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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-15-2014, 12:15 AM
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Posted By bratrules
IMO 8 oz is fine for most recipes. It won't add...

IMO 8 oz is fine for most recipes. It won't add any extra sweetness.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-04-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By bratrules
Depends how fast you need. If I were going to use...

Depends how fast you need. If I were going to use expired yeast I would make a small starter say about 500ml then step it up from there. But that can take a few days. If your short on time just go...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-19-2013, 04:34 PM
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Posted By bratrules
Yeah this is a great yeast!! And very versatile...

Yeah this is a great yeast!! And very versatile although I haven't used it in any type of steam beer yet I hear it works really well at ale temps.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-17-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 126
Posted By bratrules
You can use a cooler to ferment in. Just stick...

You can use a cooler to ferment in. Just stick your bucket/carboy in the cooler with water add some frozen water bottles and your set you can keep your temps at 49-50 easily. And since your basement...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-08-2013, 08:36 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By bratrules
If you go this route make sure to make a adequate...

If you go this route make sure to make a adequate starter for your brew.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-08-2013, 03:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,136
Posted By bratrules
Wow, I usually get 80% attenuation or so using...

Wow, I usually get 80% attenuation or so using that yeast. Did you make a starter? If so how big was it?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-05-2013, 03:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By bratrules
Let me know what you want to brew and ill let you...

Let me know what you want to brew and ill let you know what yeast to use lol. But seriously there are hundreds of strains of brewers yeast out there. I find that US-05 for most American ales works...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 11-25-2013, 04:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By bratrules
Save the old kt for vinegar!! Its good stuff.

Save the old kt for vinegar!! Its good stuff.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 11-24-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By bratrules
Wow I got to give that a try!!

Wow I got to give that a try!!
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 11-22-2013, 03:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 475
Posted By bratrules
Use less starter and ferment the next batch for...

Use less starter and ferment the next batch for less time. Taste it after 5 days and go from there.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-25-2013, 11:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By bratrules
I never add my fruit to the boil. I always add it...

I never add my fruit to the boil. I always add it to the secondry. Add I always cold crash before adding the fruit it seems to retain more fruit flavor that way. But your right fruit beer can get...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-25-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By bratrules
Yeah most likely i would have give it a try maybe...

Yeah most likely i would have give it a try maybe buy like 4 cans to see what i end up with!! On the up side this is a all natural product i read the ingredients list.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-25-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By bratrules
Canned raspberries how much to add??

I found these at my local supermarket .

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I was wondering how many cans would I need to get some good raspberry flavor? I was thinking of doing 5 gallon sour mash wheat. Maybe add some...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 10-23-2013, 04:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By bratrules
@ What temp are you keeping it. I also I grew a...

@ What temp are you keeping it. I also I grew a scoby from a commercial bottle of kt. It took about 10 days to get to a 1/4 inch in 82 degrees. After that I did my first gallon batch. Now I have a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-14-2013, 03:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By bratrules
I always have frozen wort on hand for this sole...

I always have frozen wort on hand for this sole purpose. Saves time and money. All I do is defrost and dilute ( since I freeze 16oz bottles of 1.111 wort) boil it for 5mins or so and am done.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 10-12-2013, 07:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By bratrules
I asked the same thing a while back about using a...

I asked the same thing a while back about using a Mr. Beer keg for making kombucha I never got any response. But am sure you will get no ill effects from fermenting in food grade plastic. Think about...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 10-06-2013, 10:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By bratrules
You make a great point!! I wouldn't want to mess...

You make a great point!! I wouldn't want to mess up the harmonious balance of yeast and bacteria that make kt possible lol. Maybe in the near future I will give it a shot. Since my scoby is only 3...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 10-06-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By bratrules
Adding yeast nutrient to kt???

Has anybody ever added yeast nutrient to a batch of kombucha?? I wondering if it would help the fermentation any and will it benefit the health of the scoby? If anybody has any thoughts on the...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 10-05-2013, 04:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 936
Posted By bratrules
To me that just looks like yeast.

To me that just looks like yeast.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 10-02-2013, 04:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By bratrules
+1 on using food grade plastic. Its cheap and...

+1 on using food grade plastic. Its cheap and works great. Besides people use food grade plastic to brew lambics and other sour beers all the time and sour beer can have the same low ph as kombucha.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-23-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By bratrules
That doesn't look like mold to me!! But maybe...

That doesn't look like mold to me!! But maybe some one with more experience can chimey in.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-22-2013, 01:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,412
Posted By bratrules
Oh also i should have stated that i grew it from...

Oh also i should have stated that i grew it from a bottle of GT original. I just dumped the bottle on top of two cups of sweet black tea that i had in a sun tea jar. And six days later sitting at 75...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-22-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,412
Posted By bratrules
Here is my scoby its six days old. The pic is not...

Here is my scoby its six days old. The pic is not that clear ( my dumb cell phone). This is my first experience with kombucha making but from what a read my scoby is growing great.

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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-20-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 755
Posted By bratrules
You sure can and the beauty of it is that you...

You sure can and the beauty of it is that you don't need to make a starter if you brew with in the next month sometime. Try to brew with in the next week or two that's what I do. After that I make a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-17-2013, 05:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 768
Posted By bratrules
How big of a starter did u make?? I usually get...

How big of a starter did u make?? I usually get signs of life in less than 12 hours when brewing a lager. But I make huge starters as well!!
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