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    Cheap "Built In" Fridge for under counter kegging

    Finally close to finishing our log cabin in Northern Minnesota. We have a 4 season porch/sunroom where the centerpiece will be the bar. Maple cabinets, live edge Ash slab upper and granite lower for counters. I had found a too-perfect option on an Edgestar triple tap built in kegerator...
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    Kolsch Dry Yeast

    Cool, thanks for the info GT
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    Kolsch Dry Yeast

    Its damn near perfection in a glass, that's what it is. My 7th batch is in primary clearing up. I'm having a really hard time not kegging it right now as summer just officially started. Maybe another week and it'll be time to tap a keg. I'm also going to start looking for K-97. Those who...
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    Rhubarb Wine - My First Attempt

    Yep gravity check is in order. I have been late in racking a few times because I was judging based on visual activity. Definitely want to be in glass secondary to let it finish up to minimize air exposure when its making less CO2. Just bottled my black raspberry rhubarb that we started on...
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    Rhubarb Wine

    I added 5 lbs of strawberries (frozen/thawed 3x) directly to start of primary for a 6 gallon batch. Whatever I add in for alternative fruit, I remove an equal amount of rhubarb. The strawberry flavor came through just behind the dominant rhubarb flavor.
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    Rhubarb Wine - My First Attempt

    Sounds like all is well. Some sulphur smell is not that uncommon in wine/cider making. 77 is probably fine for fermenting wine (upper end) Below 70 or so they are harder to start.
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    Water Conservation When Brewing

    I use 1/3 to 1/2 the chilling water in late winter/early spring as I do in late summer/early fall. The colder Minnesota ground temps (tap water approaches 40F) mean I can run my counterflow chiller with the ball valve fully open and I chill a 6 gallon batch to 62F in as little as 6 minutes...
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    Rhubarb Wine - My First Attempt

    Exactly right! Rhubarb wine has become a thing for our family and visitors up at our lake place in northern Minnesota. You can chill it fairly cool and its quite refreshing in the evenings. We never drink any of it in our Twin Cities home, and never a drop of it in the winter. The only...
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    Rhubarb Wine - My First Attempt

    One trick I picked up from a local brew shop guy was to freeze/thaw the rhubarb 3x to make sugar extraction easier. First year I tried that I ended up with a high ABV wine. So high that the yeast went on strike and left it pretty sweet. Still tasted really good after I aged it a year (I age...
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    How many gallons of homebrew in 2016?

    10,183 + 6 gallons of Umlaut my Kölsch = 10,189
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    Rhubarb Wine

    I'd stick to Yooper's recipe regarding rhubarb and sugar content per gallon. It flat out works. Remember that Rhubarb wine is pretty acidic as it is (one of the reasons I like to back sweeten with a little sugar). My 4th annual batch was made with black raspberries and rhubarb from our...
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    How many gallons of homebrew in 2016?

    8346 + 6 gallons Belgian Dark Strong = 8352
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    How many gallons of homebrew in 2016?

    6807 + 8 gallons Patersbier = 6815
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    How many gallons of homebrew in 2016?

    4430.5 + 6 gallons Chocolate Rye = 4436.5
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    Rhubarb Wine

    We've altered the sweetness of our annual batches. First had a little sweetness, went overboard on year 2, was not quite sweet enough last year. Should be able to dial it in to what we like this year. I'd say a little sweeter than off dry but not quite semi-sweet. Some like it bone dry, but...
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