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Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 11:20 PM
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Posted By fastenova
PS - I dosed it with a smashed up campden tablet,...

PS - I dosed it with a smashed up campden tablet, then went with Safale S-04 and because the press broke during initial use, we ended up just using our awesome juicer to get the juice outta the...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 11:12 PM
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Posted By fastenova
Understood that the apples need to be in a...

Understood that the apples need to be in a smaller/weaker form. I do not know what you mean by 'cheeses', but the apples were in a nylon mesh bag (meant for fruit pressing) and there was not a very...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 08:37 PM
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Posted By fastenova
So I made cider this past weekend and it was a...

So I made cider this past weekend and it was a miserable failure, the press was at least. I'd like some input on my presssing process as I may have just done it wrong or something. Not sure what to...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-26-2012, 07:58 PM
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Posted By fastenova
Is there a need to filter the juice before it...

Is there a need to filter the juice before it goes into the fermenter, or does the cheesecloth handle that for you? Also ideas on the type of store to get a piece of cheesecloth large enough, or can...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-26-2012, 05:34 PM
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Posted By fastenova
This came out good. I ended up making a vanilla...

This came out good. I ended up making a vanilla extract with about 8 oz of vodka and 6 vanilla beans cut into pieces. I added about 3 tablespoons of this extract to the batch after I kegged it, and...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-26-2012, 05:14 PM
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Posted By fastenova
Rebuilding press, have lots of apples, need help making fresh cider

Hey everyone! I've been making mead for several years, beer for about a year, and have a pretty strong understanding of fermentation in general. I recently acquired a press that was mostly rotted...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-04-2012, 05:46 PM
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Posted By fastenova
Hmm, yeah, good point, I suppose in commercial...

Hmm, yeah, good point, I suppose in commercial setups they don't have to worry about yeast at all. Personally I wouldn't worry about actually eliminating headspace, as the beer would be falling into...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-04-2012, 04:56 PM
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Posted By fastenova
Here is what you need to do: This will greatly...

Here is what you need to do: This will greatly simplify things for you... Make up a short line with the same diameter tubing as the rest of your system. Put a gas QD on one end, and a liquid QD on...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-17-2012, 03:37 PM
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Posted By fastenova
OK, well I ended up brewing this weekend, here's...

OK, well I ended up brewing this weekend, here's the recipe I came up with:

8.0 lbs 2-row
1.5 lbs Victory
1.5 lbs Flaked Oats
1.0 lbs Malted Oats
1.0 lbs Biscuit
1.0 lbs Rice Hulls

3.5 lbs...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-11-2012, 09:00 PM
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Posted By fastenova
'Non-spiced' Pumpkin Ale

I would like to make a pumpkin ale but am not trying for the traditional "Pumpkin Pie" ale - I want to taste a bit more of the pumpkin than the cloves, nutmeg, allspice, etc. cover up a bit.

I was...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-31-2012, 06:25 PM
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Posted By fastenova
I think he is wrong. There is nothing wrong with...

I think he is wrong. There is nothing wrong with keg carbing. The only downside is you end up with yeast sediment from the fermentation in your keg (although pretty minimal compared to the yeast in...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-31-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By fastenova
So, thanks for the replies. I guess I assumed...

So, thanks for the replies. I guess I assumed that if it was overcarb'd it would be foaming as it came out of the faucet, not as it left the keg. Seeing foam in the beer line is a little weird to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-31-2012, 12:31 AM
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Posted By fastenova
Could incomplete initial fermentation cause foaming between keg and faucet?

Hey there,

So a friend of mine brewed a golden ale with oats recently. He put it in the keg without taking any gravity readings, and I personally think he kegged it too early (this may or may not...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-30-2012, 04:44 PM
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Posted By fastenova
I love Oregon. Sorry other states, but we're...

I love Oregon. Sorry other states, but we're awesome.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-30-2012, 04:00 PM
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Posted By fastenova
I'd be happy to drink while lifting, but it's the...

I'd be happy to drink while lifting, but it's the cardio that worries me. Nothing like running three miles with homebrew sloshing around in your stomach, getting a sideache, then puking up that...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-30-2012, 03:50 PM
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Posted By fastenova
I have had chronic back pain for the last two...

I have had chronic back pain for the last two years with nothing helping the pain long-term (nerve ablations, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiro, etc.) and started brewing in January of this year....
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-28-2012, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By fastenova
Yeah I don't like too much roast flavor in there,...

Yeah I don't like too much roast flavor in there, but that is just my preference. FWIW I added 1/8 lb of black patent malt to the above recipe and I don't believe that impacted the flavor at all,...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-28-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By fastenova
My first brew was a SN Porter clone, extract w/...

My first brew was a SN Porter clone, extract w/ specialty grains. We taste-tested alongside the real thing and it was close, only BETTER. I had several friends over to try it and they all agreed...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-24-2012, 04:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By fastenova
Also, this finished out at 1.012. Since this is...

Also, this finished out at 1.012. Since this is an extract recipe and I can't mash higher to give me a higher FG, what could I do if I wanted it to end up a couple of points higher? Use a slightly...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-24-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By fastenova
So I brewed this and it's done fermenting, I...

So I brewed this and it's done fermenting, I kegged it last night and tasted today. It's good but I think not quite malty enough to balance the hops and smoke. I like the amount of smoke a lot, I...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-15-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,182
Posted By fastenova
Gross. I consider myself a man's man in most...

Gross. I consider myself a man's man in most ways, I love getting greasy working on cars, I like house projects from plumbing to roofing to electrical, love beer, scotch, and cigars, but there is no...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-14-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,028
Posted By fastenova
Thanks a lot for adding that, I'll have to read...

Thanks a lot for adding that, I'll have to read up on it - I think you're right about chlorine evaporating, I had assumed (oops) that it was the same for chloramine! Thankfully my city doesn't add...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-14-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,028
Posted By fastenova
Have you tried any recipes with late extract...

Have you tried any recipes with late extract addition? It will allow for higher hop utilization as well so be sure to take that into account or you'll end up with bitterer beers than anticipated. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-14-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,028
Posted By fastenova
You could start pasteurizing and filtering your...

You could start pasteurizing and filtering your homebrew, that would make it taste much much more like commercial beer as a lot of it is filtered (obvious exceptions are hefs and belgian ales, and...
Forum: Smoke & Wood-Aged Beer 08-10-2012, 12:40 AM
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Views: 12,794
Posted By fastenova
So any thoughts on whether this is going to be...

So any thoughts on whether this is going to be 'ruined' (not as tasty as it ought to be) at all by the super long mash? i.e. long mash = more fermentable wort = drier finished product. Alchemist,...
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