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Other Fermentables / Re: non-alocholic sparkling cider
« on: July 29, 2010, 04:58:52 PM »
Sounds about right.

Other Fermentables / Re: Cider from store bought juice
« on: July 24, 2010, 12:56:55 PM »
I've made many many gallons of Cider- all from store-bought juice. Mostly cold-processed Apple Cider in gallon jugs from Walmart but frozen concentrate has been used as well.

Each renders a different type of cider. The FC ends up much drier with a slight bit of sweetness. The CP based cider was a little tart and I ended up "back-sweetening" with a couple cans of FC per keg. This balanced it out and everyone's commented how good it is.

Otherwise in my experience Cider ferments out almost completely leaving very little sweetness. Stunning the yeast before it does so is a technique to retain sweetness.

I've found keeping the gravity at 1.050 will give a nice strength without alcohol heat. The CP cider just gets poured into the fermenters and yeast is pitched. The FC gets boiled to sterilize and then diluted to desired gravity. I think the concentrating process makes it a little sweeter.

What type of yeast are you using? Thanks.

Other Fermentables / Re: Homemade hard lemonade
« on: July 24, 2010, 01:28:02 AM »
Why not just mix it by the drink?

Other Fermentables / Re: Homemade hard lemonade
« on: July 21, 2010, 12:28:50 PM »

She Who Must Be Obeyed.

I had to look it up.

Clearly, this calls for for some domestic diplomacy. It's my experience that wives/girlfriends/SO who "don't like beer" aren't properly educated as to the full range of beers out there. Carefully approach, her, bearing suitable glittery offerings, and ask her what it is about beer she doesn't like.

Try to find a good commercial example of a style of beer that she might favor. Share it with her. Carefully observe her reactions.  Like the male mantis, be prepared to flee at the first sign of trouble.

Start by trying her out on low-hop, slightly sweet styles, like Munich Helles, Blonde Ale, Koelsch, American Wheat and Hefeweizen. You might also try her on Berlinerweisse, if you can get it or brew it. If you can afford it, see if she goes for Flanders Red, Flanders Brown or Fruit Lambic (Lindeman's Framboise is innocuous and makes a good dessert topping if she doesn't drink it).

If she "sort of likes" a particular beer, have her try it with a bit of lemon. There's nothing wrong with beer cocktails like lemon and lager, radlermaas or shandy when conjugal bliss is at stake.

Once you've found a commercial style of beer that she likes well enough, try to dial in a really first-rate homebrewed version. Get her to collaborate on recipe design. She can't complain that much if she helped brew it.

If all that fails, you're probably better off just making a cocktail of lemonade and vodka or making lemon-flavored cordials.

Technically, foul swill like Mike's IS a "malt beverage," but that like saying that dollar store dog food is roast rack of spring lamb. The exact processes involved are secret, propriety and obscene. They are said to involve producing a high-gravity highly fermentable wort from malt and the blood of innocents, fermenting it with a highly-attenuative yeast strain drooled from the lips of hellhounds, and then filtering the result through a 0.2 micron filter while standing naked within a pentagram made of black candles and chanting in the Black Tongue. The resulting liquid is then treated with lemon-like flavor mixtures said to include the tears of tortured children and colorants rumored to be derived from the souls of 17 Hell-sworn SAB-Miller executives.

I might have gotten some of the details wrong, but it's definitely not something a sane and God-fearing homebrewer would want to get involved in. In my opinion.

Well stated.

Thank you for the definition. I think I know her.

Other Fermentables / Re: Homemade hard lemonade
« on: July 19, 2010, 06:19:38 PM »
Does it have to be carbonated?

Other Fermentables / Re: Homemade hard lemonade
« on: July 19, 2010, 12:44:23 AM »

Try this one.

Lemonade Hooch
2 lb Golden LME
2 lb Orange Blossom Honey
2 lb Corn Sugar
2 lb Frozen Raspberries
1 gallon water to 175 degrees
Add ingredients - recommend corn sugar first
cook at 160 for 20 minutes -
Note: Its hard to hold the temp at 160 so get it a little over and turn off heat and cover with lid.
Chill to 75 degrees
Add 5 cans frozen lemonade
Add 2 - 64 oz organic white grape juice
Note: I add a block of ice, frozen lemonade and chilled WG juice and it cools it down a bunch!
and top off to 5 gallons.
3/4 tsp Pectic Enzyme
5 tsp Yeast Nutrient
1 1/2 tsp Yeast Energizer
Stir well to aerate.
Add 2 champagne yeast (WLP715 or Red Star Champagne dry yeast)
Note: Red Star champagne yeast is way cheaper than WLP715!
Fermentation: Primary 7-10 days
Secondary: 14-21 days
Add: 24 hours prior to kegging/mixing
2 1/2 tsp Potassium Sorbate into secondary to kill remaining yeast.
Rack to Bottling bucket to mix remaining ingredients.
3 cans frozen lemonade
4-6 cups table sugar dissolved in hot water. (I add the frozen lemonade to cool down the hot water so I can add
the mixture anytime to the bottling bucket)
Keg and you will have leftovers to enjoy right after kegging.
Be Warned!!! This is over 40 proof!
Created by larmo22 . Last Modification: Monday 29 of June, 2009 01:21:17 EDT by larmo22 .
The original document is available at

The Pub / Re: Things that are better with alcohol...
« on: July 08, 2010, 03:13:09 PM »
Lawn mowing and marriage.

Other Fermentables / Re: I need a "making cider for dummies"
« on: June 16, 2010, 12:50:25 AM »
Thank you.

Other Fermentables / Re: I need a "making cider for dummies"
« on: June 15, 2010, 01:47:13 AM »
How much brown sugar do you use per gallon? Thanks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: June 04, 2010, 12:43:02 AM »
Thanks Gary. Now I can lose a card and still be safe, ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: June 03, 2010, 12:03:28 AM »
Got an interesting letter today. Another AHA membership kit showed up with a membership card and the rest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: May 27, 2010, 01:35:16 PM »
Woo hoo! My stuff came. It's the little things in life that sustain sanity.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: May 24, 2010, 10:21:47 PM »
Still waiting for my card, etc. Good Lord it takes forever.

After threatening to stick my head in the oven, Kathryn assured me that I would get a copy of "Scotch Ale" even though I didn't do the promotion thing. She should get a raise. Please cast one vote for a raise for Kathryn.

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