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Forum: Mead Forum 09-29-2013, 04:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,239
Posted By TomTwanks
Bringing this thread back alive since Apple Pie...

Bringing this thread back alive since Apple Pie Day is this upcoming Saturday. I talked to Candi, the head mead maker at Bros Drake and they actually have a "how to make Apple Pie" tutorial at noon...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-24-2013, 04:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By TomTwanks
I did stabilize with sulphite/sorbate about 6...

I did stabilize with sulphite/sorbate about 6 days ago. I most likely should have added that my FG was 0.996. I definitely agree that taste is better than numbers, but how do you fully incorporate...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-24-2013, 03:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By TomTwanks
How much honey to backsweeten?

Hey guys, I've read quite a few different threads on this and just wanna see if this is a decent amount to backsweeten. Note recently stabilized this.

Background on my mead
14.5 lbs orange...
Forum: Wheat and Rye Beer 03-25-2013, 06:36 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 81,248
Posted By TomTwanks
Hey, thanks for the recipe. I used something...

Hey, thanks for the recipe. I used something similar but 6# wheat dme, a little different steeping grains and wlp 380 ( American hefe ale). I was thinking of doing a twist with dry hopping it with...
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-15-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 256,443
Posted By TomTwanks
Did you take in consideration the calibration of...

Did you take in consideration the calibration of your hydrometer? I think most are set for 60 degrees for an accurate reading.
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-13-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 256,443
Posted By TomTwanks
I didn't literally shakers carboy, though I did...

I didn't literally shakers carboy, though I did swirl it pretty well.
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-12-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 256,443
Posted By TomTwanks
And just an FYI. It literally stopped bubbling...

And just an FYI. It literally stopped bubbling the minute after I shook up the carboy. Doesn't make much sense to me
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-12-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 256,443
Posted By TomTwanks
Question guys - Two days in my blow off was...

Question guys -

Two days in my blow off was bubbling hard and consistent. I took off the blow off tube, shook up the carboy real nice, and put a airlock on. It stopped bubbling and hasn't start...
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-05-2013, 07:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,900
Posted By TomTwanks
Ordered some from hopsshack,com . 2,75 an oz, no...

Ordered some from hopsshack,com . 2,75 an oz, no limit
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-04-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 256,443
Posted By TomTwanks
Brewing the extract version up next week with...

Brewing the extract version up next week with wyeast 1968 and galaxy hops instead of citra. Hoping this doesn't turn out too sweet after reading some reviews on the yeast. Seems to have polarizing...
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-04-2013, 12:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,900
Posted By TomTwanks
Where did you order your galaxy from? I'm in dire...

Where did you order your galaxy from? I'm in dire need!
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-02-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 256,443
Posted By TomTwanks
I corrected the citra AA to 12.4 instead of 12.00...

I corrected the citra AA to 12.4 instead of 12.00 and it boosted my ibus to 55. As far as the mini mash/ steeping grain, I plan on doing them in the low 150s for 45-60 min. Sparge with some water at...
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-02-2013, 07:20 PM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 256,443
Posted By TomTwanks
So I plan on brewing this up Friday - I just put...

So I plan on brewing this up Friday - I just put it in beer smith and the ibus only came out to the low 40s. I'm really new to this program so maybe I put something in wrong but pretty sure I put in...
Forum: Cider 01-02-2013, 03:51 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 33,680
Posted By TomTwanks
Update to this. Fricken awesome, used wlp775...

Update to this.

Fricken awesome, used wlp775 (English cider). Used 4 cinnamon stick. Turned out dry, full of apple and cinnamon flavors, and delicious! Very happy with this recipe!!!
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-24-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 436
Views: 18,947
Posted By TomTwanks
To the OP, I bought my first gun a few months ago...

To the OP, I bought my first gun a few months ago which was a ruger sr40c and its a great pistol. Fun as hell to shoot!
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-24-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 713
Posted By TomTwanks
Gotta work third shift at the hospital then drive...

Gotta work third shift at the hospital then drive 2hours north straight after. It will call for some home brewed porters and ciders, followed by a barrel aged barley wine from Jackie O's. it could...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-19-2012, 05:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,211
Posted By TomTwanks
Also should mention I wasn't expecting it to be...

Also should mention I wasn't expecting it to be amazing but just a different beast. Anyone have similar experiences? I'm thinking of adding more lemon to give it some more tang.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-19-2012, 05:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,211
Posted By TomTwanks
Update - One week into fermentation, some...

Update -

One week into fermentation, some weird flavors going on. Not quite sure how to put it in words but not great or what I thought. Measures 1.020. Blueberries barely if at all detectable....
Forum: Mead Forum 12-15-2012, 03:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,211
Posted By TomTwanks
Thanks guys. It's refreshing having people with...

Thanks guys. It's refreshing having people with words of encouragement. I plan on letting it sitting for about 2-3 months in the primary. Now I won't worry about contamination because my stuff is...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-15-2012, 02:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,211
Posted By TomTwanks
Should I be worried about contamination with the...

Should I be worried about contamination with the berries in the secondary? That's my biggest fear!
Forum: Mead Forum 12-15-2012, 01:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,211
Posted By TomTwanks
Blueberry lemon mead

Hey folks, just was looking for critiques with my recipes and techniques. I brewed up a 5 gallon batch of blueberry lemon mead
Ingredients -
14.5 lbs orange blossom
Topped up to 5 gallons with...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-05-2012, 04:22 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 26,099
Posted By TomTwanks
I have the actual all grain recipe, send me a...

I have the actual all grain recipe, send me a message and ill get it to ya!
Forum: Cider 11-26-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 33,680
Posted By TomTwanks
Just did this exact recipe using motts apple...

Just did this exact recipe using motts apple juice and 30oz of light brown sugar. I'm OG was 1.060. Shouldn't it by higher?

Edit - I mixed it more thoroughly and ended up with a OG of 1.070.
Forum: Cider 11-26-2012, 03:22 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 33,680
Posted By TomTwanks
This sounds great - I've been looking for a solid...

This sounds great - I've been looking for a solid and relatively easy cider to brew up with a new abv..and this fit perfect! How much of the cinnamon came through? Do you think adding an extra stick...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-23-2012, 01:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,787
Posted By TomTwanks
Hey, this might be the stupidest question asked...

Hey, this might be the stupidest question asked on hbt but by dextrose do you mean just simple table sugar or what?
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