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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tepache Mead
« on: June 21, 2011, 06:00:47 AM »
I thought it  was a pineapple drink as well - I'm guessing there are other meanings to the word "Tepache" in rural Mexico.
(Zymurgy May/June 2011, pg. 40) I'll let you know how it turns out in 8-12 weeks...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Tepache Mead
« on: June 20, 2011, 06:42:59 PM »
I made my first batch of this stuff (as laid out in Zymurgy May/June). The recipe is very simple and replaces honey with 8lbs of sugar cane (piloncillo).

 I've never really used pure sugar in my beer/meads before, does anyone have an idea what sort of flavor profile I should expect and/or problems I may encounter along the way?

3 gal. batch
8 lbs Piloncillo sugar, water, cinnamon and Pasteur Champagne yeast...that's it.
Other spices will be added in secondary

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Zymurgy / Viva La Fermentation - Tepache Mead
« on: June 20, 2011, 06:36:41 PM »
I just finished reading Born To Run about the Tarahumara runners from Mexico. The book touches a bit on the wild parties these people have the night before a race. I was thinking as I read "I wish I could try some of their brew."

Tonight I whipped up a batch of Tepache Mead just as laid out in the article. I wondering if anyone else has tried this out and what their results were like??

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Off Flavor...tangy & cidery
« on: April 23, 2011, 02:16:44 PM »
I brewed it 3 weeks ago...5 days in plastic- the rest in glass carboy all at 66 deg.

I also upped the six-row to 2 lbs. I suppose this is what I learn from messing with a recipe. The taste really isn't that bad ,little tangy, now that the carbonation has set but, the hops are WAY off on this.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Off Flavor...tangy & cidery
« on: April 22, 2011, 07:44:51 PM »
It's a little yogurt-like.

Now that it's carbonated the smell has intensified and I'm wondering if it's the extra Columbus Hops I added. The beer is drinkable, but not...right. I may have to take a sample to the experts down the road at the local brew pub.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Off Flavor...tangy & cidery
« on: April 22, 2011, 03:44:30 PM »
I just finished brewing up a batch of CREAM SWILL from Denny Conn's article in Zymurgy. I kegged it and am waiting for it to fully carbonate but, the flat beer tasted a bit tangy or cidery when first sipped. I've been brewing for several years and this flavor is new to me.

This is the first batch that I've used a plastic fermentor and dry yeast (Safale American US-05). Could the plastic or yeast be the reason? Have I been infected by bacteria? Anyone know what causes this off flavor?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: plastic fermentation vessels and oxygen
« on: April 05, 2011, 05:39:56 PM »
I just switched from glass to plastic and life has gotten a whole lot simpler. Easier to clean and easier to transfer to secondary glass carboy. Just drill a hole (before you brew obviously) an 1.5" or so from bottom of bucket and add a ball valve, gravity does the work and little oxygen touches the beer.

Not blowing off the primary has had little effect on the taste of the beer, just a little more head ache the next morning.

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