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  1. J

    First time bottling. Great success!

    Finally got to start bottling! On the far right is a traditional mead with cinnamon sticks added in secondary, a cyser, a blueberry/elderberry melanomal(?), and the last two are home pressed ciders I wanted to try. My wife and I like the berry one the most. The traditional and cyser have a good...
  2. J

    Is my mead ok?

    Thanks! Nothing like that yet, just a couple small groups of bubbles
  3. J

    Is my mead infected?

    Everything was sanitized before touching it
  4. J

    Is my mead infected?

    First time attempting mead. I reracked a classic and elderberry mead yesterday and this morning there are a couple white spots on the tops of them. Is it normal or infected? If it is, can I save it? I don’t have the experience to know :(
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    Is my mead ok?

    Reracked a classic and elderberry mead. They have small white stuff on top. Does it look infected? This is my first attempt at mead so I don’t have experience here :(
  6. J

    Is this too much headspace?

    Just brewed a five gallon batch of Thundercookie and placed in secondary. Is this too much headspace? If so, what can I do?
  7. J

    Are these crabapples safe to use?

    Shouldn't be a problem, although you might get a few stares. They would just be jealous they didn't think of making their own picker.
  8. J

    Are these crabapples safe to use?

    Quick update, got about 15 lbs of crabs and 30 of regular ( I don’t know the variety?) apples using a very professional homemade picker. A good haul for my first year I’d say! Next steps are to freeze, thaw, mash, and ferment.
  9. J

    Are these crabapples safe to use?

    Thanks, I wasn’t sure if I could leave it on or not
  10. J

    Are these crabapples safe to use?

    Hey all, I plan to use some crabapples To mix in my cider this year. I’m unsure if some that I’m seeing are safe to use?
  11. J

    Just learned the importance of a blowoff tube...

    Made a 5 gal batch of Thunder Cookie Gingerbread Stout and set it in the garage. Was bubbling nicely before bed, but blew in the night! I think I got it under control, but if it was exposed for a few hours is it still good? There aren’t any bugs in there, I checked. Got a tube rigged once I...
  12. J

    Guesses on what’s in the must?

    Thanks! Mead takes longer but the few times I’ve tried it I’ve loved it. Got it. If it multiplies I could skim the surface and save it right? (Please say yes😳)
  13. J

    Guesses on what’s in the must?

    Attempting my first ever mead! I pitched this one gallon of classic mead 3 days ago and is bubbling quite nicely. I did notice some dark specs sitting in the sides and top, however. I’m wondering if the raw honey I bought locally might have some impurities or specs, or might it be straight...
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    Low/no carbonation in cider?

    About the bottling...we were pretty inconsistent and Didn’t know the exact place to fill to!
  15. J

    Low/no carbonation in cider?

    Gotcha, it’s 68 degrees currently.
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