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Other Fermentables / Re: My First Cider
« on: October 18, 2012, 05:51:10 AM »
I'd say it's just young.  I give my ciders a couple months in primary, maybe 3-6 months in secondary and then a good bottle aging.

Whoops...I guess I jumped the gun a bit.  I thought it wasn't good to leave it in primary for an extended time due to yeast autolysis.  My gravity was right around 1.000 when I transferred to secondary.  I moved it last night to get it off the lees but will leave it in this one for a few months, then possibly keg it.

I assume you back sweeten it right at packaging time.

Thanks.  This makes me feel better because it really tasted awful last night.

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Other Fermentables / My First Cider
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:17:48 PM »
I started my first cider ever on September 16th.  5 gallons local cider, campden tablet for 24 hours then pitched Lavlin 71b yeast and did a primary for about 3 weeks.  Transferred from a bucket to a carboy and aged another 2+ weeks.  I transferred to another carboy tonight and took a sample to taste.  It was a tart, metallic taste and a bit of sulfur aroma. 

Any suggestions why there is a metallic taste, or is this normal before backsweetening it?

Thank you for your assistance...I promise to include you in my acceptance speech for the Ninkasi award  ;D

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The Pub / Re: Stratos (highest parachute jump attempt)
« on: October 16, 2012, 08:02:08 AM »
One of my Facebook friends posted this and it made me laugh:


 ;D ;D ;D

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical Talk Ideas
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:26:27 AM »
Take a look at some of the topics covered on Brew Strong:

http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/shows/Brew-Strong/Page-11

Lately it has been mostly Q&A and Pro-Brewing stuff, but in the earlier episodes, Jamil and John covered a wide range of topics. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: DFH b****es Brew
« on: October 12, 2012, 05:52:13 AM »
I have a bottle in my fridge that I picked up in CT around Christmas time.  May have to crack it open this weekend.

I just realized I still have this bottle in my fridge.  Original release I believe and hard as hell to find ( the liquor store had them in the back and you had to ask specifically for it).

Now I can get it off the shelf locally.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Competition
« on: October 10, 2012, 01:25:03 PM »
Admit it...they number the entries 1 - 20 and use this:

 ;D

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Beer Travel / Re: San Francisco
« on: October 10, 2012, 08:11:49 AM »
21st Ammendment always comes to mind.

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Ingredients / Re: Falconer's Flight
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:07:40 AM »
I have a pound in my freezer so I guess I should brew something with it.  Maybe I'll brew an IPA for Learn to Homebrew day, unless my club does a barrel project like we've been talking about.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Competition
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:05:23 AM »
I entered a competition with a Northern English Brown.  I scored a 36 and didn't even place. 

I had an IPA one year that scored a 40 and didn't place.  It was a sizable comp so I'm sure there were tons of entries in the IPA category.

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Ingredients / Re: Falconer's Flight
« on: October 08, 2012, 12:40:23 PM »
Found this from someone who posted on the Probrewer forum:

"Hopunion LLC Falconer's Flight™ is a proprietary pellet blend comprised of many of the Northwest's most premier hop varieties including the highly acclaimed Citra™, Simcoe®, and Sorachi Ace along with experimental hops and numerous other NW varieties."

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: German Beer Brand ID Help!
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:28:04 AM »
With a name like "Fart Ass Bang", it's gotta be a wheat beer  ;D

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Ingredients / Re: Acid rinse cloudy
« on: October 04, 2012, 01:07:30 PM »
I used to fall under the false assumption that cloudy meant not effective until I got my ph meter.  Under 3 is good for me  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:43:22 AM »
I've never had anything grow in my BB ( had a mouse fall in once ).  An extended soak with Oxiclean/PBW and they are clean.  Even the dried on krausen comes right off after the soak.
What concentration of Oxyclean do you use?(tablespoons/gallon)
Some in a bunch of water  ;D  I know, not very scientific.  If I had to guess, maybe 2 scoops in the 6 gallons and fill it right to the top.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:18:38 AM »
Anyone have any problems cleaning better bottles.  My concern is that since one cannot brush them clean, we are dependent on chemicals.  Anyone have problems with bacteria growth?

Thanks for all the good info.

I've never had anything grow in my BB ( had a mouse fall in once ).  An extended soak with Oxiclean/PBW and they are clean.  Even the dried on krausen comes right off after the soak.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:29:08 PM »
Better bottle vote here, mostly for the safety factor.  I soak mine in Oxiclean solution to clean or run it on the keg washer I just put together.  I have 3 6 gallons and 2 5 gallons ( currently aging a mead and a cider ). 

For primary fermentation, I use the orange carboy caps and 1/2" ID vinyl tubing for a blow off tube and can easily get 5.5 gallons in them with just the 1/2 gallon headspace without it blowing all over the place.  Sometimes I will use a foam inhibitor ( Fermcap-S) if it is a really big beer with a healthy starter.




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