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TX / Re: Mead help!!
« on: November 28, 2010, 06:12:14 PM »
As a general rule of thumb, a yeast like 71B will drop 100 points.  I've had it do more under some circumstances.  After only 12 days you still have at least 3 weeks before your fermentation will be complete.  Mead making is an exercise in patience.  Let it be for another 3 wks, check gravity.

Let us know if you have used any nutients and what temperature you are fermenting.  It will determine how long you may need for the mead to condition.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« on: November 25, 2010, 10:08:14 AM »
Crown cap has been fine.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 25, 2010, 10:02:17 AM »

Should I be afraid? After 15+ years of fly sparging, I'm doing a no-sparge batch of brown ale this Friday...
I work in a hospital...maybe if I take home some latex gloves and a surgical mask....?

KDJ, what's the matter?  Wifey drink all your beer? ;D ;D ;D

Do I need to make a supply run to your house.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:59:35 AM »
As a reply to the O/P, look at your crush for better efficiency.  You should be able to get a smaller beer out of the mash if you batch or fly the first runnings.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:26:10 AM »
Bottle it. I'm trying to finish a keg of BW and it's hard slow work.

Slacker........(j/k  ;D)

I will bottle most of my bwine, but put about a gal or so on tap using a 3 gal keg.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bung hole plug. Which would you choose?
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:09:29 AM »
Wow. You totally got me. That is cool. What is a super ball? Also, can you age, with a super ball if the barrel is placed outside with flying bugs all around?  What size is your barrel and what are you aging in that barrel?

 Only us old folks know the answer to that ;D

Wasn't it fun to play baseball with one!  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:05:26 AM »
First word of advice, buy the best you can so you only buy once.  You can do a 5 gal batch in a larger pot that will give you the capability to a 10 gal batch.  I'm surprised that no one mentioned a keggle.  Max is 13.5 gal preboil for a 10 gal. The Penrose looks good.  Morebeer is running deals of the day (I have no financial interest) tomorrow the whole day.  There may be some pots on there.

Got a lb of rye malt Joe Bair (Mr Solar Brewing) toasted for me on the rig,'s a Toasted Rye PA Sunday. 8)

The 24 Gal Boys of Savannah (Kernel Dustjacket, Vince X, & yours truley) did 40 brewing units one day.  5 units Weizenbock, 35 nits Weissbier.  Could have pulled another 10-15 Berlinner Weisse if we had the carboys availble.

Other Fermentables / Re: Ice cider - yeast and other issues
« on: November 04, 2010, 07:12:48 PM »
I did one 2 years ago using B3's QA23 yeast with great results.  15 Brix to 30 Brix after icing.  QA23 specs follow:

Dry Wine Yeast - QA23 (8 g)
Portuguese isolate used for production of fresh, fruity, white wines. Enhances the aroma of terpenic varietals like Muscat, Sauvignon blanc and Gewurztraminer, through Beta-glucosidase activity. QA23 will not give structure to a wine, but it truly excels at focusing the fruit either alone or as part of a blend. Strong fermentation rate, alcohol tolerant to 16% and optimum fermentation from 50 to 90 degrees. QA23 has low nutrient requirements and will ferment clarified juice with low solids content

Ammonia & hot water

28 gal of Hefe with Professor Dustjacket Wilson tomorrow.  Split batch with S06 & WLP480.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old Newark Ale Yeast
« on: October 04, 2010, 06:50:32 PM »
Glad I saw this.  Getting ready to head up 95 to NJ for my daughter's wedding & planned to stop in & see Joe.   Been wanting to recreate the Ballentine XXX.

Equipment and Software / Re: lost siphon
« on: October 04, 2010, 05:41:09 PM »
Auto siphon.  Worth the $.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who messed with the grain mill?!?
« on: October 04, 2010, 05:38:03 PM »
I think our next big purchase will be a grain mill - any suggestions?

In general, it seems like no matter which mill people get they're happy with.  I've used a JSP MaltMill for 10+ years and think it's a great mill.

+1 Love mine.
10+ years for mine too. 80% this weekend (and I motorized it)

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