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  1. growlrr

    Sanitizing Fruit

    I'm about to pitch about four pounds of mixed berries (Blackberries, Cherries, Raspberries, Blueberries) into a 5 gallon batch of pyment sitting at about 15-16% ABV. they've been frozen, thawed, crushed up a little and are going in a muslin bag. I'm a little nervous about introducing some...
  2. growlrr

    Force Carb and then bottle?

    I have a dilemma, a good one, but a dilemma. Santa brought me a brand new, two tap kegerator for Christmas (I didn't think I was that good). I have a few gallons of stabilized, aged mead that I think would be even better carbed. I know I can force carb them now, but I'd also like to bottle at...
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    Kegging/carbing question

    So for Christmas I am angling for my first kegging system. To date I've been doing still meads or bottle conditioning. It seems the first major decision I have to make is ball-lock or pin-lock. Any strong reasons to favor one type over the other? I'm planning on using it to force carb meads...
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    Bottle Conditioning Mead

    I only have about half a dozen meads under my belt - all still. For Thanksgiving I decided to do a (relatively) quick Raspberry/Lime Hard Cider and decided to try my hand at bottle carbonating it in 12 oz. beer bottles (three sons in their 20's insure I have a never ending supply). I let the...
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    Wine rack

    Not sure if this is the right forum, so if not I apologize. I'll be racking 7-8 gallons of several different kinds on meads in the next 4 weeks and it JUST occurred to me that I am going to have to store some 40-odd bottles (one gallon, a super-sweet elder flower mead is going into 375 ml...
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    Washing yeast?

    I've been seeing a lot of folks talking about "washing yeast" and reusing it for another round of brewing. I have to ask, why would you bother? You can easily spend $50-75 (or more) on honey, another $20-30 of fruits and/or spices, etc. Yeast seems to be the only inexpensive ingredient in the...
  7. growlrr

    Hops in Mead

    So a friend of mine just gave me 8 oz. of whole leaf cascade hops he grew himself. Any one know of a mead recipe (assuming a braggot of some sort) where I could find a home for these? I dont have the set-up for an all grain type of exercise, but I would be willing to try something I can do...
  8. growlrr

    Rack now?

    I have a one gallon batch going using 2.5# of local raw honey right out of the hive and 1.5# of Montmorency cherries right off the tree (but pitted, split and frozen before being pitched). SG 1.085 which should bet me to 11.5% ABV when dry. I used EC-1118 yeast and it ate through the honey like...
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    Honey and cherries - pay dirt

    So in a random conversation with a co-worker about this weekends projects he tells me he spent last weekend gathering five gallons of honey from his own apiary and this weekend he has four trees full of ripe Montmorency cherries that he has to pick and "Oh, what to do with all of this?" The mead...
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    Label Design - Comments? Suggestions?

    I've been working on a family of label designs for bottles I plan to give as gifts. Curious as to what you all think. I sketched the staircase and built the label with a program called "canva". Neat little free program for thing like this. I plan on changing the background colors to match (as...
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    Too soon to rack?

    I started two 1 gal batches 8 days ago with 3# raw Texas honey in each. One was Blood Orange using D-47 with SNA and a SG of 1.083. Checked this morning and the SG is 0.997. Second batch was Lingonberry (dried berries and a Lingonberry concentrate) and used 71B-1122 with SNA. Starting SG was...
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    Lorann Essential Oils

    Has anyone ever tried these? I have a Perry that, while good could be very good if it had a bit more pear flavor (going to use Bartlett exclusively next time. Lesson learned!). Here is the link; https://labelpeelers.com/beer-making/flavoring/lorann-oils/pear-lorann-oils-1-dram/ I...
  13. growlrr

    Clear 12 oz. Crown Closure Beer Bottles

    Can anyone recommend a source? Having a surprisingly difficult time finding them. Plan B is creeping around the recycling center with a pocket full of nickels!
  14. growlrr

    "Glogg" Metheglin Mead?

    My family has been making Swedish mulled wine (Glogg) every Christmas for literally five generations. I'm wondering how a mead version might taste and if anyone has tried it. For a one gallon batch I'd be adding 8-10 cardamom pods (cracked), 4-5 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, a small package...
  15. growlrr

    Geting ready to bottle my first mead - I think - Maybe...

    I think I'll be bottling my first mead in the next few of weeks and have a couple of questions. Pretty basic recipe - Honey, cinnamon, clove, Pasteur Red yeast. OG was 1.090, over next couple of weeks dropped to 1.042 and I racked to secondary. Now about a month later it is just a hair under...
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    Yeast question

    Now that this hobby is apparently going to take over my life :) ...I think I may have used the wrong yeast - I started a one gallon batch of a pear melomel as follows; 1.5# D'Anjou pears (frozen fresh and pulped), 3# clover honey, one camp tab, .75 tsp pectic enzyme, 1 tsp yeast nutrient (1/2 at...
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    degassing question

    How often do you degas mead when in secondary? Also I'm a little confused. I thought part of the reason for letting the mead sit in the secondary was to help it clarify. Doesn't degassing swirl all the crap up on the bottom and defeat the purpose? They've both been in secondary for about two...
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    Refrigerating/Freezing Yeast

    Assuming we are talking about the individual packets of dry yeast...Yes? No? How long? Thanks!
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    Aeration on first fermenting

    What is the consensus on how often you aerate must during primary fermentation? I've seen everything from "pitch the yeast, give it a swirl and don't touch it for a month minimum" to "open it twice a day, drop in a power drill with a cato'nine tails and whip it until the battery dies or your...
  20. growlrr

    Question on making a Perry melomel

    Hi guys - I'm very new to the whole mead making hobby (still racking my first batch), but I am dying to try my hand at a Perry. I plan to make just a gallon with Anjou pears, a little vanilla and cinnamon with either Pasteur Champagne or Lalvin D47 yeast (and recommendations on which one would...
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