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Other Fermentables / Re: Need a good strawberry mead recipe, 1 gallon
« on: July 13, 2014, 01:31:39 AM »
true, I should have done the math. so it's about 1.168 OG. I would guess it'll stay sweet with many yeasts. do you have a favorite?

No I don't, still a mead novice. I think I may go with D47 or narbonne. Still undecided.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Need a good strawberry mead recipe, 1 gallon
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:52:32 PM »
Well 4 lbs is quite a bit of sugar for a 1 gallon batch. was thinking of narbonne or D47.

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Other Fermentables / Need a good strawberry mead recipe, 1 gallon
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:12:34 PM »
I have 4 lbs of wildflower honey that's begging to get it on with some strawberries & have a sweet boozy baby. Got a 4 lb bag of strawberries ready for it too. Was thinking 2 lb in primary, 2 in secondary? Is that a good amount? I want it to be sweet, can someone reccomend a good yeast that will work through 4lb honey & leave enough residual sugar to have a sweet (but not too sweet) mead?

Also, should I use acid blend or pectin? how much?

Thanks!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Is this saison contaminated?
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:05:39 PM »
It tastes fine. Just never saw something like that in my ~35 batches. Its for a friend and on a short time limit so I was a bit worried. Was planning on kegging it today, but maybe I should throw it in cold storage for a day so some yeast floats down? FG is at 1.000 (maybe less).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Is this saison contaminated?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:53:30 PM »
You need to host the picture elsewhere (picasa, flicker, and such) then use the little mona lisa icon to add the address for the file.

Well I got a link to it, can't figure out how to embed the pic on the post, hope it helps.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Is this saison contaminated?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:36:47 PM »
Cant figure out how to add a picture of it. Can someone tell me how?

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All Grain Brewing / Is this saison contaminated?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:35:04 PM »
Think it went south, don't know why. Recipe was:
4.5 lb Belgian pilsner
2.75 lb German vienna
.75 torrified wheat
1 oz UK Kent Goldings (60 min)
0.25 oz Styrian Goldings (Celeia) (10 min)
0.25 oz Saaz (10 min)
0.75 oz Styrian Goldings (Celeia) (2 min)
0.75 oz Saaz (2 min)
1 oz bitter orange peel (flameout)
1 oz coriander seed (flameout)
3711 French saison
fermented for 13 days at about 75. Can someone tell me what it is? I followed my normal sanitation routine and have never had a bad batch before.

[/url]CAM01077 by caddywhompusbeer, on Flickr[/img]

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter finished in 10 hrs?
« on: October 12, 2011, 04:16:46 PM »
Got the final numbers for the Belgian. Went from 1.079 down to 1.016 so all went well. Tasted it and I think its going to be really nice after its in secondary for a month or so. I have a gallon wine jug for starters now so shouldn't have a worry next time. Gonna need one shortly for a Pliny clone. :)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: pick up tube picked up most the trub
« on: October 11, 2011, 02:05:59 PM »
Just ordered ingredients for a pliny clone. Gonna see if my keggle's pick up tube will allow me to whirlpool all that hop to the center. Been thinking about a new tube that picks up from the side but we'll see how my current one works for it.

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Ingredients / Re: crystal malt 45L
« on: October 11, 2011, 01:59:42 PM »
I went with Rahr caramel 40. Hopefully the flavor is about the same. Ive done 3 AG batches now so I don't know much about different grains yet. Either way, I know I'll like it. We don't get pliny anywhere near Okla so I don't have anything to compare with. Hope my ingredients get here in time to brew this Saturday.

I am very excited though  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sometimes Supply Outpaces Demmand....
« on: October 10, 2011, 10:39:09 PM »
I can't wait till I have this problem you all speak of!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: steeped grains @ 180 for 15 min
« on: October 10, 2011, 05:52:54 PM »
Most all the kits I made when I started brewing advised 2 gal of water with the specialty grains at anywhere from 155-170, thats why I've always used that on extract batches with specialty grains. Wish I had some ph test strips on hand.

When and how will I tell if I goofed it up? Never had a problem with a batch so I'm unfamiliar with a lot of troubleshooting.

you will know when it is done. Think big red wine or slightly over steeped black tea. I have had tannic problems and it is not a huge deal. It just gets a little dryness on the back of the tongue that isn't in line with the overall beer.

So it shouldn't be bad enough to give people a fish face?  :D. The intended recipients are mainly BMC drinkers whom I'd like to convert, so I just want to put my best foot forward so to speak

not in my experience but I may not have made one really bad. The BMC crowd can be tough though.

Lol I know right!  ;D

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: steeped grains @ 180 for 15 min
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:51:49 PM »
Most all the kits I made when I started brewing advised 2 gal of water with the specialty grains at anywhere from 155-170, thats why I've always used that on extract batches with specialty grains. Wish I had some ph test strips on hand.

When and how will I tell if I goofed it up? Never had a problem with a batch so I'm unfamiliar with a lot of troubleshooting.

you will know when it is done. Think big red wine or slightly over steeped black tea. I have had tannic problems and it is not a huge deal. It just gets a little dryness on the back of the tongue that isn't in line with the overall beer.

So it shouldn't be bad enough to give people a fish face?  :D. The intended recipients are mainly BMC drinkers whom I'd like to convert, so I just want to put my best foot forward so to speak

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: steeped grains @ 180 for 15 min
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:44:20 PM »
Most all the kits I made when I started brewing advised 2 gal of water with the specialty grains at anywhere from 155-170, thats why I've always used that on extract batches with specialty grains. Wish I had some ph test strips on hand.

When and how will I tell if I goofed it up? Never had a problem with a batch so I'm unfamiliar with a lot of troubleshooting.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: steeped grains @ 180 for 15 min
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:11:19 PM »
Sorry, this is an extract kit. Doing it instead of AG for time constraints. 2 gal water for 1 lb grain, and once I checked it I stirred till it was back to 160 and left it for about 5 more minutes. Poured 1/2 gal water over top to rinse. I'm new to this city so haven't got a water profile yet. All water for this beer is wallyworld purified water.

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