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Other Fermentables / Re: Need Help With Melomel Formulation
« on: July 07, 2017, 07:49:32 PM »
10 lbs of Blueberries per gallon is really high. That would be 50 lbs of blueberries for 5 gallons and hardly enough room for anything else. I suggest 4 lb/gal which would be 20 lbs and 20 lbs of honey. That should get you in the ballpark for your OG. Also, for a FG of 1.030-1.040 you might need to back-sweeten.

I've been giving this more thought and I'm considering utilizing fresh pressed blueberry juice in place of water and then adding more fresh whole berries in primary. Proposed Recipe is below.

Ingredients:
2.0 Gallons of Fresh Pressed Blueberry Juice
20lbs Orange Blossom Honey (roughly 1.6 gallons liquid volume)
20lbs Fresh Whole Blueberries (assuming that this will add about 2 gallons of batch volume)

This puts me near 6 gallons total volume. My only concern is how much extra honey would I need to compensate for the 20lbs of fruit that will more than certainly dilute my mixture.
Not sure why you are opposed to using water. You can add water to your 20 lbs honey until you reach your OG which will be around 4-4.5 gallon mark (honey and water combined). Make sure you mix well (I use a mix-stir). Then, add your 20 lbs of blueberries in a mesh bag. I freeze my fruit first, then thaw which helps break down the cell membranes. I use a 7.9 gallon bucket and staggered nutrient additions and degass for about 5 days. I rack it after 3-4 weeks. This melomel should have plenty of honey and blueberry flavor.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What's your favorite type of beer?
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:54:30 PM »
I brew IPA's the most, but I love making a variety of styles depending on my mood or season. I suffer from Beer ADD, so I jump around and rarely make the same style in succession...wait, what beer style am I talking about again?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Need Help With Melomel Formulation
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:45:11 PM »
10 lbs of Blueberries per gallon is really high. That would be 50 lbs of blueberries for 5 gallons and hardly enough room for anything else. I suggest 4 lb/gal which would be 20 lbs and 20 lbs of honey. That should get you in the ballpark for your OG. Also, for a FG of 1.030-1.040 you might need to back-sweeten.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 06, 2017, 03:26:05 AM »
Same to you JT


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 06, 2017, 01:25:18 AM »

Since everyone is showing their lagers, here is my German Pils.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 03, 2017, 11:22:08 PM »
Going to brew an American Amber tomorrow. This will be the sixth brew in a row under 1.060. A record for me.


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I bought a Thermopen about 3-4 years ago and it works great. It was expensive, but I think they make a cheaper version as well. I was able to calibrate all of my other thermometers with it and I use it for cooking also.

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The Pub / Re: Aaaaaarrrrrrrgh!
« on: July 02, 2017, 03:26:39 AM »
Wow, that would make me cry.

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Ingredients / Re: buzz bullets and what?
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:23:48 PM »
I've used them before with Cascade and they have a citrusy, sweet orange aroma and taste. Some herbal, earthy notes in the background. I think they would go good with most American varieties like Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, and so on.


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If you're raising the temperature at the end for a d-rest, I think 60 would be fine. No need to bring it up to 70.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Quick ferement to FG, wait to crash?
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:20:28 AM »
Most of the time I'd say check the gravity a few days in a row and see if there is any change, but with that low OG you are probably done. So, go ahead and crash-n-keg.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Award ceremony
« on: June 17, 2017, 02:42:24 AM »
The Brewing Network is streaming it live. Good luck.


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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon
« on: June 16, 2017, 04:52:54 PM »
Thanks guys. I do like sours and I'll have to check out Cascade. I've had some of the bottles of Cascade before and thought it a bit spendy, but probably better from the source. I'll try to check out some of the others that you mentioned.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: To enter or not to enter...
« on: June 16, 2017, 01:36:56 PM »
I would say it depends on the citrus character. If it has a strong citrus flavor, I think it could get dinged. If the citrus flavor fades or is more in the background, then go for it.

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Beer Travel / Portland, Oregon
« on: June 15, 2017, 07:49:04 PM »
I'm going to be in and around the Portland area from the 19th through 24th. I haven't been there since 2009 and was wondering what breweries are a must see? I was planning on checking out the Commons, but I need some guidance since there are so many to choose from.


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