J2000
Subscribing to this thread. I would love to hear...

Subscribing to this thread. I would love to hear the answer to this too. My brews thus far have been extract with steeping grains. I try to keep the fermentation temp between 68* and 72*, but have...
Forum: Introductions 07-06-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 592
Posted By Big-J2000
I'm travelling to the Port Huron area next week. ...

I'm travelling to the Port Huron area next week. Any suggestions on local or regional beers I should get my hands on? Also, has anyone been to Quay St. Brewing Co. & Restaurant?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-29-2011, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Big-J2000
"Appreciate" I mean :drunk:

"Appreciate" I mean :drunk:
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-29-2011, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Big-J2000
Awesome, thanks guys! :D I apprecciate the...

Awesome, thanks guys! :D I apprecciate the help. Good to know I can come on here to get my questions answered.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-28-2011, 03:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Big-J2000
Help with refractometer reading

I need a little help deciphering a refractometer reading. My current batch is a Brewer's Best Belgian Tripel kit. Before I pitched, the reading was 1.080 (was supposed to be 1.083). When I...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-16-2011, 02:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,106
Posted By Big-J2000
That's what worries me. I guess if I had to I...

That's what worries me. I guess if I had to I could use some plastic twist-ties to anchor them to the sides of the rack.

I'll be doing my first test batches next month (2 1 gal. batches using...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-09-2011, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,106
Posted By Big-J2000
How is this done?

How is this done?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-07-2011, 09:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 283
Posted By Big-J2000
Breweris or brewpubs to visit in Port Huron, MI area

My wife and I are planning a visit to Port Huron, MI this July (with a possible jaunt over the border to Canada), and I was wondering if anyone knew of some great local or regional beer we should try...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 06-02-2011, 10:23 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 314
Posted By Big-J2000
Looking for beer destinations in the Port Huron, MI area

My wife and I are planning a visit to Port Huron, MI this July (with a possible jaunt over the border to Canada), and I was wondering if anyone knew of some great local beer we should try or...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 05-27-2011, 02:46 PM
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Views: 114,638
Posted By Big-J2000
Consider me entered!!

Consider me entered!!
Forum: Cider Forum 05-23-2011, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By Big-J2000
Great! Thank you so much for the information! I...

Great! Thank you so much for the information! I will let you know how it goes.

And may I say that this has been a great first experience with this forum :D
Forum: Cider Forum 05-20-2011, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By Big-J2000
Thanks for the welcome! Shaking to oxidize...

Thanks for the welcome!

Shaking to oxidize does make sense. I'm worried about contamination from the sugar. Normally when I dissolve priming sugar (3 batches of beer under my belt so far!), I...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-20-2011, 09:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By Big-J2000
Adding sugar pre-fermentation

I've been surfing various threads and websites to learn how to make a basic cider and one question eludes me. According to makinghardcider.com (http://www.makinghardcider.com/) you can add 1/4 cup...
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