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  1. Thread: K-met

    by Ben Brewcat
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    Re: K-met

    Perfectly normal, you will not see offgassing from sulfiting. The PPM is too low to even saturate the solution. If you moved the carboy from a warmer location, it would be normal for offgassing of...
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    Re: Blackberry Mead

    Not the way a proteinaceous bev like beer does. It'll raise a good head at high primary but the bubbles aren't very persistent.
  3. Re: WOW! just rolled out of bed! Some great meads.

    Finding a good place in/under your home helps a lot. Early vigorous ferments can raise themselves up on their own metabolic energy, so keep an eye on it... those stick-on strips work well for this...
  4. Re: WOW! just rolled out of bed! Some great meads.

    +1 on the thief. :)
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    Re: whole hive mead

    If by context you mean date range, I couldn't say: the origins of mead are largely lost to antiquity. However my basis for the nature of what we know of early fermentation comes from Sacred and...
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    Re: whole hive mead

    OK, so historically whole hive mead (which was the way a lot of mead was made) predated honey extraction by a long time. So yes it really was comb, brood, bees, pollen and honey stores made into a...
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    Re: Making Mead

    I use my honey for almost all my meads. I also don't use most medications, but if I have to I use it strictly according to label so as to not contaminate honey... the "biggest" gun I use is probably...
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    Re: Mead Recipes

    Not sure what testing would do for mead. I get regular full analysis for brewing, but brewing depends on a lot more chemistry than mead. If you have extremely hard water and don't like the taste, you...
  9. Re: Question Regarding "Intro to MeadMaking" Post

    You are indeed correct! Not sure where the typo came from (3 next to 6 on a 10-key?) but I could also have used this chart for the visual and other data for the calculation: potential ETOH...
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    Re: Cote des Blancs and Mead

    If you use a yeast that's susceptible to dormancy from cold temps (such as an ale yeast), that should work. It's how home soda pop makers have been doing it for years. I have not personally, but I'd...
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    Re: Cote des Blancs and Mead

    That's a tall topic... read the stickied "intro" thread for the basics of how to build a recipe. You won't be able to make a 5 or even 8%er that will not be bone dry, as yeast strains will ferment...
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    Re: First timers question

    Beeathlon it depends on lots of factors: yeast strain, nutrient levels in the must, temperature, etc. If it's objectionable (and if it is it's usually only for a few days) I've put a little stopper...
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    Re: Brewing book for mead

    Well the stickied thread "intro" has good basic information. As to real books, the Compleat Meadmaker's Guide by Kenn Schramm is probably the best. Some of the home brewing books like NCJHB have good...
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    Re: Afb Prophylactic

    No. Like overuse of any antibiotic, it promotes resistance, and can contaminate your honey crop. Use it only as part of an IPM practice.
  15. Re: Fence tester odd occasional POP, bright flashes with pulse. What's happening?

    I wondered if the short fence would make for more oomph.
  16. Re: Fence tester odd occasional POP, bright flashes with pulse. What's happening?

    I've been grounding the tester to the earth, not to T-posts. That might explain it Graham... meaning those spots I'm getting GOOD ground. Maybe I'll water the area and try again; could be I need more...
  17. Re: Fence tester odd occasional POP, bright flashes with pulse. What's happening?

    It's a probe for the earth and a copper loop for hot-wire contact.
  18. Fence tester odd occasional POP, bright flashes with pulse. What's happening?

    So testing my today-installed fence. I have a 1 joule delivered energizer, and there's about 75 feet of underground cable line from energizer to fence and to ground (energizer is indoors and...
  19. Re: How conductive is a tree? Creative fencing and grounding question.

    Well the tree gives about 3K on the meter, probe to bark (not dug in too much just touching firmly) to the hot line.
  20. Re: How conductive is a tree? Creative fencing and grounding question.

    Believe me, nothing would make me feel safer than some bear steak. But I'm right in town, on Main Street, and that tree shades my whole durn house. I expect I'll run some hot line up there and do a...
  21. Re: How conductive is a tree? Creative fencing and grounding question.

    That's what I'm picturing, but hoping to be able to leave off the grounding chx wire. Place looks "country" enough already ;)
  22. How conductive is a tree? Creative fencing and grounding question.

    Hey all,
    We've had a catastrophic fall and spring for bear forage, and even my hives in town are targets (11 bears LIVING in our town of 2000 people, mainly on trash). So naturally I'm building...
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    Re: Making Switchel soda?

    What Joe said :D. The vinegar shouldn't be a problem; it needs oxygen to reproduce and metabolize so in a sealed batch shouldn't be an issue. Definitely will need to cool until you drink each bottle:...
  24. Thread: elderberry

    by Ben Brewcat
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    Re: elderberry

    Sure. Read the stickied intro thread for a little more info on gravity and alcohol; it'll depend a lot on your yeast strain. Granular sugar (with zero water content) will lend a slightly higher...
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    Re: my favorit mead recipee

    It's hard to use chemicals to stop an active ferment, and usually would take more than you'd want to use. They can stop a completed fermentation from re-awakening though. It's typically more...
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