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  1. Devo9

    Brewing my first wine kit

    Hi everyone, I am an experienced brewer, but so far I've only brewed meads and ciders. I brought my first wine kit, a Festa brand Moscato, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to share before I get started. This brew is for my wife who likes sweet wines, and Moscato is her favourite. I...
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    Just here to share my pain... So so so sad right now.
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    JAOM disappointing results

    First off, I don’t want to show any disrespect to Joe. I know he is a very talented mead maker and I respect him. But my JAOM did not turn out as I had hoped. I have read so many good reviews of JAOM that it makes me wonder if I did something wrong…:( I put together 2 gallons...
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    Ginger Mead Recipe... Is This Totally Insane?

    OK, so here is the plan. It might be absolutely horrible, or it might be totally awesome... I am basing the recipe off of this one by Gamrchick: But instead of going for a "A Medium Sweet Ginger Metheglin", I'll be going for a sweet...
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    Thinking ahead (or not)

    I'm not looking for help (but maybe I should be), I am just sharing an amusing story about how stupid I can be. So my strawberry rhubarb mead, what I am calling my summer pie mead, is coming along great. Yesterday I racked off the lees, remove the rhubarb that has fallen, then I planned to...
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    I can't drink beer anymore...

    I can't drink beer anymore... OK, I am just curious if anyone else has had a problem like this before. Since I started brewing cider I have had a tendancy to drink... well, cider. I haven't had a beer in over 6 months leading into my vacation. During my vacation in New York I had no access...
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    I bought my cirst keg for my cider.... Now what?

    Just like the thread says, I kind of impulsively bought a "corny" keg and I have nothing else... What else do I need?
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    Found some apple juice on sale...

    I found some apple juice (No additives, on preservative) on sale, 12 L (3.17 gal) for $11.49 at The Real Canadian Super Store. So now I have 6.34 gal of apple juice ready for brewing and I was thinking about adding some juice concentrate to up the OG (everyone uses sugar and honey is out of...
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    Adding fruit to mead in the secondary

    I want to add some strawberries to my secondary for one of my meads. Do I need to do anything special to sanitize it first, or can I just rinse them with tap water then add them? Should I rinse with campden water mix? Do I need to use something like Sanstar? Or could I use bleach and water...
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    Sweet strawberry mead

    I have JUST decided to do a sweet strawberry mead and have it ready for my 1st wedding anniversary (June 25th). I want to have a sweet finish because that's how my wife likes it. Here's what I am thinking: 14 lbs. Clover honey ½ cup of raisins 3 lbs of frozen strawberries 3 sticks of cinnamon...
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    Acidental carbonation

    So I finally got my cyser bottled las week. I opened my first bottle tonight and to my surprise it was carbonated! It spent 6 days in the primary (SG was 1.010), then fermented dry within a week of racking to the secondary (FG was .996). I added 6 Campden tablets (for 6 gallons) once it was...
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    Ale Yeast vs. Wine Yeast

    Is there a major difference between an ale yeast and a wine yeast? Will an ale yeast make my mead taste more like a beer? I have only used wine yeasts so far... Just curious about people's experiences. Are mead and cider yeasts worth trying as well? Thanks
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    My Cyser is READY!

    No questions here, just shouting from the rooftop! My first brew is a success!!! I have tasted it and it tastes GREAT! Now I just need to bottle it. It is a Cyser, so if it tastes this good now, I can only imagine how it'll taste once it has aged a bit! OK, that is it, I am done! :mug...
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    Thinking about future yeasts

    So I had some troubles securing a semi-sweet mead with ABV below 16% with my first batch using champagne yeast. I am now thinking about my next batch, cuz lets face it, now that I have started home brewing I'm not sure I can/want to stop! Does anyone have any recommendations for a low alcohol...
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    How long should I wait after fermentation is complete before I can backsweeten? Do I just have to clarify and make sure that all the yeast paddies are removed? Any tips? Anything I should watch out for?
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    Won't stop bubbling

    I am making my first mead and it is turning out great! I split the batch into two 1/2 gallon glass cider jugs. One Cranberry, one Blueberry, and both taste delicious! However, I have gotten it where I want it and I added a crushed Campden Tablet to each bottle and replaced the airlocks. This...