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    The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Mon May 07, 2012 2:21 pm

    So this is just a short thread for those of you who homebrew, in which I will answer questions, but more specifically I wish to ask some. First, here's the basic background: I started homebrewing about a year ago, making beer using one of those simple kits, and loved it since then. While it is not as explosive as my other projects, it's fun and rewarding in it's own sense. I've made light lagers, apple ciders, mead, and attempted wine (Though I'm not patient enough for it to work well). After a year, there are still some things I wish to know or have clarified for me (Get the joke?) So, here I go.

    First, are there any substitutes to isinglass for clarifying brews? I've heard of using egg whites and gelatin but I'm not quite sure how they work.

    Second, has anyone here had good results from fermenting store bought apple juice into cider? I tried it and got a decent result, but I want to know what you guys think of it in comparison to using real apples.

    Finally, how much would you say a license for selling homebrew costs? I should probably just google it but I'm bored and you might be too so you never know.

    Yes, I know I should maybe post this kind of stuff on a dedicated brewing board, but I'm in no rush (fermentation is a loooong process) so I may as well bother you guys with it. Yes, I will answer any questions on it if you want me to.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by skarekrow13 on Mon May 07, 2012 4:33 pm

    The only thing I can definitively answer is that fresh apples or directly from a cider mill will yield better ciders. Anything in the store will have been pasteurized and more difficult to do anything with. More importantly however, is that it will taste better at the mill.

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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by KomradDakka on Mon May 07, 2012 4:47 pm

    anyone have expeirience with making mead? ive been wanting to brew myself some and could use the tips


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Mon May 07, 2012 4:52 pm

    KomradDakka wrote:anyone have expeirience with making mead? ive been wanting to brew myself some and could use the tips

    I can probably help you with that. What are you needing to know. Are you knew to brewing or do you just need help with mead itself?


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by KomradDakka on Mon May 07, 2012 5:15 pm

    im trying to find a good recipe for like a jugs worth of mead. (one of those old wine jugs comes to mind) something small as a fun little project.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Mon May 07, 2012 5:31 pm

    Well I'll dig around for something, but it's very similar to making a cider. I believe all you have to do is replace the apples or pears with oranges, and add honey during or after fermentation.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by KomradDakka on Mon May 07, 2012 5:43 pm

    theres a cooking process to isnt there?


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Mon May 07, 2012 5:45 pm

    Not that I'm aware of, but recipes can vary quite a lot.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by KomradDakka on Tue May 08, 2012 12:49 am

    Digitalyzed wrote:Not that I'm aware of, but recipes can vary quite a lot.

    well im gonna go for it. the recipies are all pretty simple, i just have to figure out what to flavour with...


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Quarik on Tue May 08, 2012 2:08 am

    I'll be honest, I was really hoping this was a covenant of some sort.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Tue May 08, 2012 4:20 am

    Quarik wrote:I'll be honest, I was really hoping this was a covenant of some sort.

    The possibilities are strong in this one...
    We shall fight our enemies and protect our homeland...drunk!


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Quarik on Tue May 08, 2012 4:41 am

    Needs to be a beer buff for Hunters in DkS. After a hard day of work Alvina will grab you a drink on the house.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by skarekrow13 on Tue May 08, 2012 10:01 am

    The long lost +4 covenant rank and reward!

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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Tue May 08, 2012 10:26 am

    Of Course It's all so clear now!
    Maybe different Covenants should get different rank 4 drinks. Sunbros get mead, forest hunters get good ol' foresty apple cider, darkwraiths get red wine (Closest to blood), Chaos servants get Absinthe (That stuff burns), gravelord servants get...I have no idea, and princess guard and way of white can have a nice glass of water.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by skarekrow13 on Tue May 08, 2012 10:43 am

    Mmmmm.......Absinthe. With all the scientifically unsupported misconceptions surrounding thujone that's a great Chaos pick. My only recommendation is that Way of White get a sip of sacramental wine. Princess guard would get water but Gwyndolin would make it look like milk (oh the mammary references abound with this guy). Dragons would get Everclear and it's 190 proof flammability and blindness warnings. Darkmoons would think drinking is a sin and abstain. Gravelords.....hmmmm......embalming fluid?

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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Tue May 08, 2012 11:57 am

    How about moonshine or wood grain alcohol?


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by skarekrow13 on Tue May 08, 2012 12:13 pm

    Everclear is pretty much moonshine, aka corn mash. Wood grain alcohol made me almost spit coffee. Perfect.

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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by KomradDakka on Tue May 08, 2012 12:26 pm

    Digitalyzed wrote:Sunbros get mead.

    Come now, everyone knows the Sunlight Warriors only drink the Sunniest of D


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Tue May 08, 2012 3:42 pm

    You could probably turn Sunny D into alcohol if you wanted to...


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by KomradDakka on Tue May 08, 2012 4:11 pm

    Digitalyzed wrote:You could probably turn Sunny D into alcohol if you wanted to...

    lots of sugar, but only 5 percent juice. that and i cant imagine the amount of preservitives. bleh.


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Quarik on Tue May 08, 2012 5:38 pm

    Sunny D and rum, yum yum!


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by skarekrow13 on Tue May 08, 2012 5:59 pm

    Capri Sun mixes well with 151

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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Wed May 09, 2012 4:45 am

    Capri sun probably mixes well with Vodka, I mean, what doesn't?


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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by skarekrow13 on Wed May 09, 2012 9:53 am

    Good vodka would mix with pickle juice. I've seen some cheap stuff that doesn't mix with anything. Probably mostly rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer marketed as booze.

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    Re: The Brewmasters Thread

    Post by Digitalyzed on Wed May 09, 2012 10:45 am

    That's why in this one case I'd always stick to brands.


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