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Equipment and Software / Upflow Sparging
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:10:03 PM »
Has anyone tried to distribute sparge water with screen or something in bottom and sparge from bottom up and collect wort from the top?

Other Fermentables / Using Concentrate - Reusing Off Gas to Carb
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:49:42 AM »
K - need to pick ur brains - again. So have apples coming out my ying yang (have already made 40 or 50 gals) - want to make a sweetish apple wine - have taken the apple juice and froze it and drained the concentrate out of it (reduced from 24 to 8 L). Want to ferment with yeast that terminates at say 12 - 15% abv and have some residual sweetness - any suggestions? - am going to shoot for a sg of say 1.12. Another observation - the first off gas from fermentation appears to have a lot of the aroma and is lost - am going to "bag" the ga, compress it and use it to carb to hopefully reinstall some of the aromatics - any idea of how much volume would be produced from say 1.12 to 1.02 sg?

Other Fermentables / Using Stevia to Sweeten
« on: September 07, 2013, 01:32:39 AM »
Has anyone tried stevia to backsweeten? Am assuming it will not be affected by yeast but does have a subtle funky aftertaste.

Other Fermentables / Wort to Sweeten/Add Body to Cider?
« on: August 23, 2013, 02:42:04 AM »
Has anyone tried adding 10-20% wort mashed at 155 F+ to add subtle sweetness/body to cider?

General Homebrew Discussion / Using maple sap in beer
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:53:45 AM »
I have made a number of batches entirely with maple sap but not really paying attention to ph alkt etc. has anyone else made beer with it and what were your additions for all grain? My other batches were amber med body with two good batches and the latest not so good. Cannot find good information on the chemical composition of it to know what it may need for a great beer. Am going to be shooting for a pils this time.

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