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by oldbloke
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Mead
Topic: Metheglin or poison
Replies: 8
Views: 972

Re: Metheglin or poison

For sweetening I now always use lactose. It can go in at the start as it's not fermentable, and has none of the off tastes other artificial sweeteners have
by oldbloke
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Gluten-Free Brewing
Topic: Brewing gluten Free
Replies: 18
Views: 7473

Re: Brewing gluten Free

ClarityFerm destroys the protein, it makes the beer properly GF, given time to work. As far as I understand it. The 20ppm limit set years ago was mostly due to the assay method used not being able to measure anything smaller. Nowadays it's possible to measure down to 5ppm and so some countries do se...
by oldbloke
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Other Brews
Topic: potato wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1711

Re: potato wine

ISTR The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible has a recipe for potato wine. With parsnips and carrots, freezing, or maybe just a fridge, will get some of the starch converted to sugar.
by oldbloke
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Priming question
Replies: 10
Views: 1288

Re: Priming question

I jut dump ordinary sugar into the bottles. As the cider goes in it gets stirred up a bit. The yeast will find it.

Your 1l juice spread across 23l of cider is only about 0.25% to add to the ABV. Ignore it
by oldbloke
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Lactose
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: Lactose

According to the interwebs, it's 1/6th the sweetness of sucrose.
by oldbloke
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Lactose
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Lactose

I've tried a few artificial sweeteners in my turbociders. Some don't taste good, even in 'just take the edge off' quantities. And I suspect they may be causing the headaches t'missus gets the day after - she never used to. So I'm thinking of trying lactose, a natural sugar that doesn't ferment. Migh...
by oldbloke
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: first attempt at cider, how much yeast per 5 gallon
Replies: 5
Views: 1010

Re: first attempt at cider, how much yeast per 5 gallon

That's about right, though a bit extra wouldn't hurt. But apples aren't great on nutrients, so maybe chuck some in - I use good old diammonium phosphate, but if you prefer Trozonomyl or whatever, fine. Which yeast, by the way? With turbocider, pretty much anything seems to take off ok (with some nut...
by oldbloke
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: First attempt at cider: a bit bland - any cure?
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

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

A bit of age works wonders!
by oldbloke
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Home Brew Clubs
Topic: Craftbrewing Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 2656

Re: Craftbrewing Forum

Heron1952 wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:28 am
It's back
Yep, I've just been looking at the moderation queues. Need a bit of tidying. Not sure why some of the entries are in there anyway.
by oldbloke
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Home Brew Clubs
Topic: Craftbrewing Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 2656

Re: Craftbrewing Forum

Oh, there was a lot more than the removal of the chatroom. For one thing, the move from free to paid, half the pages being covered in ads, etc etc etc. And the Yank owner outright lied to many of us, mods and admin included, several times. I hope the CBA forum comes back, there's a lot of good data ...
by oldbloke
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: First attempt at cider: a bit bland - any cure?
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

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

monkey, I can see you are making Cider, but have you looked at this post to glean any more info?..... https://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=66468 That's all turbocider though. monkey has Real Apples. It's very different. I recommend an evening wandering round this though: www.cid...
by oldbloke
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: First attempt at cider: a bit bland - any cure?
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

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

Powdered tannin has a nasty tendency to clump. During fermentation, all the yeast action sorts that out. Might be trickier in a finished brew. Some very strong tea might work better
by oldbloke
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: First attempt at cider: a bit bland - any cure?
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

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

Sounds like not enough tannin and not enough acid, for sure. Probably too late to add tannin now but you might be able to mix some acid in.
by oldbloke
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Tonka beans
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Tonka beans

All I know is that Nigella Lawson uses them in her trifle recipe! It was on Australian Masterchef today!