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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Racking techniques
« on: Today at 07:50:34 AM »
My experience with mead is that the oxidation at racking does not have nearly the effect as on beer and some oxidation is part of the ageing process. I recommend a racking cane.
When racking from primary to carboy I don't mind picking up a bit of sediment. I am more careful racking into tertiary and try to get it perfect when racking to bottling bucket.
If you ever get into kegging and have the equipment anyway, Martin's advice is great.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation stopped
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:08:22 AM »
It is not unusual for S-04 to complete fermentation in four days. http://www.fermentis.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/SafAle-S-043.pdf


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Not sure what the gravity is here but its a RIS so maybe a little longer.
OP: even if terminal gravity is reached its good to leave in the fermenter for a couple weeks before bottling as even though fermentation may be complete the yeast still "cleans up" off flavors produced during fermentation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation stopped
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:40:38 AM »
If you are basing the conclusion that fermentation stopped on just visual information i.e. there is no longer krausen then chances are its still fermenting. The krausen typically falls away after a few days but it is still fermenting.
Take a gravity reading with sanitized equipment today then again in 2 days. If the gravity is lower the second time its definitly still fermenting.
If there has been no big temperature swings where the fermenter is I would actually wait another week before testing because I doubt very much that fermentation stopped.

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Other Fermentables / Re: pymenteer
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:29:37 AM »
We pretty much make our mead based on the fruit we grow or forage being available so no, but I imagine grape juice is what most do.
If I were going that route I would go with wine grapes from a winemaker supplier.

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Other Fermentables / Re: pymenteer
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:09:26 AM »
We usually simply forage a few different types of wild grapes, freeze, thaw, mash up and place in the mead must in mesh bags during fermentation.

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I would go with a British mild or pale ale.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first octoberfest
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:24:42 AM »
Using a hydrometer? Calibrated recently?

How would I calibrate the hydrometer?

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Your not so much calibrating as checking the calibration and adjusting if it's off. Simply look at your chart you get and see what temperature it is meant to be used at and test it in plain water at that temp. It should be very close to 1.000.
Also, when measuring the gravity of wort or beer make sure you adjust for temperature using that chart.

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All Things Food / Re: Bread
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:19:31 AM »
Beet sourdough

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Just more flour. Flour both the banneton and the dough, being especially careful that the part of that banneton that the bread will rise into is also covered.
Looks really nice! I have problems with my dough sticking to my banneton's every time. I dust them with flour and corn meal sometimes and still they stick. Any tricks?

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All Things Food / Re: Bread
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:44:24 PM »
Beet sourdough

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Beer Recipes / Re: Holiday Cranberry Ale help
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:15:39 PM »
I use fresh cranberries in mead. Just pulled them in a food processor and put them in a mesh bag in the fermenter and they give all their flavor and color.
Why have I never tried this instead of my convoluted freeze/smash/freeze/smash procedure?  ???

This makes me wish that my chickens didn't eat all my cranberries this year. I have a cider ready to keg and cranberry cider is awesome.
The robocoup 450 turbo Bermixer is a good way to prepare 2 crates of cranberries.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Choice of honey for mead
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:11:27 PM »
I have a connection where I can usually get local wildflower honey for 60# at $150. That's a producer/seller giving it to me for roughly their cost. He is charging $205 to others.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Choice of honey for mead
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:27:32 AM »
The type of honey determines aroma and flavor rather than sugar content and yeast selection. I recommend getting it from a local apiary. You might be able to buy just the amount you need. Good ol wildflower honey is great.
Don't fret about yeast. The easiest and best is dry yeast. Get lalvin d47 for a traditional mead or one with only light fruit added like apple or pear. For now use lalvin 71b for anything else. It's a very forgiving all purpose yeast.
As far as recipes go just use any simple recipe thinking about how strong you want it. More important is method: make sure you understand staggered nutrient additions.
Have fun!

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy reader survey
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:17:49 PM »
Btw since my answer was basically meaningless I'll say hear I like one main, in depth article and several short ones.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy reader survey
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:15:44 PM »
Is this question a typo?:
"In a perfect world would you like to see more shorter features or less longer features?"
It's like heads I win tails you lose.

Sorry for any confusion there. The intent of the question is to gauge whether readers generally prefer depth over breadth or vice versa. For the same word/page count, more shorter features would mean we cover more topics with less space devoted each one. Fewer longer features would mean we treat only a handful of topics in an issue but do so in more depth.

This is to gauge general preference, and it's not an either/or proposition. There's room for both. A long feature might be just the thing when you're on vacation. A shorter feature might be better if you tend to read in bed and (like me) have about 5 minutes max before you can't hold your head up any longer. I just want to gain a sense of whether readers tend to lean one way or the other so we get the right mix of content.
Got it. For some reason that sentence wasn't scanning for me when I read it.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy reader survey
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:02:08 PM »
Is this question a typo?:
"In a perfect world would you like to see more shorter features or less longer features?"
It's like heads I win tails you lose.

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