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Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-29-2012, 11:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,898
Posted By khiddy
Resurrecting the thread, I can only say: I did...

Resurrecting the thread, I can only say: I did this yesterday, and it saved me $12 over buying one at the LHBS. I cut it to fit the mouth of my Better Bottle, and it worked perfectly when used....
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-27-2012, 03:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,811
Posted By khiddy
I've got a batch of the Vino Italiano Rosso...

I've got a batch of the Vino Italiano Rosso Magnifico (their "Super Tuscan") that I made not to volume, but to SG of 1.090 - it came out at 5.3gal in primary. I also used Lalvin Bourgovin RC212...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-20-2012, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,102
Posted By khiddy
It could just be off-gassing. The bubbler is not...

It could just be off-gassing. The bubbler is not the definitive indicator that fermentation is complete: the hydrometer will tell you. If you take readings on three consecutive days and it reads the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-20-2012, 05:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 938
Posted By khiddy
No, "let ferment dry" means let it go as-is until...

No, "let ferment dry" means let it go as-is until the yeasts have eaten all the sugars, so that it tastes dry (versus sweet or "off-dry", i.e., there should be no residual sugar left).

If you have...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-20-2012, 02:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By khiddy
Thanks for the recommendations! I'm...

Thanks for the recommendations! I'm procrastinating working on a paper that's due tomorrow, so I think I'll rack some wine instead!
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-19-2012, 11:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By khiddy
My 1st kit is underway: RdC Amarone - Questions

My first batch of kit wine has been underway since the start of the month (19 days now), and I thought I'd follow Jack's Extended Kit instructions. One thing he didn't list was the use of bentonite...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-19-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 353
Posted By khiddy
Wait. The heat will die down. Eventually. Or...

Wait. The heat will die down. Eventually.

Or leave it as-is, keg it, and mix with fresh lemonade as you serve. that will kick up the lemon flavor and tone down the hooch-taste at the same time...
Forum: Soda Making 04-17-2012, 06:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By khiddy
I have and use one, and can confirm that you will...

I have and use one, and can confirm that you will go through 2-3 chargers to serve a keg. You do indeed need to carb the keg either with sugar or force-carb with a full-size tank/regulator, but this...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-05-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,076
Posted By khiddy
Degass using Food Saver.... brilliant! Now...

Degass using Food Saver.... brilliant!

Now you got me thinking...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-05-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,394
Posted By khiddy
Let me lead off with this warning: I don't have...

Let me lead off with this warning: I don't have enough experience as a vintner to provide a definitive answer, but here are a few thoughts to consider:

*Most kits start with 6 gallons in...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-05-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 516
Posted By khiddy
Is it possible to cold-crash the carboy and rack...

Is it possible to cold-crash the carboy and rack off to another carboy to speed things along a bit? I have the space in a fridge to do so, but would it work?
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-22-2012, 03:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,111
Posted By khiddy
I've not used Steinberg. I have a batch going...

I've not used Steinberg. I have a batch going where I'm using Saflager 34/70, fermenting in the mid-50's. It's happily bubbling away, so I have every reason to believe we're gonna get booze.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-04-2012, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,070
Posted By khiddy
Thanks for the link, Airplanedoc! I've been...

Thanks for the link, Airplanedoc! I've been looking for a method to clean my corny kegs that I left a bit of IPA in for a year, and just can't quite get my hand inside, nor was Oxyclean working for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-04-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By khiddy
About the IBU calculation method, what is the...

About the IBU calculation method, what is the consensus on which one is more accurate? I mean, Tinseth, Rager, Garetz, which one will produce the best prediction of just how bitter my beer will be...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-04-2012, 04:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,110
Posted By khiddy
Well of course I probably didn't pitch enough...

Well of course I probably didn't pitch enough yeast - one vial, no starter. About 24hrs lag time before bubbling, I was really close to pitching a second yeast when I saw the first bubbles.

So,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-04-2012, 04:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,709
Posted By khiddy
You can certainly perform the initial...

You can certainly perform the initial fermentation without an airtight lid (heck, I've heard of people just bungeeing a garbage bag over a bucket), but, no matter how much of a believer you are in...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-04-2012, 02:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,110
Posted By khiddy
Well, answering my own question, this one is...

Well, answering my own question, this one is actually a slow fermenter when fermenting in the mid-to-upper 50's, similar to a lager pace. I took a reading on Friday, and my beer which started at...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-03-2012, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,739
Posted By khiddy
According to John Palmer in "How to Brew",...

According to John Palmer in "How to Brew", speaking specifically about starters/first fermentation,

"Yeast Nutrient or Energizer - The name can vary, but the intent is a mixture of di-ammonium...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-03-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,718
Posted By khiddy
I have been told that Brita (and similar...

I have been told that Brita (and similar charcoal-based) filters do not remove Chloramine, which is what most municipal water supplies use these days rather than Chlorine (which is caustic to pipes...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-02-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By khiddy
Ask away, james. Sometimes it takes a thick skin...

Ask away, james. Sometimes it takes a thick skin around here, but you're in a safe space. There are no dumb questions, just dumb responders. :D
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-02-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,110
Posted By khiddy
Any insight on how fast a fermenter the WLP810...

Any insight on how fast a fermenter the WLP810 is? I have a batch chugging away, has been in the upper 50's for the last week (after starting at 64 and dropping down to as low as 52) - this is day 10...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-02-2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,106
Posted By khiddy
That's a pretty sweet brew log, scoundrel!

That's a pretty sweet brew log, scoundrel!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-02-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 893
Posted By khiddy
I think you're right, althea, on calculating the...

I think you're right, althea, on calculating the IBUs - the stated amount on the can is what you can expect when reconstituted as a 5-gallon batch. So if you use 2 cans of 30IBUs each, you should...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-02-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 782
Posted By khiddy
You might add 4oz of Melanoidin Malt if you can...

You might add 4oz of Melanoidin Malt if you can get it (it's by Weyermann) - that will bring the maltiness forward. As I am led to believe, the maltiness of Bavarian-style brews comes from their...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-02-2012, 08:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By khiddy
Correct. Don't add water.

Correct. Don't add water.
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