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  1. Thread: swarm video

    by nursebee
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    Re: swarm video

    You are welcome.

    This seemed to be a largish swarm. Here they are in the new home.
  2. Thread: Mead problem

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    Re: Mead problem

    Folks must be really thirsty to drink a 3 mo mead.

    The beauty of meads comes thru with aging, if good at 3 mo, multiply that to imagine a 3 yr old.
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    Re: Too much headspace?

    No, I have never noted a headspace problem.

    In order to comment further, one would need to know the starting gravity, yeast selection, and what the readings were along the way.

    If the low...
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    Re: Blackberry Mead

    THere was an early on comment about it being difficult to make a product like mead sweet due to yeast consuming all the sugar. It is actually quite easy.

    For a low alcohol product (cheap beer)...
  5. Thread: swarm video

    by nursebee
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    swarm video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjHCSo_NeEc&feature=youtu.be

    My wife saw this the other day, I got out real quick to catch this video. I ended up pulling two frames of brood out to help trap them.
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    Small Hive beetle

    Hello old friends,
    I have a lot of SHB, couple of my hives have gone down from them this year. I am tempted to go without bees for a year to knock down the population. I would like to know what...
  7. Re: Gold Meadal in Wine Makers Magazine Comp 2012

    Great work. Looking at your site you seem like you would fit right in with NAFEX, the North American Fruit Explorers.
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    Re: First Sweet Mead

    Following a recipe that another has provided can help with success. But, if aiming for a sweet mead, there is some important science to follow. A sweet mead is sweet because the yeast gives out and...
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    Re: First Sweet Mead

    What was your original specific gravity?
    What is the alcohol tolerance of EC-1118?
    Why campden and at what point in time was it added relative to the yeast?
  10. Thread: Ginger mead

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    Re: Ginger mead

    I've made a great ginger mead but had to add ginger 3 times to get enough flavor.
    Base was shredded and boiled lightly for primary.
    Secondary had ginger powder added.
    At bottling I added a candied...
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    Re: Clouding up after bottling

    Strands of yeast?

    Most all of my wines and meads have sediment from a little further fermentation and settling. I think one could filter these out by chemical or physical means, the way...
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    Re: Need Birthday Present Suggestion

    Neil,
    Check your private messages.
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    Making converts

    Those darn Jehovah's witnesses, they keep coming to the door. Here is a pamphlet for your wife. They keep coming to talk to my wife...she does not say stay away very well. Well today it was very...
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    Re: Changing sugar to honey in wine recipe

    I have never looked into conversion factors. I'd suggest using a HYDROMETER and add honey to the desired potential alcohol level.
    If you do not understand this, slow down until you do, you will be...
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    Re: Where to get mead?

    I'd try a homebrew club. I have rarely had a commercial mead that tasted as good as the worst homemade.
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    Re: mead help not sure what to do next

    THere are many issues with this whole thing but I bet your next mead will be better! Not that this one will be bad, but mistakes can teach us.

    Can you publish the original recipe? Not everyone...
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    Re: Toping off carboy for peach & ginger mead

    I question your need to top off the carboy. If one aims to top off a carboy it is a task best prepared for from the start with extra must/wort/solution/juice. I do not prepare for this and have...
  18. Thread: Cyser

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    Re: Cyser

    I have no advice to make a drinkable Christmas mead at this point. Sampling is fine but meads that I make like to age. Remember the old ads for "we will sell no wine before its time"?
  19. Re: Any recommendations for wine/mead making kits?

    I have not seen any mead making kits. There are a lot of wine kits. A homebrew shop nearest you is worth walking through. In general I think that the higher price makes a better quality wine (if...
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    Re: Mead not clearing question

    I think there are a couple key points to make here:

    FIRST and foremost, before considering bottling make sure it is done fermenting. Measurements with a hydrometer tell one this. Alternately one...
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    Re: New to mead (and dumb move) questions

    I've never heard of leaving any brewing recipe open to air.

    Nutrients add helpful nitrogen that might not be present otherwise.

    I do not know of any meads ready for consumption in a few weeks. ...
  22. Thread: Mold problem

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    Re: Mold problem

    The more you enter a carboy the more you can introduce to it.

    My thought was that the problem was likely from the apples. I do not recall mention as to how they were handled at the start of...
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    Re: fermentation speed

    Get an auto-siphon. When I use one it takes most of the good stuff and litttle of the bad stuff. Some of my bottles end up with a touch of sediment but by the time you reach the end of a mead your...
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    Re: fermentation speed

    Oxygen is essential for fermentation, for the yeast to grow: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC152411/

    Once a beverage has fermented then it is bad: ...
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    Re: fermentation speed

    Acebird, making mead is easy. If you do not ferment well without nutrients you can always add them later. But you will then be waiting longer.
    So, if you want to make a straight mead and drink it...
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