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  1. Robusto

    Who's smoking meat this weekend?

    I smoked a pumpkin (stuffed with sourdough, onion, bacon, chives, and cheese!)
  2. Robusto

    Yeast recommendations please

    Videojunkie- thanks! I've had good luck with Ec1118 too. Never had any luck with D47, but my fermentation chamber is at 52°, and my house is usually under or over its min/ max temps. Now for instance, most of my house is 68-72, and the garage is 48-53.... so no luck
  3. Robusto

    Yeast recommendations please

    Rodger that. Thanks!
  4. Robusto

    Yeast recommendations please

    Thanks! Its funny, when I started making mead 15 or so years ago D47 was everyone's darling now the crowd has been singing the praises of 71b... I just never had good results with them. Do you know what happens if you ferment D47 below 59°? My fermentation chamber runs at 52°f for lagers...
  5. Robusto

    Yeast recommendations please

    Hey guys, So I'm about to brew up a 20 gallon batch of orange blossom traditional. Going to shoot for 14-15% abv and then going to barrel age it in a once used bourbon barrel. I typically use ec1118 for traditionals and k1v1116 for fruit meads. I settled on these two a while ago after trying...
  6. Robusto

    Fermentation Advice

    If you have an active fermentation going on, then I wouldn't worry too much about oxidation unless you are doing something crazy. The Co2 blanket produced should keep most O2 out. During active fermentation, I de-gas twice a day, sometimes more, but I have my must in a carboy with a blow off...
  7. Robusto

    Fermentation Advice

    Lalvin says between 50°f and 86°f with optimal temp of 59° to 77°, so Maylar is spot on. I've fermented Ec1118 at 52-54° for years with no ill effects. I do this because is what my lager fermentation chamber is set for. Personally, I like the result of a ferment on the colder side, but I...
  8. Robusto

    How many grams of metabisulfite per gallon of mead?

    Hi all, So I know that the old stand by is 1/4 teaspoon of K metabisulfite per 5 gallons, but does any one know how many grams (fraction of a gram) per gallon? I know that this will vary depending upon Ph, but anyone have a ball park guesstimate? Thanks!
  9. Robusto

    Sparkolloid question (multiple applications of it)

    +1 for bentonite. That is all I typically use to clear my meads. Is this a traditional (only honey, water, yeast, and nutrients) or is there fruit, spices, etc?
  10. Robusto

    mead with only DAP nutrient?

    I would throw in some boiled/ nuked bread yeast or some other nutrients otherwise be very precise with your DAP additions, as too much DAP can burn yeast.
  11. Robusto

    Talking with a friend... distilling beer?

    If you haven't tried the Lagavulin 8, its soooo good. Like it better than the 16!
  12. Robusto

    Talking with a friend... distilling beer?

    +1 What he said ⬆️
  13. Robusto

    Talking with a friend... distilling beer?

    A few dustilleries malt their own barley for part of their production: Bowmore, The Balvenie, Laphroaig, Kilchoman, Highland Park among others. Springbank, i think is the only distillery in Scotland to do 100% of their own malting.
  14. Robusto

    Fermentation Advice

    If you can keep it below 60°F then I would pitch some Ec1118 yeast on it. Ec1118 will definitely restart your fermentation and if kept cool will be very neutral and clean- its my go to yeast for any mead without fruit. K1v is another Lavin yeSt strain that is excellent for fruit meads, but...
  15. Robusto

    Back sweeten before or after barrel aging?

    Hey guys, Like the title says, should I back sweeten before or after putting my mead into a freshly dumped bourbon barrel? My initial thought was that it should be done after barrel aging so that I can better taste it and adjust more accurately. Then I got to thinking that back sweetening...
  16. Robusto

    Talking with a friend... distilling beer?

    Sorry, but single malt scotch is made from 100% mRted barley. Irish whiskey is made from unmalted barley plus other grains (sometimes).
  17. Robusto

    Help with first large batch please

    Hi all, So after a long hiatus, I've gotten back into brewing and mead making again. Made about half a dozen 1-3 gallon batches of mead now and all have been very good. For Xmas my wife got me a freshly dumped 15 gallon bourbon barrel- its so fresh that its not dumped yet- ha ha- I have a 5...
  18. Robusto

    34/70 frement time

    Kmark- Thats what 2124 did- finish dry then I rack off the lees then oak. Once I hit the right oakiness, then I'll stabilize and back sweeten if needed. Sometimes the oak will make a bone dry mead taste sweet- Sometimes the oak makes it need more sweetness. Thanks
  19. Robusto

    34/70 frement time

    McKnuckle, I'm in NNJ too (Bergen County). I go to Cask & Kettle- Main Street in Boonton. They are right off rt287. Good selection, and very helpful, but their hours are messed up at thd moment, so u always call before going.
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