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    Rooibos or Honeybush mead?

    Going away for two months but planning on making a big batch of mead when I get back. Recently ordered some loose leaf rooibos. Love the stuff. Planning on getting some honeybush as well. I'm thinking of using the steeped tea as the water before fermentation but wondering if that might create...
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    Pretty Things -- Our Finest Regards

    I've enjoyed quite a few of Pretty Things' brews. This English-style barley wine is no exception. I have very little to compare it to. Have only tried one other barley wine (something at the CBC once upon a time for Greater Boston locals.) The 11.8% ABV does lend a strong alcohol flavor and some...
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    Sorbate without Sulfite?

    Ahhhh thanks very much!
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    Sorbate without Sulfite?

    It's been three days so er, bump. Why is sulfite often added along with sorbate? What are the risks in excluding it?
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    Sorbate without Sulfite?

    Is it possible to add sorbate without adding sulfite to a cider in order to prevent a restarted fermentation? Is there a reason not to do so? Thanks!
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    Skyrim and Mead

    I used to want to make a Skyrim mead like all of you. Then I took an arrow to the knee.
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    Aging in Growler?

    The beer that had turned was an ale (this one specifically: Titan Ale - Watch City Brewing Co. - Waltham, MA - BeerAdvocate ) that tasted undrinkably sour. I don't know how long it'd been since it was filled. It wasn't on tap when I picked up the growler. It had been sitting in the front of the...
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    Aging in Growler?

    Thanks for all the helpful replies! I was cold crashing to get the remaining yeast to drop, not to stop fermentation. This is the first time I've made something from unfiltered juice and didn't trust that I'd know when the yeast had all dropped. But since I didn't test OG and just guessed that...
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    Aging in Growler?

    Made a cider. Nothing scientific. Bought a gallon of unfiltered, spiced cider from Trader Joe's. Added approx 1 1/2 lb of honey. Fermented in the original container. Used Lalvin D47 yeast. Cold crashing now. Any risks in aging in two growlers with twist tops for a year? Thanks!
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    New Brewer -- Aging Question

    So I've racked it to a gallon jug. That was some time ago. The grav was definitely less than 1 and when I took a little taste it seemed like the ABV was substantial. My plan now is to age it all together in the jug until March or April, then bottle. At that point would I still run the risk of...
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    How important is monitoring Ph levels?

    Thanks very much, Medsen. That does help. I think I might go the cream of tartar route. It's most accessible.
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    How important is monitoring Ph levels?

    Are there any steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of a Ph drop in a traditional mead during the initial fermentation?
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    How important is monitoring Ph levels?

    I'm looking to make my second batch of mead, 3 gallons of Ken Schramm's medium show mead. He says to watch and ensure a Ph level over 3.7. How important is that step? While I'm asking questions, my understanding is that if I ferment the 3 gal. batch in a 5 gal. carboy, then rack to a 3 gal...
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    New Brewer -- Aging Question

    It's still bubbling after 10 days. No longer terribly vigorous. I've just ordered a hydrometer but not certain when it'll arrive. I got one of the sturdier ones instead of the type that comes with a kit to save myself the headache if it were to break. I'll have three more gallon jugs coming my...
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    New Brewer -- Aging Question

    Hey Medsen, thanks. Is there anything I could add during racking that would make the final product a little sweeter?
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