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Forum: Mead 05-02-2014, 01:24 AM
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Posted By DarthBeer
I'm wondering if the yeast is the reason it's not...

I'm wondering if the yeast is the reason it's not clearing the way others have said. I've started another batch with wyeast mead yeast. For that batch I added the zest, juice, and pulp instead of the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-28-2014, 01:28 AM
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Posted By DarthBeer
This yeast (wyeast sweet mead) is actually...

This yeast (wyeast sweet mead) is actually bubbling along much better than the previous batch which was not frozen. Although that yeast the redstar champagne dry yeast. That maybe common between dry...
Forum: Mead 04-27-2014, 02:56 AM
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Posted By DarthBeer
Would racking to another container help with...

Would racking to another container help with clearing?
After three months there is no fruit drop or clearing.
I'm wondering if a factor in that might be that I used red star champagne yeast...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-22-2014, 10:15 AM
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Posted By DarthBeer
Frozen yeast :(

I'm pretty sure I know the answer but thought I ask to make sure.
I accidentally put a package of liquid yeast in a freezer for a few hours. Is this recoverable or just toss the pack and go get...
Forum: Mead 04-21-2014, 07:06 PM
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Posted By DarthBeer
Thanks. I'll look up that calculator. I would...

Thanks. I'll look up that calculator. I would think that a whole pack of the Wyeast plus energizer would volcano out of the airlock in a one gallon jug. It certainly wouldn't need a starter. :D
Forum: Mead 04-20-2014, 04:54 AM
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Posted By DarthBeer
Is the Wyeast sweet mead package too much for a 1...

Is the Wyeast sweet mead package too much for a 1 gallon batch? Maybe split the package between two 1 gallon batches?
Forum: Mead Forum 03-21-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By DarthBeer
Thanks for replying. I wondered about the...

Thanks for replying. I wondered about the airlock. I'm using a plastic one gallon lid with a hole in it that I got from the LHBS with a airlock stuck into it. I got it as smug as I thought I could...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-21-2014, 06:33 AM
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Views: 283
Posted By DarthBeer
Yes. The first picture. I'm not sure if that's...

Yes. The first picture. I'm not sure if that's just left over fromthe kreusen or if it's actually a mold growing on it. Being the first attempt at mead, I'm not entirely sure what to expect.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-21-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By DarthBeer
Does this look right?

I started a couple gallons of the JOAM recipe two months ago. I'm wondering if this looks right. One of the bottles has a kind of moldy look. I've also seen mention that the fruit is supposed to sink...
Forum: Soda Making 12-02-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 35,832
Posted By DarthBeer
Sam's sells a picnic tap like adapter that can...

Sam's sells a picnic tap like adapter that can connect directly to non-coke bag in boxes.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-11-2012, 12:16 PM
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Posted By DarthBeer
I've used vodka in the airlock for awhile now....

I've used vodka in the airlock for awhile now. Smirnoff for the airlock and Imperia for drinking.
In the rare case there is some small amount that makes it from the airlock into the beer, I'd...
Forum: Soda Making 11-05-2012, 04:32 PM
Replies: 51
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Posted By DarthBeer
I've thought of that too. It wouldn't be hard to...

I've thought of that too. It wouldn't be hard to add a valve to the box to get syrup out of it. You can find the connector online that screws to the syrup bag. Then add a piece of hose with a little...
Forum: Soda Making 03-26-2012, 11:11 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By DarthBeer
Corny keg in place of a carbonator.

Could anyone give advise on the effectiveness and safety of using a corney keg in a post mix system instead of a carbonator. I have a 5 valve post mix system with soda pumps, but no carbonator or...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-21-2012, 02:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 574
Posted By DarthBeer
Negative ABV from a wine kit?

I just finished a Spagnols wine kit and ready to bottle. The starting and final OG I'm showing match the expected gravity shown in the kit directions. Although when I calculate the ABV I'm getting an...
Forum: Cider 02-13-2012, 08:22 PM
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Posted By DarthBeer
Is there an advantage to stove pasteurization vs...

Is there an advantage to stove pasteurization vs using potassiun sorbate to stop the fermentation?
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-15-2011, 01:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By DarthBeer
It might not be noticable from the pic, but to me...

It might not be noticable from the pic, but to me it looks like spray insulation foam. It formed in about a day.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-15-2011, 12:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By DarthBeer
I never seen anything like that with beer. This...

I never seen anything like that with beer. This is my first wine kit.
The LHBS I got it from was puzzled by it also. They're going to email the pic to the supplier and see if they've seen anything...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-14-2011, 11:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By DarthBeer
Here's a video to go along with the pics. ...

Here's a video to go along with the pics.
Unknown formation in wine better bottle - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuhgP9B-NJI&feature=youtu.be)
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-14-2011, 05:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By DarthBeer
Here's a couple pics. My first guess would be a...

Here's a couple pics. My first guess would be a yeast formation. Although i've never seen one on top before.

This was perfectly clear tuesday morning, and an hour ago I looked in on it again and...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-14-2011, 04:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By DarthBeer
Can anyone tell her if it's normal to have a foam...

Can anyone tell her if it's normal to have a foam looking material appear on top of the wine after clearing?

This it's my first wine kit. Spagnols strawberry reisling kit. Everything looked clear...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-05-2011, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 915
Posted By DarthBeer
Thats what it sounds like from the description....

Thats what it sounds like from the description. They don't have a cut away image to tell much about it.
Forum: DIY Projects 09-05-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 915
Posted By DarthBeer
That's the first I've heard of a one way keg....

That's the first I've heard of a one way keg. Here's a link to pics and a pdf brochure for them.

http://www.schaeferkegs.com/recyclable_one_use_keg.php

I would think that if the material is...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-05-2011, 04:15 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 45,465
Posted By DarthBeer
Some people have mentioned that the cartridges...

Some people have mentioned that the cartridges they are using don't piece or seal properly. The cartridges I've gotten from the LHBS haven't had those problems though. You might try putting something...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-18-2011, 09:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By DarthBeer
i think I'm missing something in the math here. ...

i think I'm missing something in the math here.
Given the cider is 1.000, and the juice is 1.050. That's a difference of 50 points. The target is 1..020 which is a 30 point difference between the...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-18-2011, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By DarthBeer
Backsweetening calculations?

Does anyone know of a formula or calculator for calculating the amount of backsweetening needed to bring a cider to a given gravity?

I have a cider that has a 1.000 gravity and I want to raise it...
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