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    Is Extract octoberfest really possible?

    Is it possible to make a fairly decent extract octoberfest with an extract kit ? Will I have to lager it? If not I believe that I did read somewhere that there was a kit that used some type of ale yeast, how do these turn out? I know that I will not be able to make a true Paulner type...
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    Hurricane IKE and my cider!!!

    We have no power and will not anytime soon, as a large section of my house was destroyed . Due to the problems with the electrical system, we will not be able to turn on the ac anytime soon. The temps range from high fifties at night to mid 80s during the day , the cider is pretty much done...
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    Hoegarrden , I am in love

    I picked some of this stuff up the other day and I love it, even more than Paulaner hefe!! Has anyone had problems with imported Hefe being skunked, the last few 12 packs I got, it has tasted like banana bread/mushroom fungal. I am a seasoned hefe lover, so I appricate the...
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    Cider using nottingham yeast? What are your results?

    let me know how it cames out, when I pitched the yeast it was supsended in the carboy, kinda werid.
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    Cider using nottingham yeast? What are your results?

    I am brewing some right now,what is the flavor profile with the nottingham yeast?
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    LME wheat kit with Nottingham yeast?

    I really dont want to do a traditional Hefe, I used to love Paulaner and frankskanizer, but after I made a hefe that turned into banana bread beer. After that I lost all my taste for real german hefes. All I taste now is banana flavor and there is a possiblity that my local beer store has let...
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    LME wheat kit with Nottingham yeast?

    what liquid yeast would you guys recomend? Non Hefe please.
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    LME wheat kit with Nottingham yeast?

    I want to give them a chance, but what about using a "less" flavorful yeast like nottingham? what would that be like? I want a safe brew.
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    LME wheat kit with Nottingham yeast?

    I know to some of you hefe lovers, that this is a bad idea, but I wanted some thoughts about it. The last couple of Hefes I have done were huge problems with banana taste that has left me losing my taste for even commerical hefes because of it as strange as it is. What type of flavor...
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    The Common Beer Drinker...Does this happen to you?

    I cant drink Bud Light, Miller Light, Coors light and most non micro brews, except Sam Adams , that is pretty good stuff. The Change was made when I drank my first Paulaner after a friend kept raving about this wheat beer from Germany after a trip. Now I hate regular beers, but I find...
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    Commerical Hefes.........

    Yet again, the banana in my Paulaner is a normal banana taste that most hefes have, what I am talking about is the following taste. The nastiest Banana candy, banana extract and old banana bread and put into a glass with some hefe and that is what my latest 12 packs of frankinskaner tastes...
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    Commerical Hefes.........

    well although I have made hefes in the past and do not have time to brew right now, I am talking about cases of Spaten/frankinskaner/ Hefe, its like eating a bananas, its awful. I have bought cases upon cases of it and the last few 12 packs I have bought are banana bread. I have switched...
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    Commerical Hefes.........

    I was wondering if people have had the same problem. I love GERMAN Hefes, not American wheats or whatever you want to call them, they are not the same animal so for this discusion, I am only talking about German Hefes. Lately, I have found that there is a lot of banana taste to my hefes...
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    Aged Apfelwein

    Opened another bottle, I would advise that everyone "cellar" some AW, this stuff gets better with age!!!
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    nottingham yeast used for cider?

    What is the flavor profile when nottingham is used with cider, I have a bunch of it and it needs to be used. thanks
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    Cider and Fruit juice combos?

    What are some good juices to mix with before putting it in the primary? I have read in one book that pear juice reduces tart and sour flavors in cider when mixed. Recomendations?
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    Man, I love Apfelwein

    Ed I have to admit that I didnt really like AW at first, but the aged stuff atleast for me was in a different class. Very smooth and unwine like. I am going to save a bottle and open it at the year mark to see how it will be.
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    Man, I love Apfelwein

    I posted about this earlier in the wine forum, but I didnt like AW until it had aged about 6 months, its much different than when its only a few months old. I cant wait to see what its like at a year!!! What about cold conditioning?
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    Man, I love Apfelwein

    Ed or anyone, I have an old Mr.Beer keg that is just sitting around doing nothing, I want to start using it to make some more apfelwein. My question is would it be bad to use a Mr.beer for brewing since it doesnt have an air lock, as I plan on keeping it in the primary (mr.beer) for well over a...
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