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    beer tastes better but is flat

    I bottled this way: Cleaned and sanitized the bottles, boiled the bottling sugar with the specified amount of water. Added to the bottling bucket, then racked the beer into that. Used a bottling wand to fill the bottles, capped each one after it was full. The gaskets are all new.
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    beer tastes better but is flat

    I bottled a batch of American-style pale ale about 2 months ago. The beer was awfully bitter and I hoped it would improve with time (indeed, much advice on this forum suggests that is true). I bottled in swing top glass bottles. I cracked another open today and the bitterness had indeed...
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    Tried first beer

    Brewed a batch of Brewer's Best American Micro Style pale ale. Bottled 3 weeks later. They've been in the bottle for two weeks. Chilled and tried one today. It tasted pretty bad. Recipe was 6.6 lbs Plain Light LME 12 oz. Crystal malt 60L 1.5 oz cascade hops - 60 min 1.5 oz. willamette...
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    Topping off

    I don't need to top off for some time yet as I just brewed them on Saturday (2 days ago). They're full to about an inch past the obvious shoulder line on the carboy. And at the time of brewing, I had more honey than necessary to do 1 batch, but not quite enough for me to be happy with two. So...
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    Topping off

    If I wanted to top-off my brewing meads with honey, how should I go about it? Simply pour honey in? Pour and stir? Dissolve honey in water and add? Also, when should I top-off and how much should I be adding? I have two batches going in 5-gal carboys.
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    Not very hopeful

    Well, I wouldn't say that it was inedible. It just smelled a little. And it was free and I was already given it with the expectation that I would turn it into mead. I couldn't exactly give it back and say "Thanks, but your honey stinks." In any case, I have a long time to find out the...
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    Not very hopeful

    Hard to describe the odor. But it was something that would make you crinkle your nose and make you hesitant about putting such a substance in your mouth. I suppose I can't complain too much as the honey was free and all I spent was a few bucks on yeast and spring water. I just don't want to...
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    Not very hopeful

    I received free honey from relatives who keep bees. I made two batches of mead yesterday. However, I am not altogether very hopeful. They honey had a pretty strong odor and I'm wondering (hoping really) if those smells will work themselves out of my finished product. I'm planning on making a...
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    First time mead-maker

    Was planning on 14-15 lbs for the sweeter batch and 12 lbs for the dryer batch. Kahuna, could you explain what you mean by keep adding honey until it craps out? Do I add honey in increments after I begin brewing? When I rack, do I top off with more honey or with honey/water, or just water...
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    First time mead-maker

    Relatives of mine are amatuer bee-keepers (in the middle of suburbia) and have supplied me with honey for my first batch of mead. They gave me more than I need for one batch, so I decided to buy a little extra honey and make two. I think I'll make a dry, sparkling mead with Lalvin EC-1118...
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    Lavender Mead

    I don't think I would like it (for what my opinion's worth). I once had some chocolate concoction that was flavored with lavendar and all I could think about was that it tasted like soap.
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    Just bottled first batch

    Indeed I did use a hyDrometer and not a hyGrometer. Papinquack, I'm pretty sure I followed good sanitation procedures. Was pretty careful with everything I used and touched. I also went and bought a Brewer's Best hopnog IPA kit. I'll let you know how it goes if you return the favor :mug...
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    Just bottled first batch

    Brewed a Brewer's Best Micro-Style Pale Ale and bottled yesterday. Question, how much will the flavor improve in the bottle? I took a hygrometer sample and drank it afterwords, and the result was not particularly tasty. And whoever it was on these boards who suggested bottling in the...
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    When to rack cider

    I started a 5 gal batch of cider a week ago split into two containers (Mr. Beer brew kegs proving their worth). I plan on racking both batches to a 5-gal carboy. My question is when should I do that?
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