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I want it carbonated.

I will be bottling.

If I use the can concentrate, wont it just ferment out when bottle condition?

Yes but its properties are different than juice from fresh apples or pasteurized. For what you have now you'll need to add something that'll ferment enough to carbonate the bottles. A can of juice might do the trick and leave a hint of sweetness but remain dry. You could use brown sugar or even honey. Really depends on what it tastes like now. Got a description?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Fire!
« on: October 14, 2010, 08:02:34 PM »
I am thinking about getting one of these and incorporating it into a cook/brew station on my deck. Will any of you post pictures of your setup?


Not really setup like this anymore but a good example of the flame:

Equipment and Software / Re: What can I do with a keg...
« on: October 14, 2010, 07:30:59 PM »
I was offered a 15 gallon keg for 10 bucks but I'm not sure if it's something I will be able to use.  I only make 5 gallon batches so I certainly can't fill it.  It is a commercial keg.  If I wanted to put beer in it how would I clean it and/or fill it?  What else could I do with it? 

If you decide to take it- a keggle is the best choice unless you use sankey. Just be careful opening it since it can be quite dangerous. Think "spear". There's instructions for that and cutting the top on the web if not in this forum.

Do you guys ever leave it dry? Im about to bottle some cider and I prefer it dry. Will it be too dry?

My wife and others may like it on the sweet side. So I may split the batch and try back sweetening some. Actually maybe I wont since I ahve no way to force carbonate, but maybe a still, sweet cider.

I am also guessing that after three years of aging it may need more yeast?

Do you plan to have it still or carbonated? And to answer your first question I like it on the dry side. Just not sour. If you use frozen concentrate you can achieve a decent Dry Cider that isn't sour in just a few weeks.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Delerium Tremens
« on: October 14, 2010, 07:08:40 PM »
Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong ale. Only 8.5% ABV. Light golden pale straw color. Effervescent, lightly hopped with a faint sweet fruity aroma. Faintly sweet on the palate.

I've waited 3 years to try it. It's very fine. Dangerous because the alcohol flavor is subdued and sneaky. Hence the name I suppose...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Flamable Fermentation!
« on: October 14, 2010, 06:01:57 PM »
Methane? Woohoo. Sounds nasty. I've let stuff spontaneously ferment before. Even tried a berliner-weisse but ended up tossing it out. Good luck it's supposed to end up great.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using Wort for Starter
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:39:49 PM »
Go ahead and try it. My opinion is that "fermentation temperature" is still within the danger-zone for bacteria. You'll probably be fine though. Not many of us will advise you to do it as a regular technique.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using Wort for Starter
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:12:27 PM »
Yeah. Go ahead and pitch your yeast if you made the brew. Reserve wort for next time and make your starter in advance.

Good luck.

Ingredients / Re: re-using dryhops
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:09:43 PM »
Can we please throw more abbreviations into our posts?
I currently understand way too much of what everyone is saying.

Me too!  :P ROTFL

Equipment and Software / Re: CFC to Whirlpool question
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:05:20 PM »
I went to hop bags. Clogging problem solved. However, If I were to brew a lager then whirlpooling the trub would be more important to me.

I would say no since one can will dilute but add a significant amount of sugar. Add some sorbate to play it safe. One can is enough for me to round out five gallons.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic Cases for 12 oz Bottles?
« on: October 14, 2010, 04:29:46 PM »
My moral compass is fine where it is.  ::)

The Pub / Re: Raise a Pint of Something
« on: October 14, 2010, 12:55:09 PM »
A very long shift. I wonder if they'll get paid for the entire time down there.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic Cases for 12 oz Bottles?
« on: October 14, 2010, 12:53:18 PM »
At least some money would percolate around. But don't steal. Just like kegs its bad.

Try this:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic Cases for 12 oz Bottles?
« on: October 14, 2010, 12:10:31 PM »
Milk crates. Hmm. I also was thinking of those plastic flats they deliver 20oz, and 2&3 liter soda bottles in.

Both crates and soda carriers usually stack up behind convenience stores. Lifting them would be unethical IMO so I don't advocate taking any. Though slipping a twenty to the clerk might work. ;)

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