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  1. Tennessee Brew

    Home Brew Beer Soap

    I know this is way outside of the general homebrew topic but it still involves home brewing.. or does it? I have a friend wanting to make a beer soap. I got to thinking, if one used grains then afterward incorporated that spent grain into the soap then it should take on the same scent as the...
  2. Tennessee Brew

    Raising ABV after secondary?

    Ok so I intentionally made a low ABV Peach however I really don't like it, it is a little too low, came out about 7-8 percent. So I want to do two things here, bump the peach flavor and bump the ABV. so I figured either a peach concentrate or just get some peaches and go to town smashing like a...
  3. Tennessee Brew

    Wine Question (post fermentation)

    (1) Ok so I fermented 5 gallon of blackberry from Vintners wine base. It been in primary since 10/25 I was going to move it to a secondary but didn't have the carboys free. Should be ok right? (2) I want to do this one right so should I add potassium sorbate before I bottle this? Someone told me...
  4. Tennessee Brew

    Malt in wine?

    Ive never tried this, I love the taste of malt and I just started a Black plum and Nectarine wine. I thought about stalling out the fermentation just short of finishing and then adding some malt for flavor and sweetness. Anyone ever done this? Sounds tasty as moms plum pie :D I may do this and...
  5. Tennessee Brew

    Affordable Home Brew Supplies

    Ive been scouring the internet and figured I would ask here. Where is the best place to get home brew supplies? Not equipment but malts, grains etc. Im not sure if mention of a particular supplier is within the rules so I will leave it here for now. Im a poor boy so saving is critical for me.
  6. Tennessee Brew

    Pulp or Juice?

    Im planning to start a cider in a few days so I was wondering, Is it better to press and just use the juice or use the pulp as well? Ive also heard of some folks cooking the apples down but to me it seems that might mess with the flavor im looking for. I like a tart apple cider, I made one with...
  7. Tennessee Brew

    Brewing with Simple Earth 90 Second Rice

    I wonder if this will ferment? Has anyone tried Simple Earth 90 Second. Brown rice? I picked up a bag, I can see nothing about preservatives, was just curious if this will work? It does have canola oil though so that may be a bit nasty :S
  8. Tennessee Brew

    Nice Hoppy Surprise

    Friend of mine was giving up brewing so he tossed me 10 lbs of hops. I have Centennial 4lbs Nugget 3 lbs GR Northern Brewer 3.lbs Never used any of these before but I hear Centennial makes a nice beer. Nugget from what I read makes a very bitter drink? Centennial is 8.7 AA so I am wondering...
  9. Tennessee Brew

    DME No Boil Experiment

    Ok so I read over and over and pretty much knew myself that you really don't need to boil extract. I got to thinking, perhaps when you do boil it you reduce flavors, so I decided an experiment. Using purified spring water I put little over 1 gallon into my pot. Brown rice was already prepared...
  10. Tennessee Brew

    Malt Crazy Ideas - Pies & Cobbler?

    Ok I love malt, hell I would eat eggs with malt in it. I got to thinking just a few days ago about some ideas as to uses for malt. I love pies and cobbler so my inner mad scientist came out. Malt Peach Cobbler or Malt Apple Pie. Ive heard of recipes like this and wonder if any of you have had...
  11. Tennessee Brew

    Yeast or a more sinister invader?

    Did a Banana wine, smells fine but this came to the surface. (the white particles) Im thinking yeast it doesn't look fuzzy, it will fall out if agitated slightly. The darker is obviously raisins.
  12. Tennessee Brew

    Copied 1 Gallon Beer Kit Modified (and screwed up) :D

    Ok guys I took the ingredients from a Brewers best 1 gallon DME and modified it. My last one came out ok, bit weak and I messed up and dry hopped making it a bit harsh on the bitterness but its still drinkable. So I decided to change it up some and still ended up screwing one recipe up RECIPE 1...
  13. Tennessee Brew

    First Mead

    I started my first mead, someone told me to use 3lb honey to a gallon, Jesus almighty my OG is 1.120 Should I just let it be and see what it does or cut and make 1.5gallons? I was shooting for a sweet mead but Imp afraid the yeast are going to die off way to early leaving some funky flavors...
  14. Tennessee Brew

    The light in my head is flickering- Malt Syrup?

    Funny how minds work, especially mine. While brewing some beer last night I thought to myself. DME, we use it to make drink, it tastes pretty darn good.. this may be amazing to make a malted syrup for pancakes or even a malted shake. Has anyone ever tried this? I mean it cant kill ya. I know its...
  15. Tennessee Brew

    Grain Brewing Question - Suggestion

    Ok I am totally new to grain brewing. All extract seems to be lacking in flavor. Im not partial to any one style beer other than the fact I don't like stouts or overly bitter flavors. So I'm looking to experiment with the following (as someone suggested) (1) Gallon recipe Briess 2 row 3/4 lb...
  16. Tennessee Brew

    5 Gallons Vintners Blackberry

    Ok so my real question here is this. I have a 5 gallon bucket, this calls for a total of 5 gal liquid (4 gal water 1 gal base). It will be right near the top. Would this be ok or do I need to just get a bigger bucket to allow head room? Going to be under airlock and I suppose if I wanted to have...
  17. Tennessee Brew

    Copied Beer Kit Question

    Ok so I copied an American Classic kit by Brewers Best. 12 ounces Pilsen light DME, 4 ounces rice syrup solids and 11g Lemon drop hops. Brewed up fine, looks great, smells great so when I put t in secondary I decided to do a sip taste test, its pretty weak. Taste like its watered down beer. Will...
  18. Tennessee Brew

    Rice Syrup Substitute for a light American beer

    I seen older threads n this, didn't want to bump an old thread, figured a new one will only add to the help of others seeking this answer. So as I understand it, rice syrup solids are just to add to the ABV correct? So as I've read you can substitute corn syrup (not my favorite) honey or maple...
  19. Tennessee Brew

    Musselman's 100% Apple Cider

    Ok guys I used Musselsman's Pure Pressed Cider for my second batch. Started on the 28th it was bubbling like mad then slowed mid week and now on just 4 days in there is no activity on the airlock. I did pour this onto the old lees so maybe I screwed up there. I was told it would be ok. We used...
  20. Tennessee Brew

    Tennessee Home Brews Russian Kvass

    I decided to do some experiments with Russian Kvass. I like the bread like taste so our to start we are going to do a traditional Kvass with dark rye bread. Second we are going to change it up a bit and do a Wheat Bread. As we move along we may experiment with different things, flavors...