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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 03:43:07 PM »
I'm not a fan of a high degree of moderation but that kind of stuff could probably do with moderation out of the thread. Not every off topic or tangential post needs elimination, but those drive-by posts that completely disrupt a thread and offer nothing useful to the conversation could go. Maybe we could have a dumping ground thread where those posts are moved. Let people rage over those topics in its own place.

I second the motion for more aggressive moderation.  Even if/when it involves my own dumbass self.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 11:57:50 AM »
Why sanitize if all are welcome everywhere?

I'll answer my own question:

We should sanitize to reduce the risk that wild and crazy sh*t will contaminate everything.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:58:08 AM »
Altered Beast is available as an app along with a bunch of other Genesis games.

I heard that!  My brother downloaded some old stuff, actually for NES though not Genesis.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:52:21 AM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:16:11 AM »
Why sanitize if all are welcome everywhere?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:02:21 AM »
The reason I feel we need a LODO subforum is to prevent every thread from turning into a derail.  Like this one, for example.  I wouldn't call for an "advanced" subforum.  I'd ask for a "LODO" one, so the rest of us can discuss other things without as huge a risk of derail on any random topic.  Such as this one.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:43:59 AM »
Rain - Foreigner

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:10:41 PM »
Time - Pink Floyd

Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

After the Rain - Nelson

I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:07:28 PM »
If you look at the original post and first couple of pages, you'll see that this thread isn't even about LODO.  But as soon as somebody brings it up, oh my gosh, look at all the pages that have been added since, the contents of which are essentially meaningless and just scare even more people away.
Sorry for bringing it up. It's ridiculous

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It's not really your fault.  It just takes on an icky zombie life of its own.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:06:27 PM »
If you look at the original post and first couple of pages, you'll see that this thread isn't even about LODO.  But as soon as somebody brings it up, oh my gosh, look at all the pages that have been added since, the contents of which are essentially meaningless and just scare even more people away.

Forgive me for distracting everybody from the song title game.

LOL!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:01:15 PM »
If you look at the original post and first couple of pages, you'll see that this thread isn't even about LODO.  But as soon as somebody brings it up, oh my gosh, look at all the pages that have been added since, the contents of which are essentially meaningless and just scare even more people away.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cider questions
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:37:43 AM »
"More like wine" in what sense?  In the fermentation?  Flavor-wise, I find it comes out very tart which is not at all what I look for in wine.

When I've made cider, I get about an inch of gunk on top so there is something like a krausen, just not nearly as much as with beer.

As for yeast, I thought Nottingham made the best cider out of the yeasts I tried.  I don't recall if I used Cote de Blanc.  I know I used a wine yeast and a champagne yeast and maybe also US-05.

Cider is not my thing.  Which is sad to learn after you ferment out about 20 gallons or so.

The ferment, especially, is closer to wine, but the flavor as well.  It might be beery in alcoholic strength, but that's where any similarity to beer ends flavorwise.  Tartness is a matter of whether and how we choose to deal with the malic acid and the apples that go in.

Notty makes a decent cider, but can also give a distinct peachy flavor, which personally I don't want in my cider.

Champagne yeast is good but extremely dry, about 0.992 guaranteed bone dryness.

I do like the sweet mead yeast in a cider, turns out pretty good.

I haven't used any of the so-called "cider yeasts" from any manufacturer, but based on everything I've heard, any yeast that says it's a "cider yeast" is pretty much garbage and I would NOT recommend.  Funny ain't it.  Kind of like WLP820, the worst lager yeast on the planet.

EDIT: Oh, and, by the way.... Belgian yeasts and saison yeasts will NOT make the cider taste "Belgian" or spicy or funky in any way.  They will work just fine and make good cider, but don't expect them to give the phenols or esters that they do in beer.  Once again, cider is not beer.  The yeasts can't make all those same flavors in cider because the sugars and nutrients are all totally different.

Cider is my thing.  :)

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cider questions
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:38:19 AM »
Cider is not beer.  The two are very different.  Cider is closer to wine in character.  In fact in most cases it will taste more like champagne at the end than anything anywhere close to Woodchuck or Angry Orchard or whatever, which are like fake versions of cider with apple concentrate and sorbate to keep them super sweet.  Real cider is not like the commercial garbage.  It's more like wine.

Cider usually just fizzes.  It will probably not generate any krausen.  You will certainly not need a blow off though a couple inches of head space is not a bad idea in primary.  In secondary (if you rack, which I *do* recommend), zero head space is actually recommended, to prevent oxidation.

It will also take a long time to complete fermentation.  Figure 4-6 weeks.

Cote des Blancs is the best cider yeast.  It produces its own apple and pear esters that enhance the cider.  I would consider it semi-dry.  Most yeasts will ferment down to about 0.992-0.994.  CdB on the other hand quits at about 0.997-1.000.  Still dry, but not as dry as others.

US-05 is another good cider yeast.  However it does give a slight ale-like flavor to the cider.  It performs similar to CdB actually.  I don't recall where it will finish.

You can prime the same way as beer.  It just takes longer.  Give it a whole month or two before expecting any carbonation.

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The Pub / Re: Another beer name issue...
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:38:36 AM »
Evil.  Senseless.  Unjustified.  Stupid.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Me Make a Better Brew Day
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:51:06 AM »
Tell them how cheap 'n' easy it is.

And maybe make two batches instead of just one.  Maybe one extract and one all-grain, or BIAB vs. cooler mashing, so they can see the differences.

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