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by Jambo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: First attempt at cider: a bit bland - any cure?
Replies: 14
Views: 644

Re: First attempt at cider: a bit bland - any cure?

I would also suggest malic acid. I usually have the opposite problem of too many cookers!
by Jambo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Mead
Topic: Beeswax - influence on mead fermentation?
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re: Beeswax - influence on mead fermentation?

As Carnot says it is a PITA at racking time. I have found that if you stop the flow momentarily, a lot of it will stick to the side of the FV and stay there. Keep doing this as you syphon it out and you'll be surprised how much you leave behind.
by Jambo
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Mead
Topic: Planning - Spiced Cyser
Replies: 7
Views: 972

Re: Planning - Spiced Cyser

Looks nice, thanks for the comments.

May start a thread if I get a batch on.
by Jambo
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Mead
Topic: Planning - Spiced Cyser
Replies: 7
Views: 972

Re: Planning - Spiced Cyser

Hi Mucky How is your brew going? I seem to have lots of nice apples in the garden so planning one myself. You have hinted towards a concern I also have with CML mead yeast - in my experience it doesn't actually attenuate very well even a plain mead with just 3lbs/gallon of honey in water, the same i...
by Jambo
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Blackberry wine ??
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Blackberry wine ??

Usually such wine recipes will tell you to add water to make the total volume up to x L, rather than to add x L.

by Jambo
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Other Brews
Topic: Hoopèrs dandelion and burdock
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Hoopèrs dandelion and burdock

There is a recipe for something using dandelion and burdock in Andy Hamilton's Booze for Free. I'll check tonight. I think it uses the root of both plants.

And no idea how it compares to the Hoopers one.
by Jambo
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Mead
Topic: My First try at Mead.......
Replies: 30
Views: 2568

Re: My First try at Mead.......

Thanks for sharing - I might give it a go then as early signs are for a monstrous blackberry crop here this year!
by Jambo
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Mead
Topic: My First try at Mead.......
Replies: 30
Views: 2568

Re: My First try at Mead.......

Hi Mucky,

Never tried it myself but Acton and Duncan's mead book advises against blackberry and elderberry meads due to their tannin content. They advocate pretty much everything else though!

If you're stuck for something to do with brambles I'd suggest creme de mure or a bramble wine.

by Jambo
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: AG#31 - Honey Ale
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: AG#31 - Honey Ale

Meant to also say good luck and let us know how it goes - a honey beer is on my to do list!

Got some rank smelling dandelion honey and I'm wondering if a beer could hide some of its aroma through dilution if nothing else!
by Jambo
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: AG#31 - Honey Ale
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: AG#31 - Honey Ale

Hope it turns out well! Do you need to boil the honey to sterilise it? Or is it OK as is? Well Jim, that's the question that seems to fuel the debate about when to add the honey :D The honey that I am using in this trial brew is a decent quality supermarket one, so in my opinion this must have been...
by Jambo
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Croossmyloof real ale yeast . 14 hours after pitch.22c
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: Croossmyloof real ale yeast . 14 hours after pitch.22c

Yeah... see my post on page 2 of this: viewtopic.php?f=86&t=78758&start=15

I hope you end up with something more drinkable than I have. It's the first batch of beer I'm seriously considering ditching.
by Jambo
Thu May 24, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Crossmyloof yeast
Replies: 46
Views: 5448

Re: Crossmyloof yeast

Got a batch of Old Peculiar clone on the go at the moment using CML's Real Ale yeast. An odd criticism perhaps but I feel this yeast is unacceptably vigorous!! I expect a Belgian wit yeast to be leaping out of the fermenter (especially at wit fermentation temperatures with wheat in the grain bill) ...
by Jambo
Thu May 24, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Crossmyloof yeast
Replies: 46
Views: 5448

Re: Crossmyloof yeast

Got a batch of Old Peculiar clone on the go at the moment using CML's Real Ale yeast. An odd criticism perhaps but I feel this yeast is unacceptably vigorous!! I expect a Belgian wit yeast to be leaping out of the fermenter (especially at wit fermentation temperatures with wheat in the grain bill) ...
by Jambo
Wed May 02, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: AG#29 - Summer Ale
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: AG#29 - Summer Ale

Is that Greg Hughes' recipe? Really enjoyed that brew when I made it last year!
by Jambo
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer line
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: Beer line

Smart!