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Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:30:29 AM »
Looks Great!!!

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Other Fermentables / Re: Using Stevia to Sweeten
« on: September 11, 2013, 07:00:02 AM »
Okay, I may give this a shot then.. I suspected something similar... 

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Other Fermentables / Re: Using Stevia to Sweeten
« on: September 11, 2013, 05:49:07 AM »
I used it to backsweeten a fruit beer once.  The sugar from fruit ferments away drier than you think, so the cherry beer was drier than my wife wanted (though I liked it that way) .  So I dissolved the Stevia in a small amount of water and added it to the keg.  Worked pretty well. I've read that the Lindemann's brewery in Belgium - the one that makes the fruit bomb lambics - backsweetens with saccharine ( or used to).

I'm glad I read your post, I have a keg of Peach Blonde Ale and as I like it, my wife thinks it is too dry, it has been kegged for a few weeks, is it too later to add this now??     I've never attempted to do that after the beer was already carbed... 


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit beer questions
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:38:25 AM »
I've tried a few fruit beers and the only way I will even bother to attempt a fruit beer now is with frozen concentrated juice.  Easy to blend, easy to adjust, good taste and no chance of picking up little fruit specks that provide nucleation points when bottled (which may not have happened to anyone else but I had apricot gushers when I made apricot beer on puree).

I'm trying to decide what to do still, how much of the frozen concentrate did you need to use? and what flavor was this that you used it for?

Thanks, I will take that into consideration.. my wife is stuck on wanting Peach, so I will need to figure out where I want to take this ;)


I made 5 gals of wheat beer and added 3 cans of Minute Maid "Wild Berry" juice concentrate a few times.  The berry was perfectly balanced and not excessively fruity nor too subtle.  The beer will have a nice secondary ferment with the added sugar so plan on a blow off tube. 

This recipe has medaled for me in every competition I've entered it in.  The wild berry blend looks to be raspberry and blueberry (and probably a lot of grape as the backbone).  It produces a nice berry flavour.  I've tried peach/apricot before and although it sounds nice, the flavours are too subtle in my opinion to accomplish what I want.  I like berry wheat (I call it "The Walrus" because Berry Wheat is sort of close to Barry White - The Walrus of Love...)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit beer questions
« on: August 02, 2013, 12:13:50 PM »
I've tried a few fruit beers and the only way I will even bother to attempt a fruit beer now is with frozen concentrated juice.  Easy to blend, easy to adjust, good taste and no chance of picking up little fruit specks that provide nucleation points when bottled (which may not have happened to anyone else but I had apricot gushers when I made apricot beer on puree).

I'm trying to decide what to do still, how much of the frozen concentrate did you need to use? and what flavor was this that you used it for?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit beer questions
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:00:12 AM »
According to the compleat meadmaker (# of peaches in 5 gallons secondary) :
Mild fruit character: 5-7#
Medium fruit character: 8-12#
Strong fruit character: 13+#
There's a chart in the book with several types of fruit and I have found it to be a good guide. A friend used a 3# can of peach puree in 5 gallons and the fruit character was very subtle.
The peaches should be quite ripe. Always freeze fruit before adding. I like to secondary on fruit in a mesh bag in a bucket. Makes it easier to separate fruit from beer. The fruit will float and you need to stir it in a couple times daily and a bucket makes this easier. A week on the fruit should be plenty of time.
One caveat: I recently made a strawberry wheat and after a week I detected a very slight acetic infection (from the strawberries?) So I kegged and sulfited and the slight tang is actually nice in that beer.
Enjoy!
I've made alot of fruit beers and the guidelines look pretty accurate.  But the type of fruit comes into play - cherries and raspberries are very intense in beer, where peaches and apricots tend to sort of dissipate in beer. I use ~ double the latter to get the same level of fruit presence. But the amount of fresh peaches it would take will leave a s@#$ ton of pulpy fruit matter behind, just so you know. That's why I switched to high quality purees like Oregon brand. Same fruit quality, minus most of the grief.

Is there a guide on how much of the Oregon brand puree to use for 5 gallons??   I'm doing the same thing is a op, except I'm making a Peach Blonde Ale...   I've been in the primary for 5 days at this point, and need to determine how much/what type of peach to use...   This is for my wife, and she wants a strong peach character.. any help is appreciated..

Jason

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Cooling wort
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:01:02 AM »
That is a good idea, I'm too curious if for some unknown reason this isn't recommended....
I'm hoping that stirred hot wort isn't bad. I used my sanitized paint stir thing and drill. Went from 218 to 90 in 4 minutes with a homemade 3/8" 25' immersion chiller. Another 30 seconds I was at 80. Arm got tired, needed a beer. So I typed this post.

80 to 70 a little slower. Guessing that's cuz I'm getting closer to ground water temp (50).


 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:33:43 AM »
I'm glad I found this post.. this is my next project, as I've been cleaning via a keg with solution, but don't want to tie up a keg + co2 usage...

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and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

For anyone who is shopping right now, Kohl's has the V3250 model on sale for $99 - there is also a 15% off Father's Day coupon now until next Wednesday. Paid $85 for mine!

euge, how much is that sous vide thing when it's in stock? I'm curious.

Amanda,  Where did you get the 15% Fathers Day coupon...   Also was that in store or online...

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One thing no one has mentioned. These things are great for Sous Vide cooking, if you are into that kind of stuff. Most homebrewers already have all the equipment to do it.

I'll have you know that this sent me on an hour long tangent. I think I must build one of these from my spare parts...

At any rate, back to the discussion. FoodSaver's website has a comparison tool if you want to see the exact differences of those above mentioned models.

I compared them on the website, I was looking for real world experience regarding the automatic vs manual features..  I've decided to keep the 3250 model as from what I read most people liked the manual operation and even users of the automatic functioning models, reverted to manual function.

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and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

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Whatever vacuum sealer you go with I highly recommend getting the Foodsaver Mason Jar attachment.  A quart size jar fits a pound of hops(pellets) perfectly.  Resealing is a breeze and much cheaper than buying the food saver bags. If you want to get really fancy you can even blow CO2 over the hops before sealing them up.

Thanks, I will look into this...
I'd buy the 3250 in a heartbeat because of the variable modes and the dry-moist options.
  I will plan on keeping the 3250 ( I was leaning in that direction.....)

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I picked up 2 Foodsavers today, but will return one of them... Got one at BJ's a 3485 (link below) this one is Auto...  Paid $134.99

http://www.bjs.com/foodsaver-g3-countertop-vacuum-sealer-plus-bonus.product.27368?dimId=

and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Does anyone know the advantage/disadvantage to buying one over the other(except price) I'm leaning toward the 3250 for that reason but don't know right off what will the automatic feature will make better...

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