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Started by Chris Craig, February 19, 2014, 11:04:28 AM

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Chris Craig

Unfortunately it won't be ready for Saturday.  Possibly the following meeting though.

I've had success with this in the past, so I expect it'll work out for me agin this time around.


Well, that sucked.  Put the last bottle of lemon in this evaning.  One I had in the cupboard for maybe a little longer than I thought.  As I poured it in it seemed darker than I remember the last two bottles were.  Then suddenly, dark chunks are floating in the carboy.  Its hard to believe anything would grow in something as acidic as lemon juice.  Could just be the liquid seperating?  I almost want to leave it ferment out and then try some when I rack into a second carboy with a sit load of sugar. What says you wise forum?
Fermenting: Air
On Tap: Hoppy Porter
Bottled:  Air

Chris Craig

I wouldn't touch it personally.  I don't think there's anything to separate, so it must be contamination.

Chris Craig

I'm having a bitch of a time getting this to clear.  I added sparkolloid according to the directions (1 tbsp boiled with 1 cup water for 5 minutes - added to carboy and stirred gently), but it only cleared the top 10cm or so.  That part was crystal clear, but the rest was really murky.  I tried cold-crashing for a few days, but had no luck. 

Yesterday, I went to Wine Kitz and got some kieselsol and chitosan.  I added the kieselsol last night, and I'll add the chitosan tonight.  I hope this works, because it's getting pretty frustrating.

Chris Craig

Wow!  The KC is working so well, I can see through the lemonade after just 12 hours!  I'll have to try this stuff on beer some time.

Chris Craig

Chris Craig

This turned out pretty good. I wonder though, would US-05 ferment this?


Quote from: Chris Craig on April 21, 2014, 05:56:21 PM
This turned out pretty good. I wonder though, would US-05 ferment this?
I'm sure it would and I bet it would be ready/drinkable faster