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    Cyser Q's

    I can tell you've been drinking the mass-marketed stuff! ;) Not all ciders are created equal, as I can tell you're starting to guess. I enjoy a good, traditional "scrumpy" from the old country, as well as farmhouse French ciders when I can find them. I can guarantee that none of them would...
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    A Good Beginner Recipe

    I use it all the time in my homebrewed root beer recipe and I've used it before in a Melomel or two w/o any noticeable flavor, but I prefer not to use anything. ;) Sodium benzoate is on the FDA's approved list of additives for the brewing industry, but that doesn't mean it won't kill you! :D
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    What is Acid Malt

    Acidulated (Sauer) or Acid Malt is a very light (1.6-3.2L) Pale/Pils type of malt that has an activated pH of 3.5-3.6 from lactic acid treatment. It is used by the brewing industry to balance mashes by lowering the pH making it more conductive for enzymatic reactions at lower temperatures. It...
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    Shelf Life of Honey

    Interesting! I always like to only buy enough current crop honey for each year's batches to ensure lots of good aromatics, but its nice to know I can keep it for centuries if needed. :D
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    Head Retention

    I like to use a touch of wheat in my brown ale recipes. In addition, try racking your beers sooner in able to p/u some natural carbonation. ;)
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    A Good Beginner Recipe

    Q: I've heard of adding honey later if I think it's too dry. When is this done and with how much? A: It's always a good idea to add your honey along with additional nutrients in increments esp. when making a sweet mead. If you're just sweetning a mead, then add (after sulphiting & removing...
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    Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration

    RO (Reverse Osmosis) water is not ideal to use for brewing by itself, but is great to use for "water profiling". By starting with a "basic" water that is void of brewing salts, it allows the brewer great flexibility to add specific salts back as needed to reach the desired profile. I use RO...
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    Strawberry Blonde

    If you're looking for "real" strawberry aroma & flavor, then I'd suggest a min. of 3#/USG. I've made a strawberry beers & wine before and it requires a lot of fruit to get any character. The addition of strawberries will add quite a bit of fermentables (fructose) as well, so keep that in...
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    Gluten-Free Beer

    I'm just going to refer you to their page, but there's plenty of information & recipes out there. I've used Buckwheat before and it makes for a wonderful beer, but I've never made a totally gluten-free beer. It can be done, so I see a beer in your future! Gluten Free Beer Project...
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    pressure for keg ?

    Your question really depends on your serving temp. & carbonation level + head pressure, but somewhere in the 8-12psi range should be just fine.
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    Green Tea Braggot

    Please pass along some updates on the Green Tea Braggot, as I & others would be interested. I made a metheglin once with some orange tea leaves added. Turned out nice & subtle.
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    Why is this forum so dead?

    I like the way the Forum is set-up. It's very clean & easy to read. I'll definitely be checking in more often as it builds momentum.
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    Help! A California Lager or Steam Beer recipe?

    Here's my recipe for an Anchor Steam Beer clone. It's pretty popular with the natives. :) Panhandler Common A ProMash Engineered Recipe BJCP Style Guidelines: 7B - Amber Hybrid Beer, California Common Ale Min OG: 1.048 Max OG: 1.054 Min IBU: 30 Max IBU: 45 Min Clr: 8 Max Clr: 14...