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Old 09-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #1771
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What do you think about about my gravity readings scottsaxman?
I'm concerned that it won't be sweet enough at 1.003 & 1.006.
I'm still wondering if I should rack today and bottle next weekend (9/29) or bottle THIS weekend and bottle condition for a few weeks...


As for taste, right now it's somewhat hot but it is sitting on a boatload of yeasties, so...
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:58 PM   #1772
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That is a little drier than mine, especially if it is 1.003. I don't have the final gravity with me right now, though. I have pasteurized other sweet ciders before, so it can be done, but it is considerably more work.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #1773
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Also, I didn't use a secondary. I let them sit 3 weeks to carbonate, then started drinking. It really is tasty stuff.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:53 PM   #1774
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Well, it looks like the guys from BrewingTV are really enjoying the Graf(f) recipe!

Brewing TV - Episode 68: How to Make Graf

I've got a batch lined up for this weekend
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #1775
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So let me get this straight.

Actual Brewing knowledge+Stephen King's fictional drink+some experimentation=graff???

This thread+my weekend=what I'm doing!
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:39 AM   #1776
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:23 AM   #1777
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Hey all, I have made a few batches of this so far and have been VERY happy so far. It is great.

However, I have been doing some reading into hopped mead, and I even picked up an Evil Genius from the B. Nektar brewery today. I have to say I wasn't a huge fan mostly because of the sweetness of it, but what it really inspired me to do was hop up this Graff a bit and see what happens.

I now the Graff experts recommend against this, but has anyone else gone against those recommendations and found good results?
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:24 PM   #1778
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Took 3 bottles of this to brew club meeting on Thursday. It was a BIG hit! I ended up back sweetening with to cans of frozen apple juice concentrate and bottling. That got it to 1.020. After 3 days the extra sugars had it carbed nicely. I bottle pasteruized the batch and made some labels.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:24 PM   #1779
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That is a little drier than mine, especially if it is 1.003. I don't have the final gravity with me right now, though. I have pasteurized other sweet ciders before, so it can be done, but it is considerably more work.
I ended up racking one batch and backsweetening and bottling the other.
The 1.003 was the one that got sweetened and bottled.
I brought the FG up to about 1.01.

Now I'm just hoping I don't get gushers from over-carbing.
I am doing the plastic soda bottle thing so, here's to hoping... (the posts I saw talking about three hour carbonation are a little unnerving to me)...



EDIT:

Well, I pasteurized today.
Test bottle was ever so slightly over-carbed after about 20 hours.
I cracked it open and it foamed up about half an inch out of/over the cap.
Hopefully the actual bottles will be a bit calmer after a few weeks conditioning and chilling.
I'm just waiting for them to hit room temp before storing them in the fridge...
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:12 PM   #1780
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Too many pages to search through, not in OP: when bottling, do you use priming sugar? I assume yes.
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