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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-11-2013, 02:25 AM
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Posted By TAPPAR
Haven't read through the entire thread however I...

Haven't read through the entire thread however I thought I should tell people about my experience in case it can help anyone :)

I used crosby and bakers yeast energizer since my LHBS didn't have...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-28-2012, 02:52 AM
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Views: 1,377
Posted By TAPPAR
Basement is finished and heated so that wouldn't...

Basement is finished and heated so that wouldn't help anything, and garage is too cold/temperature varies too much :(

The yeast that they recommend is an ale yeast:...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-28-2012, 01:03 AM
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Posted By TAPPAR
I don't have a lagering setup, but the kit...

I don't have a lagering setup, but the kit doesn't call for one. I am thinking I will set this up against a cold window out to the porch to try to keep it as cool as possible while fermenting though....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-27-2012, 06:35 AM
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Posted By TAPPAR
German Alt Beer yeast question

I got a northern brewer German Alt Beer kit for x-mas. Should be fun, not something I would have thought of trying on my own :mug: Question is, it came with dry S-05 ale yeast. The instructions say...
Forum: Cider 12-18-2012, 05:10 PM
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Posted By TAPPAR
I have used concentrate, most of the cheap apple...

I have used concentrate, most of the cheap apple juice you use is actually from concentrate anyway.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-13-2012, 05:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,857
Posted By TAPPAR
So can you guys elaborate more what flavors candi...

So can you guys elaborate more what flavors candi syrup, medium and dark candi sugar will impart?

Also, if you take a recipe with (pulling numbers out of the air) 6 lbs of amber malt extract and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-13-2012, 02:40 AM
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Views: 192
Posted By TAPPAR
Graff only has a VERY light carbonation at 2 weeks

I tried to prime my gallon batch of half Heffeweizen/half graff with about 1/3 cup of apple juice concentrate. It didn't seem to carb much at all and they are at the 2-3 week mark in the bottle. I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-07-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Posted By TAPPAR
Thanks for the suggestions! I suppose I would...

Thanks for the suggestions! I suppose I would want to use just a basic clean fermenting yeast for these so I am not comparing yeast flavors. Any suggestions on that? Nottingham, so4/s05?

While I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-06-2012, 05:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Posted By TAPPAR
What are the essential grains? I need 4-1 gallon SMASH recipies

I am a beginning brewer with a few ciders , graffs, and beers under my belt. I have done a few of them partial mash and I am ready for some all grain. I just bottled 4-1 gal carboys (and 2-5 gal...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,498
Posted By TAPPAR
I haven't ever left it in the carboy for an...

I haven't ever left it in the carboy for an extended amount of time, I usually let it age in the bottles as I hate tying the carboy up as well.

Is the rotten part a taste or a mild smell?

If...
Forum: Cider 12-03-2012, 06:29 PM
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Posted By TAPPAR
The huge Krausen is pretty normal on mine, I...

The huge Krausen is pretty normal on mine, I leaned this time and held 2 gallons of the apple juice back until it died down, then added it when I knew it wouldn't blow the airlock off (3-4 days into...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-03-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,498
Posted By TAPPAR
If I want it drinkable quickly I will add some...

If I want it drinkable quickly I will add some unfermented cider or concentrate, however its my experience that the tartness will naturally subside with age. My first few ciders I was really...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-03-2012, 02:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,260
Posted By TAPPAR
It doesn't seem that unusual for it to be...

It doesn't seem that unusual for it to be fermenting that many days out. There are so many variables in the yeast colony I wouldn't worry if the gravity is still dropping. If it needs helped along or...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2012, 01:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,143
Posted By TAPPAR
I have two thermometers that are off by about 5...

I have two thermometers that are off by about 5 degrees as well. Did we ever figure out how to figure out which one is reading correctly?

I suppose high school science class was a while ago but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2012, 12:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,017
Posted By TAPPAR
I had a friend who had a few batches of beer that...

I had a friend who had a few batches of beer that tasted like pennies, he never figured out what it was but neither had molasses in them. I have had molasses in a few ciders and while I didn't love...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-28-2012, 03:07 AM
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Posted By TAPPAR
Guava sounds good, I have had great results...

Guava sounds good, I have had great results mixing apricot and peach as well
Forum: Cider 11-25-2012, 05:15 PM
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Posted By TAPPAR
When I put bottles in the fridge as opposed to...

When I put bottles in the fridge as opposed to pasteurizing them I have never had any issues with them fermenting more. I have only tried this method with ale yeasts which cold crash pretty easily,...
Forum: Cider 11-24-2012, 03:02 PM
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Posted By TAPPAR
In the 2 months it has taken me to get through...

In the 2 months it has taken me to get through this thread I have tried a bunch of variations on this recipe in little 1 gal batches to see what I liked the best, all of which have come out pretty...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-19-2012, 03:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,755
Posted By TAPPAR
Our chickens love them!

Our chickens love them!
Forum: Cider Forum 11-02-2012, 05:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,491
Posted By TAPPAR
Any updates here? The original idea sounds...

Any updates here? The original idea sounds delectable, how did it turn out?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-31-2012, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,180
Posted By TAPPAR
I usually add the cranberry with concentrate so...

I usually add the cranberry with concentrate so there isn't any lowering of the SG.

I am having a hard time finding a better cider yeast then Nottingham. I keep doing gallon batches with the same...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-31-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 489
Posted By TAPPAR
I usually stop the fermentation before it...

I usually stop the fermentation before it completely finishes (I like it a bit sweeter) but yes, it will ferment it out if you let it.

I definitely second using malts in the cider, search graff on...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,180
Posted By TAPPAR
Sounds delectable :)

Sounds delectable :)
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 05:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Posted By TAPPAR
My natural cider fermented out pretty dry...

My natural cider fermented out pretty dry actually. I didn't do a final SG reading but it was pretty similar final sweetness compared to my ale yeast ciders, although I didn't add any sugar like I...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2012, 05:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 489
Posted By TAPPAR
I have never sterilized my sugar. If you are...

I have never sterilized my sugar. If you are worried about it put just enough water in a pan and get it up to boiling then add the sugar to boil for a bit. If you are using honey to sweeten, many...
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