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Forum: Mead 05-19-2014, 05:05 PM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
No, I didn't adding any clarifying agents, I just...

No, I didn't adding any clarifying agents, I just let it sit for a long time. It really cleared well on its own.
I've finally gathered up the 3 bottles of Trader Joe's tart cherry juice and 6...
Forum: Oregon HomeBrew Forum 04-16-2014, 11:05 PM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Well guys, I unfortunately had to move back to...

Well guys, I unfortunately had to move back to Houston for work, so my ~10 gallons will be donated to you guys.
I'll still be going to Portland once a year or so, but there is no way I can...
Forum: Sake Forum 04-16-2014, 11:02 PM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Thought I would add some info on a recent...

Thought I would add some info on a recent experience I had with my rice wine.
I made several batches just over a year ago and one of them I pasteurized with a canning jar and then left it in the...
Forum: Mead 04-16-2014, 10:53 PM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Sorry for such a late reply- I've been moving...

Sorry for such a late reply- I've been moving across the country...
I just had 3qts total of juice and the honey.



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Forum: Mead 04-16-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Trader Joe's Cherry Mead

Thought I would follow up with a pic of the finished mead and thoughts on the tasting.
My goal was to get this fairly dry, the last thing I wanted was something that tasted like cherry cough syrup....
Forum: Mead 09-10-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Yeah it is, it really turned out a deep red...

Yeah it is, it really turned out a deep red color. Maybe from using a juice instead of fruit (not sure). It was 100% juice though with no color added.

Looks much better than my very first...
Forum: Mead 09-06-2013, 05:58 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
I started this 1 gallon batch in a 2 gallon...

I started this 1 gallon batch in a 2 gallon plastic bucket so I would have room to stir. I just used a large stainless spatula to stir during the first half of the fermentation (so to around 1.050...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 09-05-2013, 10:46 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Finally have a keg open to rack this into, I...

Finally have a keg open to rack this into, I brewed this on 8/4/13 (1 month ago) and used Belle Saison yeast, excited to finally get to try this out soon.
Forum: Mead 09-05-2013, 10:32 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Forgot to add the picture onto the post. This...

Forgot to add the picture onto the post. This was my second batch of mead and first to put into 375ml bottles. Love them.
Forum: Mead 09-05-2013, 10:28 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Trader Joe's Cherry Mead

I couldn't resist giving this a shot after seeing the bottles of 100% Cherry Juice and Tart Cherry Juice (no preservatives) at Trader Joe's this spring.

My goal was to get this in the dry range...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-05-2013, 10:11 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Here is the basic recipe I used. 2...

Here is the basic recipe I used.


2 quarts Trader Joe’s 100% Cherry Juice (15 Brix)
1 quart Trader Joe’s 100% Tart Cherry Juice (14 Brix)
1 lb Clover Honey (Costco) added to obtain 25B...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-03-2013, 11:57 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Bottled my second mead, elsewhere I had listed it...

Bottled my second mead, elsewhere I had listed it as my first but I mentally blocked out my Cranberry mead from last year that lost all color and was nearly clear (see post #779 in this thread from...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 08-30-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
A stuck sparge is an issue for non-BIAB brewers,...

A stuck sparge is an issue for non-BIAB brewers, but my understanding was that there is still a chance to leach tannins/astringent flavors from excessively crushed grain (shredded husks). Granted...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 08-29-2013, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 850
Posted By Ibrewaletx
I usually do a 60 minute mash. I've seen...

I usually do a 60 minute mash. I've seen references of longer mashes for lower mash temps (< 149F etc) but typically don't do them myself.

There should be nothing about a thinner mash requiring a...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 08-29-2013, 05:31 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
One of the changes I've found in doing BIAB that...

One of the changes I've found in doing BIAB that helps is to crush a little finer. This allows me to get my efficiencies higher than a normal crush, my original batches of BIAB I ended up with only...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-29-2013, 04:20 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
That is true with most if not all Saison yeasts...

That is true with most if not all Saison yeasts isn't it? Or are some more peppery/estery at a lower temp?
Forum: Oregon HomeBrew Forum 08-26-2013, 03:42 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 11,635
Posted By Ibrewaletx
No problem, enjoyed hearing about the pitch day...

No problem, enjoyed hearing about the pitch day that I missed (my share was there ahead of time, I was out of town) and tasting a sample. I agree, slight bit of funk and a little bitterness- very...
Forum: Oregon HomeBrew Forum 08-24-2013, 08:36 PM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
I have 5 gallons of angel share ready and can...

I have 5 gallons of angel share ready and can bring by tomorrow- I just replied to your PM as well.

Jerry
Forum: English Brown Ale 08-20-2013, 05:42 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 87,010
Posted By Ibrewaletx
Yeah, I'm not going to do it. I had S-04 but...

Yeah, I'm not going to do it. I had S-04 but still will pass on that as well until I can get it into the 60's easily. I have nightmares of my earlier brewing days in Houston and some of the...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 08-20-2013, 05:33 AM
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Posted By Ibrewaletx
Well since azscoob called me out on his Reapers...

Well since azscoob called me out on his Reapers Mild thread as needing to just brew up his Cottage Saison since I complained of the warmth and keeping ferment temps down, here is a link to my 3...
Forum: English Brown Ale 08-20-2013, 04:53 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 87,010
Posted By Ibrewaletx
Actually I have (on August 4th)! It is pretty...

Actually I have (on August 4th)! It is pretty much ready to put into the keg as soon as I finish off the Sour Mash Berliner Weiss!
Forum: DIY Projects 08-20-2013, 02:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,791
Posted By Ibrewaletx
I just brew with a 8gal pot and batch sparge from...

I just brew with a 8gal pot and batch sparge from a 48qt cooler- I heat up my water (HLT) in a 5 gallon stainless pot borrowed from the kitchen. I am looking to set up something that is a real...
Forum: English Brown Ale 08-20-2013, 12:35 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 87,010
Posted By Ibrewaletx
I second that! I really need to get a...

I second that! I really need to get a fermentation chamber- my basement is still 71F and I'm in Portland OR! It's been Saison brewing for a while now but I might do the old wet Tshirt method just...
Forum: English Brown Ale 08-19-2013, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,208
Posted By Ibrewaletx
Excellent, thanks for all the information &...

Excellent, thanks for all the information & tasting notes! I may give one of these a shot as I start brewing up some Mild's soon.
Forum: DIY Projects 08-19-2013, 10:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,791
Posted By Ibrewaletx
Putting a pricing sheet together for this project...

Putting a pricing sheet together for this project for myself - costs add up quickly but quite honestly I can piecemeal a lot of it and still get use out of the equipment as I move forward.

nyx,...
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