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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #30 on: March 31, 2011, 06:53:16 PM »
Dunkelweizen. 

Seems like a great weekend to try my first wheat beer.

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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #31 on: March 31, 2011, 09:55:29 PM »
Dad duty weekend here.  Scouts service project Saturday morning, Scouts Court of Honor Saturday evening, school talent show/fund raiser Sunday...  Maybe I can squeak a mead starter iteration in between dadly duties in prep for a Tuesday meadmaking session.
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #32 on: March 31, 2011, 10:01:09 PM »
I'm a single dad this weekend too, but I'm going to try to squeeze (pun intended) in a batch of jeffy's key lime mead (based on Joe's key lime mead).
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #33 on: March 31, 2011, 10:17:45 PM »
Dad duty weekend here.  Scouts service project Saturday morning, Scouts Court of Honor Saturday evening, school talent show/fund raiser Sunday...  Maybe I can squeak a mead starter iteration in between dadly duties in prep for a Tuesday meadmaking session.

I'd love it if my kids get into scouting.  I started as a Tiger cub when I was about six years old.  But I don't want to pressure them into doing it just because dad did.  All of this is a little premature of course since my sons are three and less than one  :)

I guess I'll start it off soon with my oldest son by going through my patch collection with him.
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2011, 12:40:10 AM »
I have a good friend who said something that has stuck with me and inspired my efforts as a Scout leader.  My friend is a prosecuting attorney.  At the last Scouting event of the Scouting year five years ago he was talking to the Pack/Troop about the importance of Scouting, "In my day job I see a lot of young people who have gotten into trouble.  I never see any Scouts in trouble.  I believe this is because we keep our Scouts so busy having fun learning the things that are key to being successful in life that they have no time to get into trouble."
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2011, 02:40:29 AM »
Working mids at NASA through the weekend but, brewing today after I get home at 7 AM and catch a few Z's then it's out to the garage to brew the DoppelBock......last lager till next season.

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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #36 on: April 01, 2011, 04:37:30 AM »
ESB, making use of homegrown hops.
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #37 on: April 01, 2011, 11:53:22 AM »
not much time, so just a couple one-gallon cider experiments.

one with one quart with RW Knudsen Hibiscus cooler juice/tea
http://www.knudsenjuice.com/products/natural_juices/hibiscus_cooler

one with one quart 100% tart cherry juice fermented entirely with grown up dregs from sour beers.

thinking of adding a touch of malto-dextrine to keep some body.

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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #38 on: April 01, 2011, 12:35:50 PM »
Just bottling an APA
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #39 on: April 01, 2011, 12:41:08 PM »
not much time, so just a couple one-gallon cider experiments.

one with one quart with RW Knudsen Hibiscus cooler juice/tea
http://www.knudsenjuice.com/products/natural_juices/hibiscus_cooler

one with one quart 100% tart cherry juice fermented entirely with grown up dregs from sour beers.

thinking of adding a touch of malto-dextrine to keep some body.
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you? 

Thanks!
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #40 on: April 01, 2011, 01:01:10 PM »
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you? 

Thanks!

sorry, never directly dealt with strawberries myself, but with a 'softer' like strawberries, I'd go with at least that much.  perhaps even up to 1.5 lbs or 2lbs per gallon.

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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #41 on: April 01, 2011, 01:02:08 PM »
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you? 

Thanks!

sorry, never directly dealt with strawberries myself, but with a 'softer' like strawberries, I'd go with at least that much.  perhaps even up to 1.5 lbs or 2lbs per gallon.

Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks. 

What would you say if it was raspberries?  1lb per gal? 
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2011, 01:05:25 PM »
Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks. 

What would you say if it was raspberries?  1lb per gal? 

again, no personal experience, but from reading, you're in the ballpark.  it's really your preference.  if I'm doing something with fruit, I'm going for a strong presence.  I've got a sour peach and I put in 10lbs in 5gal - delicious.

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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2011, 01:07:49 PM »
Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks. 

What would you say if it was raspberries?  1lb per gal? 

again, no personal experience, but from reading, you're in the ballpark.  it's really your preference.  if I'm doing something with fruit, I'm going for a strong presence.  I've got a sour peach and I put in 10lbs in 5gal - delicious.

Wow.  OK.  So maybe I'm going too low.  I think I'll use your suggestion & go 10lbs for 5 gals.  I'll post back when I know the result (in a few weeks). 

Is there a way to calculate the proper amount - like we would calculate the amount of water necessary for a mash/sparge?  If there's a formula I should be using... I'll use it!  ;) 
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Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2011, 01:08:44 PM »
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you?  

Thanks!

sorry, never directly dealt with strawberries myself, but with a 'softer' like strawberries, I'd go with at least that much.  perhaps even up to 1.5 lbs or 2lbs per gallon.
Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks.  
From my experience with strawberries I think you'll be disappointed.  It's been a long time, but strawberries probably haven't changed much.  The flavor just never comes through all that strong and fades quickly, the color was weak . . . it was a bummer.  It still tasted good, it just didn't have the impact I was looking for.  It's been ~15 years though, so I don't have any notes on the quantity I used.  Maybe with 10lbs in 5 gallons you'll be happier, I'm sure I didn't use that much.
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