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  1. MrEllis

    Any direct experience with pasteurizing bottled cider?

    Thanks for the responses, everyone!
  2. MrEllis

    Any direct experience with pasteurizing bottled cider?

    Believe it or not, I already read your post from 2010. It popped up during a Google search! It's good info and I was using this as my baseline. Would this info change for 22oz bottles? Or would the water required offset the size difference? Have you tried canning tongs or gear?
  3. MrEllis

    Any direct experience with pasteurizing bottled cider?

    Hello all, Just curious if people have pasteurized cider before to stop carbonation? I want to give it away and I don't have a keg set-up. Just looking for some practical experience so as i can gain from your wisdom. What is the safest way? What is the best size/type of bottle to use? Any...
  4. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    I did use a calculator and it suggested going as high as 4.5 for hef. I settled on 3.5 in addition to wherever natural carbonation occurred during brewing. I'm using 33oz flip tops that are new. The lady who runs the store said she tests all the bottles with kombucha before she puts beer in...
  5. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    It was at 1.019 three days ago, about the same today. I racked it in 33oz flip-tops. Came out to be about 8 of them. A lot of firsts, we'll see how it goes. I racked it into a plastic bucket with a spigot and attached a bottling wand to the spigot. Before I siphoned the beer into the bucket I...
  6. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    Awesome. Thanks for helping me, all. Just a nervous rookie.
  7. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    So the green ring is "normal" for this kind of thing?
  8. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    So. When I hopped my beer, I did it for the full boil. Less than an ounce in a small mesh bag for hopping. I noticed as soon as I did it the batch foamed up and turned green. My wort had a green tinge to it. Now it's cleared up some I noticed this dark green ring around the fermenter. I cracked...
  9. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    I have it covered with a box to block light. I checked on it today and it already is starting to smell like beer. It has a nice layer of foam on top and so far seems happy. Thanks for all the tips and advice. I'll be back when it comes time to rack it. I'll give it a week and check for activity...
  10. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    You are correct, I caught it before I started just didn't change it. I used 1/2 and bottled some in spray bottles!
  11. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    Yeah, the buckets went from 2 gallons to 5 (which is a 6.5 so you have headspace) so I went with this. If I keep it sealed and leave it be we figured the wheat beers can get frisky and should force the oxygen out. I've ordered a widemouth fermenter for 3 gallon batches. Until then my little 15...
  12. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    I put a wire steaming rack in the bottom of the pot before I started to keep the bag off the bottom. Oh I plan on using a calc and I'm bottling in 33 oz brown flip tops with new seals. I'll definitely look into the time. I've seen a lot of people making hef and getting it on the table in two...
  13. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    Would a larger bucket with water in it and maybe an ice pack swap a couple times a day help? Because the wort is cooling now... I have a 1.051 OG the recipe claims 1.057 OG. Is that going to make a big difference?
  14. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    About a week is when I'm going to start taking readings. The yeast I'm using is Mangrove Jack's Bavarian Wheat Yeast M20. I plan on pitching about 6 to 7 grams of the pack, which is 10 g.
  15. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    Oh and about half a pound of rice hulls.
  16. MrEllis

    Okay, first all grain BIAB on the stove...

    Okay, I have time and gear now. Doing a 3 gallon batch with five gallons of spring water on hand. 152-ish degrees for 60 minutes: 4 Pounds German Wheat Malt 2 Pounds German Pilsner 170-ish for 5 mins. .75 Hallertau Mittelfruh for full 60 boil. Sanitize gear with 1/4 oz Starsan to 2.5...
  17. MrEllis

    All-grain brew for first time? (Sort of.)

    Oh, I started rebuilding my kit. I got a giant metal spoon, an auto-siphon with a cane and a spring loaded bottling wand, a giant mesh bag, a two gallon fermenter, airlock, funnels, 6 foot of tubing, hydrometer, hydrometer jar, some silicon stopper and a little jug of StarSan. The grain bill...
  18. MrEllis

    All-grain brew for first time? (Sort of.)

    100 bucks later I got supplies to make a gallon. Ordered a 15 gallon kettle as well!
  19. MrEllis

    All-grain brew for first time? (Sort of.)

    My end goal is going to be 5 gallon batches on the regular. I just want the option of ten. And a lot of the gear is just a bit more for ten. Not to say I won't change my mind later! I was hoping a few gallon batches could help me polish fundamentals and steps in the process. I understand the...
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