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    Re: Flavor Missing

    The little bottle I picked up is from LD Carlson and it is marked Blackberry Fruit Flavoring for Beer & Wine, it's a 4 oz bottle and it is supposed to be good for a 4 or 5 gallon batch. Since my...
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    Flavor Missing

    In my other post about where did the alcohol go I mentioned that this batch had very little if any flavor to it. These last two batches are the first straight meads I have made using only honey and...
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    Re: Where did the alcohol Go

    Temperatures were about 68 to 70 degrees in the room were the wine was fermenting. Maybe it's just that the people who said there was no alcohol as well as myself are sort of immune to it. We all...
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    Re: Where did the alcohol Go

    I used 1 packet of EC1118 yeast, 3 teaspoons of nutrient, 15 ponds of honey (about 1 and 1/4 gallons of honey) and the balance of the 6 gallon carboy was plain water.

    I did sit down and sample a...
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    Re: Where did the alcohol Go

    I have a couple of those beasties laying around somewhere. I used to use a hydrometer when I did kits and also while I was working out my recipes but have gotten too lazy I guess as I just make a few...
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    Re: Where did the alcohol Go

    Kwest: Yes I had an air lock and this was the first time I tried swirling the must around. I had read on here somewhere that in doing that the CO2 was released from the mixture and this would keep it...
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    Where did the alcohol Go

    About seven months ago I made up a six gallon carboy of mead with 15 pounds of honey, 1 pack of Lavalin EC1118, 3 teaspoons of yeast energizer, and plain water. I rolled the carboy around (Swirled)...
  8. Thread: Fortify A Kit

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    Re: Fortify A Kit

    OK Ben, thanks for your input. I kind of thought I was at the mix and hope point..... :o
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    Re: Fortify A Kit

    I think it is probably to late to add any additional sugar as the kit is at the last wrack before bottling stage and the chemicals to stop fermentation and for clearing have already been added. As...
  10. Thread: Fortify A Kit

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    Fortify A Kit

    I make a Merlot kit up several times a year for my sister-in-law and I want to pump up the alcohol content a bit. Adding sugar to the kit is not an option because these folks can't stand a hit of...
  11. Re: Saw the White House beehive on tv last night.

    :no: :lpf:
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    Re: what's your favorite honey to ferment?

    For straight or traditional mead I also prefer the late wild flower crop. I tried buckwheat and orange blossom but really didn't care that much for them. Mind you I didn't throw them out though. ;)
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    Re: Bulk Storage Containers

    Well I finely got a hold of someone at Encore Plastics at (1-800-336-2673) and asked about their 5 gallon pails at Lowe's. She told me the white pails were food grade but not the colored ones. I...
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    Re: Bulk Storage Containers

    Good link, thanks. It looks like they also have pail liners too but those seem a bit expensive. The price of the pails seem reasonable though.
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    Re: Never Gave It Much Thought.

    I smoke the super a little before pulling it off the colony and putting it on the stack but that's all I do. I have always done it this way instead of lifting the supers off the colony putting the...
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    Re: Never Gave It Much Thought.

    I don't leave my supers on the hive, I set 6 or 8 off to the side with one escape under and one on the top of the supers. Each stack of supers are from several different hives so if I find brood...
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    Never Gave It Much Thought.

    I never really gave it much thought but I'm wondering how many dead outs in the spring may have been caused by pulling honey supers this time of year with the queen in them. I would think she would...
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    Re: Bulk Storage Containers

    If your talking about the paint department buckets I guess the answer might be Maybe and Maybe not. I had the customer service people at Lowes who have the same paint department buckets as WalMart...
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    Re: Bulk Storage Containers

    Thanks sqkcrk, I'm about an hour south of Watertown driving at an old guys speed. I do believe I have got enough buckets for now though. A few from Wally World, a few From Price Shopper and a few...
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    Re: Bulk Storage Containers

    Thanks for the reply and suggestions about bakery buckets guys. We have a wholesale resturant supply businees about thirty miles away which I thought I might check into before driving down to Waverly...
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    Re: Bulk Storage Containers

    Thanks Dubhe, I had thought about the issue of food grade and I had someone tell me that if the number in the triangle on the bottom of the pail is the same as the buckets Wall-Mart tosses out at the...
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    Bulk Storage Containers

    I was looking at some 5 gallon plastic pails at Lowes and Wally World today and was thinking about getting a dozen or so for bulk storage of liquid honey instead of trying to put it in bottles right...
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    Native American Honey Bees

    Here is an interesting little article that is contrary to everything I have read that said honeybees were not native to North America. It seems that there were native honeybees here long before our...
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    Re: High swarm retrieval secrets?

    Hmmmmmm........ I always get nervous when I see or hear someone suggesting shooting at a limb to cut it off. WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN.. I know it's rare and usually unheard of but stray bullets...
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    Re: what do you think of...

    Yes Sir and life after DDT was so much better for the whole world. How about that terrific product Asbestos and all the quality it added to life. Maybe Lead Paint was good for something like they...
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