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Forum: Mead 10-04-2012, 05:14 PM
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Posted By mgayer
So how is it going??

So how is it going??
Forum: Mead 10-04-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
Check the gravity of the juice! Just replace...

Check the gravity of the juice! Just replace juice for some of the water to get the gravity close the the OG of the recipe. If you need to top off when racking use the juice. 6 gallons of juice...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-20-2012, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,629
Posted By mgayer
I agree with Gratus, you should try it with an...

I agree with Gratus, you should try it with an ale yeast. I started using safbrew yeast and am very pleased with the results. I still get a good 10.5% to 11% alcohol and am bottled or kegged in about...
Forum: Mead 07-12-2012, 01:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,368
Posted By mgayer
Info

One packet of yeast is enough to do a 5 gallon batch. I have used multiple packet just to increase the amount of yeast at the begining but it is not required. When the nutrients are added in steps in...
Forum: Mead 07-12-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
Adding Blueberries

Good idea. I have started adding more blueberries to this as the difference in sweetness and flavor change yearly with the blueberries. A puree works nice in a secondary to improve the blueberry...
Forum: Mead 02-22-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
Try a cyser. You don't need the large amount of...

Try a cyser. You don't need the large amount of honey to get a nice sweet flavor. Use a Lalvin D-47 yeast, as it works well. I am at work but you will need to add a bit of nutrients and a bit of...
Forum: Alabama HomeBrew Forum 02-22-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 9,681
Posted By mgayer
For all interested a new LHBS has opened in...

For all interested a new LHBS has opened in Montgomery. It's call Fairview Homebrew!
Forum: Wine 05-03-2011, 04:18 AM
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Posted By mgayer
Update

Hello all! Remember this is a wine not a cider, Apfelwien is a German cider. Depending on the apples you use will adjust the ABV and ending sweetness, you can test different apple juices and see the...
Forum: Mead 05-03-2011, 03:51 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
Secondary Blueberries

Hello all! Glad to hear everyone is enjoying this. I have found it a great addition to have berries in the secondary as long as possible. It will impart more flavor to a point and then the tannins in...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-29-2010, 08:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 988
Posted By mgayer
Please keep looking until you find more suitable...

Please keep looking until you find more suitable kinds. Different kinds of honey will impart different flavors, colors and taste. When I make Melomels I do not worry as much with buying the more...
Forum: Mead 09-29-2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
My last 2 batches aged for a year in bulk after...

My last 2 batches aged for a year in bulk after it finished and then bottled. It does smooth out a bunch.
Forum: Mead 08-17-2009, 09:26 PM
Replies: 144
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Posted By mgayer
don't shake or stir! The yeast is still suspended...

don't shake or stir! The yeast is still suspended in the must and will get to the honey. I like to add the honey to the carboy and rack on top of it. It will get it mixed a bit better that way. Wish...
Forum: Mead 04-29-2009, 04:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,368
Posted By mgayer
Yes, bananas do not part with their flavor near...

Yes, bananas do not part with their flavor near as well as other fruits, adding the bananas to the secondary help get more flavor extracted.

All the yeast is added at the begining! The energizer...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-20-2008, 01:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By mgayer
About the closest your going to get is a a good...

About the closest your going to get is a a good polish mead. I found this stuff at a polish store in the Chicago burbs. I now get a few bottles every time I am up that way. It does have a nice spice...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-20-2008, 01:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,352
Posted By mgayer
There is not really a way to settle the yeast out...

There is not really a way to settle the yeast out unless you filter it out. Basically when you try to cold crash a milky must on a stuck fermentation you just kept everything suspended. The little...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2008, 04:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,879
Posted By mgayer
Hello all, Flyweed thanks for trying my Blueberry...

Hello all, Flyweed thanks for trying my Blueberry Melomel. One of the great things about D-47 is it's ability to surpass it's max % when you use step additions over time. With this receipe it will...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2008, 03:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,352
Posted By mgayer
I don't know about it being the king but it is my...

I don't know about it being the king but it is my most used yeast. However if I use any tropical fruits I don't like the flavor D-47 imparts. Each yeast is designed to produce differing esters, the...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2008, 02:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,352
Posted By mgayer
Have you seen any change in the SG? Rack it and...

Have you seen any change in the SG? Rack it and hit it with some campden and get it at a good 68 - 74 temp and watch it for the next few weeks.
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2008, 02:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 988
Posted By mgayer
Yep! I agree with Tusch. I much prefer to bulk...

Yep! I agree with Tusch. I much prefer to bulk age it all. I know this ties up the carboys but if you are not planning to drink it young then you will notice slight differences after the years go by.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-30-2008, 01:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By mgayer
Adding the strawberries to the secondary will...

Adding the strawberries to the secondary will give more intense flavors for some things. This however will not raise or increase the flavor very much. However, I would say that trying half of the...
Forum: Mead 06-26-2008, 12:01 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
It is better each time. Just popped a cork last...

It is better each time. Just popped a cork last weekend and it is almost perfect. The slick sweet has diminished and it is toned down. It is not a dessert wine sweet but close. The blueberry flavor...
Forum: Mead 06-26-2008, 11:28 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
Rack and let it sit a few more months. You didn't...

Rack and let it sit a few more months. You didn't say what the ABV is or what kind of yeast you used. The lees should be very compact and if you used D-47 yeast there should be no problem with aging...
Forum: Mead 05-06-2008, 11:58 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
Great idea YooperBrew. I've been out of the loop...

Great idea YooperBrew. I've been out of the loop for a bit but not slowing on the batches.
Forum: Mead 05-06-2008, 11:46 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 70,000
Posted By mgayer
Blow Off

Blueberries expand massively! I cover the carboy with a towel for the first 10 days to let the yeast get O2 and if I did not have it tied on it would have pushed the berries out. You will need a lot...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-27-2007, 01:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,256
Posted By mgayer
Actually, and I am one of those dressed walking...

Actually, and I am one of those dressed walking around Ren goers every weekend, a matter of a few days would be about right for the peasant brews. Even the pubs did not sit aside a brew for extended...
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