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Other Fermentables / Re: 1st Mead - Green Olive Aroma/Flavor
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:18:31 AM »
Some quick observations.

Filtered tap water, do you have chloramines in your water supply? 
Total volume 6 gal w/ 12# honey is around 1.080 OG or less.  Using champagne yeast will chew this down to dry.  If you did a 4 day nutrient addition, you may have added nutrients well past 50% sugar depletion giving an off flavor and aroma if fermentation was vigorous.

Charcoal Filtered water is same as used for brewing beer, no chloramines that I am aware of.
5 Gallons O.G. was 1.091
Made 10-26-2014, 10-29-2014 refractometer reading of 1.076. I did not adjust the reading as I just wanted to get an idea where it was. The last nutrient addition was done on this day. I don't think it was past 50%.
11-21-2014 Hydrometer reading .995 to 1.000.
No signs of "vigorous" fermentation during first four days when mead was stirred for degassing.
I did not measure pH at anytime during the process. I should have.

Other Fermentables / 1st Mead - Green Olive Aroma/Flavor
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:08:20 AM »
Made my first Mead, after 4 weeks smells and tastes a little like green olives. I plan on transferring soon and aging for a few months at least. Wondering if this is a normal aroma/flavor for something this young and if it will go away?

Northern Brewer Artisinal Dry Mead Kit
12# Ames Farms Clover Honey
5 Gallons Filtered Tap Water
Wyeast 4021 Champagne Yeast, Made a 1.75 liter starter with about 1 to 1-1/2 cups Sue Bee honey, S.G. 1.045. Decanted starter, (I may have decanted some good yeast as it was not very compact.)
Staggered Nutrient additions at day 1-2-3-4.
Fermented at 60-64
Made 10-26-2014, tasted 11-21-2014.


Beer Recipes / Re: Help Please! I need to fill a friend's keg
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:07:44 AM »
BVIP is "bourbon vanilla imperial porter"?  Does anyone know of a good extract recipe for a dark old ale under 7% abv?

Yep, Denny's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter. Sorry I can't help you on the Old Ale recipe.

Beer Recipes / Re: Help Please! I need to fill a friend's keg
« on: November 06, 2014, 11:55:40 AM »
BVIP is always a good go to for me in the winter.

Could you install the stopper from the inside to help prevent it from being pushed out?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: River beer
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:11:44 AM »
I'm confused, it seems as if the water they were trying to portray as "safe" is not even close to what was actually being brewed with?

"Clean Water Services (CWS), a semi-governmental utility that handles wastewater, stormwater and other water-management services for all Washington County cities, proposed a beer competition in order to demonstrate the purity of its processed water."

“We wanted to take it directly out of the treatment plant because we produce this effluent that very nearly meets Safe Drinking Water Act standards,” said Mark Jockers, CWS’ manager of government and public affairs. But regulations from Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality complicated that plan, he said.

So instead, CWS drew the “river beer” water from an area near Tualatin Community Park, immediately downstream from CWS’s Durham treatment plant. At that point, the cleaned effluent accounts for 30 percent of the river’s water, Jockers said.

To meet DEQ’s strict regulations, CWS then ran the water through a special, experimental high-purity system at its Fernhill Road site in Forest Grove.

The result exceeded drinking-water standards, Jockers said.

The Pub / Re: Natural Born Losers
« on: August 21, 2014, 05:50:32 AM »
Can't Fix Stupid

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 05, 2014, 11:29:06 AM »
I'm in, wife too!

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio Ron Bilotta
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:10:23 AM »
Hi Ron,

Good to meet you.

As a Minnesota ex-pat I can tell you your are missing some great friends and information if you don't belong to
one of the local brew clubs. Check 'em out. I belonged to the Minn. Homebrewers Assoc. for many years and made some wonderful friends and found some amazing mentors.

Having your wife brew with you is awesome. My husband went through the whole brew day with me once. Now he tells everybody how "easy" brewing is.....makes me laugh.

Thanks Diane. Joining a club is definitely on my list of things to do.

Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio Ron Bilotta
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:05:47 AM »
Brewer Bio: Ron Bilotta

Me at New Glarus last year

Who Are You (please include a picture): Ron Bilotta, AKA “metronbrewer”
Home Town (City, State): White Bear Lake, MN
Homebrew Club: I have not joined one, yet
I've been a homebrewer since: I brewed a few extract batches many years ago, but got back into the hoppy, I mean hobby, in December 2009. Brewed 16 extract batches and then jumped into All-Grain, coming up on batch 94.
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? Nothing major, running out of propane, boil overs, leaky mash tun.
What is your favorite style(s) to brew? IPA
What style(s) will you never brew? Nothing definite at this point, but any style that I don’t particularly care for probably will not get brewed.
What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out? Northern Brewer “Steller Tois” extract kit. It was good. My palate sure has matured since then.
Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? Nope, most of my mistakes have been “oops’s” and they turned out ok.
What is your favorite beer recipe? My house IPA in development is pretty good; Greg Muller’s “Racer 5” clone is tasty as well. My wife and I took a keg of that down in about 3 weeks. People really like the BVIP from Denny as well.
Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging? Not a judge.
Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world? Not a judge.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? I think Brun’Water has probably helped me the most in taking the taste of my beer to the next level.
Describe your brew system. Denny’s Cheap-N-Easy cooler, aluminum kettle on propane. I am in the process of turning my downstairs workshop into a brew-house, and converting to electric.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? Probably 20-25 batches per year.
What is your favorite malt?  Why? I use a lot of Rahr Pale Ale malt for the versatility.
What is your favorite hop? Why? Centennial, I just like that flavor.
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast? My favorite yeast is probably US-05, just due to the convenience.
Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share? Not in a club.
What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer? Not really a question but my wife and I took a “Beercation last year. We visited, New Glarus, (the hard hat tour), Capital Brewing, Ale Asylum, Minhas Brewing, and the Lazy Monk. I’m really looking forward to my first National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids this year!
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him? I’d love to give Denny Conn, Martin Brungard, Brad Smith, as well as most of the people on this forum a beer, just to thank them for all the help they’ve given me.
Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew? I keg pretty much everything so no labels.
What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew? I don’t really use anything unusual. I’m a bit boring that way, but I like my beer to taste like “beer”.
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients? My laptop is named “Centennial”
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? I’ve only entered one, the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. I did not medal but was very happy with a 30.50 for my first competition. While I’d like to win a medal, someday, I’m not really brewing to compete.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? I brew with my wife.
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? Currently an outdoor brewer.
List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite? I usually just name my beers by their style, pretty boring I know.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg hopping while carbing
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:50:32 PM »
I use un-waxed dental floss, right through the lid, no problem with leaks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Volunteering at 2014 NHC?
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:31:57 PM »
My wife and I are planning on attending our first National Homebrewers Cconference  this year. I was wondering what opportunities there are for volunteering at the conference. And looking for suggestions for a couple of newbies. We've never volunteered at any competitions or conferences before so I'm not sure what qualifications would be required/beneficial.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA community
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:42:51 AM »
Maybe this year we can arrange a more formal AHA Forum meetup at NHC and put faces to names.

This would be awesome! I'm looking forward to attending my first NHC and would love to put faces to names.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlpool Conundrum - my first post! :)
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:43:17 AM »
I recirculate through my pump and plate chiller during the entire boil.  At the end of the boil I use a 3-way valve to only recirculate using the pump and the kettle.  This is my whirlpool.  When that's done I run the wort through the plate chiller and into the fermenter.

Can you tell me why you recirculate through the entire boil? Is it just for sanitizing purposes?

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2 & Inventory
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:09:41 PM »
I was thinking about reestablishing my inventory in BS as well.  I have the same problem remembering to remove inventory after a brew session or not remembering if I have already done it. 

The software should have something that tells you whether you have removed the items from inventory already or not.  That would be very helpful.  I "try" to move my completed brews to a separate folder and remove the items from inventory at the same time but I am rarely successful.

I agree it would be nice if there was a "flag" indicating if inventory had been issued or not. One of the very last notations I make on my "Brew Notes" is the date that I "Removed Inventory". If there is no note, I know I still need to.

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