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  1. summersolstice

    Starter Hunting Rifle

    While I prefer the 30-06 for all the reasons stated above, remember that we're talking about an 11-year old. I personally think that the recoil may prove too much for a beginning hunter, especially at that age. A .243 is plenty of gun for the purposes the OP described and won't turn off a young...
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    Wine Ingredient Kit

    I too would go with either a Wine Expert Vintner's Reserve or World Vineyard white - and, given your stated preference in style and age, maybe a Luna Bianca, Riesling, or a Liebfraumilch. Too bad you just missed the recent Northern Brewer 2 for 1 sale on these kits.
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    Rookie mistake

    I wonder about the wisdom of admitting such a mistake in an open forum but I deserve the criticism. I made a batch of light Belgian golden ale last night and everything went smoothly. I quickly cooled down the wort and pitched it on top of a yeast cake from a Tripel I had just racked to the...
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    Northernbrewer had to go and change their site :-/

    I needed something from their site today and had the same problem. This is what the customer service rep told me.
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    Clear beer!

    One of my first efforts. This is a very light bodied braggott.
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    Buy one, get one free wine kit at Northern Brewer!

    They had a good selection yesterday morning when I placed my order. I've seen this promotion placed on other wine making sites and my guess is that it's been so popular they've already sold enough to deplete their stocks.
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    Polish mead

    I've tried several of the Polish meads and have found them to be very well done.
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    Buy one, get one free wine kit at Northern Brewer!

    This is a great deal. I just ordered two kits.
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    What type fermenters are these?

    These are called Tuff-Tanks. EC Kraus sells them.
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    Kearney here
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    Yeast stuck to side of glass in JAOM

    I occasionally tap the side of the carboy with my finger over a period of a few weeks to allow the very fine yeast residue to sink and I never rack my JAOM.
  12. summersolstice

    Cranberry Pomegranate Wine Experiment

    As Tusch indicated, it will be very dry unless you stabilize and sweeten with more juice and/or sugar. I use fairly low gravity cran/pom juice to make dry sparkling wine in crown cap bottles.
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    Purpose of secondary for wine?

    Some would argue that there's not much difference in bulk and bottle aging but I think that a long (one year+) bulk aging helps bring the flavors together much better. There's also less temperature fluctuation in bulk batches compared to bottles. I have some mead that's been bulk aging for...
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    American Barleywine Friend of the Devil Barleywine

    This Barleywine is now 3 1/2 years old and I still have 8-10 bottles left. Last summer it took Best of Show at the local county fair among 80+ very good beers judged by BJCP judges. It's lasted as long as it has because I simply don't care for the style. I bring out a bottle every now and then...
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    American Barleywine Friend of the Devil Barleywine

    The containers came from a local Culligan drinking water vendor. They're designed to hold 5-gallon carboys and since they've moved to plastic they didn't need them any longer. I picked up four of them.
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    I've been ordering my green beans from Sweet Maria's for 8-9 years and, though they aren't the least expensive, I feel they have a great selection and certainly are very knowledgeable folks. I too use a hot air popper outdoors 7-8 months out of the year and a indoors under a range hood in the...
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    Belgian Dark Strong Ale Easy Chimay Blue clone

    No, I don't. While I currently almost always do all-grain, this was one of my first beers and I haven't made it since.
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    Belgian Dark Strong Ale Easy Chimay Blue clone

    I haven't looked at this thread in a couple of years and I'm surprised at the activity and the popularity of this recipe. Believe it or not, I still have some of this original recipe in bottles in my wine/mead/beer cellar in the basement. It's now nearly 4 years old and, on a whim, I entered it...