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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "We Might Have Been Wrong About FWH"
« on: August 17, 2017, 08:28:38 PM »
I like the result of this study because it is consistent with my beliefs.

Others don't like the result of this study because they don't want to believe it.

In summary, we'll all continue to believe what we want to believe, and discount what we want to discount.

In conclusion, this changes nothing.


Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:41:39 AM »
I've never enjoyed the flavor of the extracts typically sold in homebrew shops. Medicinal, doesn't taste quite right. I'm sure these are what most of us consider bad extracts.

Indeed.  Funny how to find good flavor extracts, we should need to shop anyplace OTHER than our homebrew shops.  But yeah.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rookie question about OG check
« on: August 17, 2017, 06:17:35 AM »
Primary is the best place.  Temperature has an enormous effect, if you are using a hydrometer.  The hops shouldn't matter unless the hydro is sitting on a thick bed of hops that settled out.  If using a refractometer, it should work just fine at any temperature for OG (don't get us started on FG).

Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:10:51 PM »
There are some good extracts out there (more than before), but IMO they're best used in tandem with real fruit. I don't see the Belgians forgoing real fruit in their best examples.

But, what's wrong with extract?!  ;)

Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:55:33 PM »
What that really says Dave is that you don't know where to source good extracts.  There's plenty of good stuff out there.

Ahem.... okay.....

I do stand corrected.  Sure, there are likely good extracts out there.  It pays to be selective in your ingredients, and this goes for everything.

Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:56:57 AM »
Any kind of flavorings or extracts often taste fake.  Cherry flavoring can taste like Robitussen -- really disgusting inky flavor.  Others are just plain not good.  You could get lucky.... but you might not.

If you really want fruit in your beer, real fruit juices with minimal processing and no preservatives if possible are a great way to go.  One thing to be aware of though is that nearly all fruit juices are VERY high in acidity, and can add considerable tartness to your beer.  To help balance, it is wise to use a lot of caramel malts or unfermentable sugars such as lactose or maltodextrin to provide a little more sweetness and body.  If using the unfermentables, a good amount to start with is about 0.5 to 0.75 lb per 5 gallons of beer.


thanks for responding and I have found this on their site,  but I dont know what this means -

PITCHING: 80 to 120 g/hl for fermentation at 12°C – 15°C (53.6-59°F).
increase pitching for fermentation lower than 12°C (53°F), up to 200 to 300 g/hl at 9°C (48°F)

thus my questions -
How do I get from gallons and gravity to metric something or another?

I just did the math and confirmed 4 packs.

100 g/hl = 1 g/l

There are 3.79 l/gallon and you have 12 gallons, so you need 45.4 g.

There are 11.5 g/packet of dry yeast.  So, you need

45.4/11.5 = 3.95 packets of yeast.

3 might be alright, 4 would be better, 5 or 6 would be overkill.  Rehydration is optional but not a bad idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting done... question on timing
« on: August 08, 2017, 11:15:46 AM »
Add dry hops now today, wait about 4 days, then bottle or keg.  Boom.  No need to rack or dilly-dally, just do everything in primary.

Other Fermentables / Re: staggered yeast nutrient additions
« on: August 08, 2017, 11:12:20 AM »
If you like a sweeter mead, then don't use any nutrients at all.  It turns out dry enough without all the extra chemicals.

If you want a dry mead, then yeah, probably add more nutrients around the 1.020 marker or something like that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Questions for competition
« on: August 08, 2017, 07:53:40 AM »
just fyi, the guidelines say 40-70.  I will just say that style Hop Creep is real and can be annoying at times.

The world is full of Hop Creeps.  I wish there were more Malt Creeps like me.  Someday maybe.

Other Fermentables / Re: Questions on a First mead
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:33:49 AM »
They should be almost exactly the same yeast.  You're fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Questions for competition
« on: August 07, 2017, 02:35:13 PM »
With cacao and coconut, it's Spice Herb Veggie.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Backsweetening Cider
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:34:35 PM »
Xylitol works best.  It is expensive but non-fermentable and tastes almost exactly like real sugar.  Unfortunately it is also poisonous to dogs, cats, etc., so keep it far away from any pets.

Lactose or maltodextrin are unfermentable but not very sweet but can still add body and help take the edge off.

Other artificial sweeteners such as Splenda or stevia work okay but can have very chemically flavors.  If you consume a lot of diet beverages, maybe you won't notice.  But I would.

There are other ways to limit fermentation more naturally.  I've explained it in detail elsewhere on the interwebs.  Essentially... let your cider ferment for a week or so as cool as you can (50s Fahrenheit is ideal), then rack to secondary, then begin monitoring specific gravity every few days. Aim for 1.010-1.015. When gravity gets to that point, add gelatin to knock out most of the yeast, then a couple days later, rack again, and consider whether to add sorbate and sulfite to hurt the remaining yeast, then keep the cider cold for another month or so, trying to prevent it from refermenting. If it starts up again, add more gelatin, and sorbate and sulfite again if desired. Once the cider stabilizes fully, you can bottle or keg it. Then enjoy.  Sweeter cider, but depending on how much sorbate you use, it might never carbonate in bottles, only if kegged.

The Pub / Re: Guess I'm not gonna be a star....
« on: August 05, 2017, 06:25:10 AM »
Anything on Viceland is like a window into a parallel universe where Superman is evil and dreams don't come true in ways you never wanted.

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