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  1. dasBuhbuh

    plastic taste in 2 of 3 meads

    so I have made 3 meads over the past year, all from Northern Brewer. the first was their artisinal semi-sweet. It tastes thin and plastic-y - nothing like commerical meads i have tried. the second was their raspberry melomel which is just fine. the third was their hydromel, but that tastes just...
  2. dasBuhbuh

    Just corked my first wine...

    So, for Mother's day, I figured I would get Mom in on the hobby. She tries everything I make and (like a supportive mother would) says it always tastes great. Well, I got her a wine kit (Norther Brewer's Pacific Quartet) and most of the basic supplies. We just got around to corking it finally...
  3. dasBuhbuh

    yeast starter

    Ok so, I know from beer that I usually use a starter with those Wyeast Activator packs if the beer is above 1.06, give or take. Well, how about with mead? Ive got 12lbs of honey for 5 gallons. Wyeast Rudesheimer. I guess the recipe claims an OG of 1.08-1.083. To me that sounds like i should...
  4. dasBuhbuh

    once more into the breach.

    So yea. I've been brewing beer for exactly one year now. I've always had a fascination with mead, but could never find it in liquor stores. a while back they had some at medieval times but that was definitely white wine with honey added. i instantly hated it. bad quality white wine does not make...
  5. dasBuhbuh

    Pliny in Philly?

    So apparently the Mad Mex restaurant in philadelphia has started carrying limited stocks of Pliny the Elder. The guy before me got the last bottle. grrr.
  6. dasBuhbuh

    Special Present in a Bottle

    So my roommate and i decided to play a "game" with our brews. basically, when we fill the bottles, one of them will have all the settled out trub and garbage from the bottom of the bucket. so out of roughly 48 bottles, we have 1 landmine. when we eventually get to drinking these, we will have...
  7. dasBuhbuh

    Winter Warmer

    Hey, so my roommate and i just brewed our 2nd kit last night. everything went smoothly as we actually got ice and had everything ready haha. extra yeast, pre-boiled water, pitching at <72*....good times. weird thing about it though is we completely missed our OG reading. i checked it just before...
  8. dasBuhbuh

    Overpowering smell in secondary

    So, i transferred my brown ale over to secondary about a week ago and i was pretty pleased that it smelled like beer (not great beer, but beer). I felt like checking on it (since it had been 2 weeks primary and now 1 week secondary) and i noticed fermentation picked up again. at least, it had a...
  9. dasBuhbuh

    Problems ordering from AHS?

    So, has anyone ever had trouble ordering online from Austin Homebrew? They couldnt complete my order because of my card was supposedly declined, but according to the bank, there is no problem with the card or my account (the amount was within my limit) and all of the information is correct...
  10. dasBuhbuh

    Chocolate Stout Recipe (extract)

    so i just came across this recipe for a chocolate stout (extract with steeping). since im obviously not too experienced with how each ingredient impacts the brew, what do you guys think? 6.6 lbs Unhopped Dark Malt Extract 3.3 lbs Amber DME Grains 1 lb Chocolate Malt 1/2 lb Black Patent...
  11. dasBuhbuh

    New acquisitions...

    So my dad found 3 water cooler bottles out in the shed and i took a look at them when i went home. They are #1 plastic so i guess they should be usable for carboys (2x 5gal, 1x 3 gal so only smaller batches, maybe testing new recipes...). Theyre a little dirty but nothing a good hot scrubbing...
  12. dasBuhbuh

    stuck fermentation

    So yea, first batch (english brown ale kit) has been sitting at a sg of 1.020 for the past three or so days...from the numerous other posts on here, i'd assume i have to repitch more yeast. the og was about 1.040 (suggested was 1.040-1.048) but the fg, obviously, was supposed to be much...
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