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  1. Northerngal

    Kettle Soured Raspberry Blonde

    9 lb 2row 1 lb pilsner 0.5 lb crystal malt BIAB Style Mash at 158 for an hour with 7.5 gal water. Remove & squeeze bag. Sour with lacto; brew belt for 3 days at 95F until pH of 3.5 or 3 (to preference) Boil for an hour to kill lacto. I don't use hops in this beer, obviously they can be added...
  2. Northerngal

    Beer as fertilizer or compost addition?

    I'm a home brewer as well as a gardener. My spent beer grains already go into my compost (or to my chickens). I have a recent batch that I over carbonated and need to dump. I haven't planted my garden beds yet and am wondering if this is something I should add in? Or just dump into the compost...
  3. Northerngal

    Do I have crap caps or did I overprime? What now?

    I bottled a pilsner about 2weeks ago. I noticed that about 1/3 of the bottles have leaked about 1/3-1/4 of the beer out (they were stored horizontally.) This was the first time I've had this issue, which leads me to wonder if I bought crappy caps or if I overprimed. Did I possibly just do a sh|t...
  4. Northerngal

    Coopers Pilsner and Lager with Saflager S23

    The holidays took a pretty big toll on my homebrew supplies. As it's winter and we have a barely heated garage, time to try lagering! I started a Coopers Lager and Pilsner with 1kg of Brew Enhancer #1 and pitched Saflager S23.
  5. Northerngal

    Fruit Beer Pineapple Pale Ale

    13lb 2row 8oz munich malt 8oz carapils 4oz 10L Caramel malt 4oz 60L caramel malt 3.5oz cascade 1.25oz centennial 0.5oz perle 1 pineapple 1L pineapple juice Mashed in at 70C. Mashed out at 75C. 1hr Boil, add pineapple juice, 1.25oz cascade and 1oz centennial hops. 0.5oz perle at 30min...
  6. Northerngal

    Is my lager yeast viable? How do I tell?

    I made a 1.5L starter (1040) of DME. Room temp (20C). Rehydrated the Coopers Lager yeast that came with the selection pilsner. This yeast was stored on the shelf at the store, and I'll be fermenting at lager temps (13-15C). At 36 hrs now, and I don't know how to tell if it is viable, as it...
  7. Northerngal

    Coffee porter bottled after six months......eep

    I brewed this all grain beer in June. Added coffee beans and ground coffee in secondary as instructed. Then left it....for five more months....and bottled it todY. Any thoughts on how this will effect taste/drinkibility? Thanks :)...
  8. Northerngal

    Searching for a recipe from June or July's Brew Your Own

    I've lost my copy, but there was a recipe for a sour framboise that I would desperately love to try. I can't remember if it was the June or July issue; however I will buy the magazine off you or take a (legible) pic of the recipe via email. Thanks!!!!
  9. Northerngal

    Suggestions for cold hardy hops?

    Anyone in colder areas that have found some hop varieties better than others? I am gardening in Zone 2/3, although I am hoping to create a small micro climate for the hops to help them through the winter. We get extremes of up to -40F but that is not typical. We have a growing season of about...
  10. Northerngal

    Apricot Ginger Mead recipe, requesting tips & suggestions

    I'm planning a 3gal batch, following recipe: 9# apricots, 6 in primary and 3 in secondary 6+ lbs honey to a SG of 1090 Nutrients, SNA Pectic enzyme (how much?) Ginger (how much?) D47 yeast Any suggestions? I'm really wondering if anyone has opinions, especially about the amount of...
  11. Northerngal

    Blueberry, Orange and Vanilla Melomel questions and hoping for some tips!

    I would like to do a blueberry melomel with some orange and vanilla. I'm thinking about using this as a recipe, any tips/suggestions/adjustments would be appreciated!! 5gal 10-12 lbs honey, depending on OG 10lbs blueberries in primary 5lbs blueberries in 2nd Pectic enzyme SNA 1gal OJ...
  12. Northerngal

    Blueberry, Orange and Vanilla Melomel questions and hoping for some tips!

    I would like to do a blueberry melomel with some orange and vanilla. I'm thinking about using this as a recipe, any tips/suggestions/adjustments would be appreciated!! 5gal 10-12 lbs honey, depending on OG 10lbs blueberries in primary 5lbs blueberries in 2nd Pectic enzyme SNA 1gal OJ...
  13. Northerngal

    Yeast recommendations for fruit wines?

    I'm just getting into wine making. I have to order yeast and some supplies online as I'm in a small town in northern Canada. We do have a LHBS however she only carries Lalvin 1118. I'm looking for recommendations or opinions or any suggestions on yeasts to try with fruit based wines. A few on my...
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