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Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-23-2009, 11:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,202
Posted By IrritableGourmet
It's already all gone. I hate harsh wines, but...

It's already all gone. I hate harsh wines, but this had the right combination of flavors and alcohol that made it go down so smoothly. I would compare it to a Long Island Iced Tea for drinkability...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-22-2009, 10:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,202
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Rocket Fuel

I was in the freezer section of my local Wegman's and spied the frozen concentrated juices. On a whim, I bought two cans of Welch's Apple/Grape/Cherry (it was on sale for $1.50 each). Threw it in a 1...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-12-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By IrritableGourmet
I may do it still. I wanted to make a good...

I may do it still. I wanted to make a good "traditional" cider, which I assume means non-carbed. And I definitely will post pics.

On a side note, has anyone tried the Fermtech Wine on Tap system?...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-11-2009, 10:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Unexpectedly fast fermentation

I made a batch of hard cider from fresh pressed juice and Safale S-04 (no added sugar). From a few other threads it said let it sit 7-10 days to get down to 1.010 then cold crash and bottle or let it...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-07-2009, 12:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,143
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Not based on any type of subjective value, but I...

Not based on any type of subjective value, but I do love Google:

http://www.google.com/search?q=(140+dollars+%2F+5+gal)+in+dollars+%2F+750ml
Forum: Cider Forum 10-06-2009, 06:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 15,603
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Now I want to experiment using an ale yeast to...

Now I want to experiment using an ale yeast to make bread...
Forum: Mead 10-03-2009, 02:06 AM
Replies: 296
Views: 94,077
Posted By IrritableGourmet
I just bottled mine today. After getting it all...

I just bottled mine today. After getting it all corked and labeled, I realized I forgot to backsweeten! There was a little left over from the bottling so I took a hydrometer sample (0.998, 12%...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-28-2009, 03:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,275
Posted By IrritableGourmet
I tried making pickles. These were the burpless...

I tried making pickles. These were the burpless cucumbers which are much larger and softer than the pickling kind. The pickles ended up very mushy.

A very fine sandwich I enjoy is sliced cucumbers...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-25-2009, 11:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,058
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Pardon my newbness, but I've been reading Jack...

Pardon my newbness, but I've been reading Jack Keller's site and he has a section on this subject. Apparently you want to have flavor, but not too much flavor or else it will be overpowering. Kinda...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-25-2009, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,275
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Made it. Didn't realize until I had all the...

Made it. Didn't realize until I had all the cucumbers juiced that I only had enough sugar for 1 gallon rather than the 5 I made, so I campdened and added the sugar (10 lb and a can of grape...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-23-2009, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,275
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Cucumber Wine

I planted several cucumber plants at the beginning of summer and they have....overgrown. I now have 11 1/4 lbs of cucumbers sitting on my counter. I can't eat them fast enough so I was considering...
Forum: Wine 09-19-2009, 09:39 PM
Replies: 811
Views: 308,227
Posted By IrritableGourmet
I just started a batch of this except I used...

I just started a batch of this except I used Welch's Grape/Apple/Cherry blend (it was on sale) and light brown sugar (had it on hand) with Cote des Blancs yeast. I didn't take an SG but it's bubbling...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-17-2009, 04:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,279
Posted By IrritableGourmet
K-meta is campden tablets.

K-meta is campden tablets.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-16-2009, 06:18 PM
Replies: 12,361
Views: 2,194,328
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Aaaaaand done!

5418 posts in 17 days. My eyes are bleeding.

My synopsis:

RELAX!

Unless you used your carboy as a latrine you probably won't mess things up. I think only one person in the entire thread had...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-11-2009, 10:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By IrritableGourmet
I've got a few 1 pint canning jars left over....

I've got a few 1 pint canning jars left over. I'll see if they work. Thanks again!
Forum: Cider Forum 09-11-2009, 04:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Ah. Thanks! I was going off a few posts that said...

Ah. Thanks! I was going off a few posts that said to rack onto the sweeteners at the same time as the campden and sorbate. I'll wait for it to finish (only took 5 days for the 5 gallons to go from...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-11-2009, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Fermentation after k-meta/sorbate

I'm making a 5 gallon batch of EdWort's Apfelwein (my first homebrew) and I wanted to try an experiment so I siphoned off a gallon into a PETE water bottle I bought.

Before siphoning, I...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-10-2009, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 689
Posted By IrritableGourmet
My family will drink anything alcoholic, so I'm...

My family will drink anything alcoholic, so I'm not worried about them throwing it away.

Hmmmmm, if I buy 4 buckets I could stagger them so I can bottle and restart each week. 5 gallons a week of...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-09-2009, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,496
Posted By IrritableGourmet
I actually just got a small jar of apple pie...

I actually just got a small jar of apple pie spice which should have enough flavors premixed.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-09-2009, 07:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 689
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Apfelwein question

I started a batch of Ed's Apfelwein last week using 2 packs of EC-1118 and 3 tsp yeast nutrients and the SG has already stabilized one week later. Is the rest of the 4 week wait just clearing or is...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-08-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,496
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Holiday Apfelwein

I'm making my first 5 gal batch of Ed's Apfelwein. I'm planning on racking off a little less than a gallon (space for additives) soon once the fermentation stops, campden and sorbating it, and...
Forum: Mead 09-06-2009, 09:14 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 94,077
Posted By IrritableGourmet
What do you have it in that you were able to add...

What do you have it in that you were able to add a lb of honey and not notice? Are you using a 1 gal container?

Also, how long ago did you start it? If it's fairly new and you have the space you...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-05-2009, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 663
Posted By IrritableGourmet
I just started this Friday and I would like to...

I just started this Friday and I would like to give bottles away as gifts for Christmas. If I wait to bottle until the last minute (I'm planning on Sparkolloiding the first week of December), it...
Forum: Mead 09-05-2009, 07:41 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 94,077
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Hooch? :drunk::drunk::drunk:

Hooch?

:drunk::drunk::drunk:
Forum: Cider Forum 09-05-2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 443
Posted By IrritableGourmet
Also...

...I should confess that some of the hydrometer sample just happened to splash just right to get a small cup or so of cider in my mouth. I cannot say it was a wholly unpleasant experience.
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