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Olde Ceannt’s Holiday Hybrid Hooch
  • ceanntceannt
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    (original recipe)

    3-gallons unfiltered apple juice (straight from the orchard)
    3-pounds LME
    3-pounds Honey
    1.5-pound Crystal Malt 60
    0.50-oz EKG Hops, 15-min. (optional, I suggest leaving out)
    S-05-yeast (going to try with S-04)

    At bottling add:
    ½-tsp cinnamon
    ¼-tsp cloves
    ¼- tsp nutmeg
    (add to boiling water, and run through coffee filter)

    Steep the crystal malt for 45 minutes at 155 degrees in 2-quarts of water. Sparge once with 1-quart at 170 degrees. Boil the runnings for half an hour, then add the LME and boil for an additional 15 minutes. Allow to cool to less than 120 degrees and add the honey. Pour into fermenter and add the apple juice. Allow to ferment in Primary for 2-3 months.
    Age for at least a year after bottling.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    what kinda LME?

    also, this sounds like poison, but i'm still gonna make some.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Hah.... just plain ole "light" LME
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ok, good. i think i'll try to use the amber lme and skip the mash all together. that would make it much quicker, and bring the booze levels back into the mortal realm.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    well, almost.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Long as you get a good bit of residual sweetness out of the amber you'll do ok.... otherwise this stuff gets really really dry ...
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ceannt said:

    Long as you get a good bit of residual sweetness out of the amber you'll do ok.... otherwise this stuff gets really really dry ...



    i've never had an over attenuation problem with lme. especially if you pour it into the bottom of the pot and let it sit for a few minutes before stirring it up.
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  • C_BC_B
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    ceannt said:

    Long as you get a good bit of residual sweetness out of the amber you'll do ok.... otherwise this stuff gets really really dry ...



    i've never had an over attenuation problem with lme. especially if you pour it into the bottom of the pot and let it sit for a few minutes before stirring it up.

    Interesting.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ok, i picked up some lme for this, should maybe brew it tomorrow or sunday.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    not a fan of cinnamon and clove, though. i was thinking more like throw in a vanilla bean with the nutmeg and maybe a few star anise?

    i also have allspice and anise seed. thoughts?
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  • C_BC_B
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    I'm not sure about all that other stuff, but I like vanilla in most things. A hint of it here seems like a good idea.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Actually given some thought to ginger in this
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ceannt said:

    Actually given some thought to ginger in this



    nooooooooooooooooooooooo!


    but only because i hate ginger. it would probably fit nicely.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    ceannt said:

    Actually given some thought to ginger in this



    nooooooooooooooooooooooo!


    but only because i hate ginger. it would probably fit nicely.


    Hah!
    It would fit ...
    The stuff I normally put in is so little ... you really don't taste it ... but Pick it up in the aroma ....
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  • scoobscoob
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    And yet another thing to add to the 'to do' list....
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  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    What is the total volume of this? It looks like around 3-4 gallons. Is that right?
  • ceanntceannt
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    Benvarine said:

    What is the total volume of this? It looks like around 3-4 gallons. Is that right?



    Yeah... just a little under 4 gallons
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  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    5 gallon Carboy still good. No issue with the head space? What is the ABV? Do you use 12, 22 or wine bottles to age? It sounds great, I think I may try, just wanted some more details.
  • ceanntceannt
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    I use a 6 gallon carboy .... puts out a huge krausen ..... huge.
    ..
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Apv is between 11 and 11.5 depending on the apple juice .... I just put it in beer bottles
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Krausen is weird too ... stratifies into darker and almost white layers ... looks like a pumpkin roll
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    what's the carb level on this? still, low, or fizzy?
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  • ceanntceannt
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    I do it still .... but might be good with a little fizz
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ceannt said:

    I do it still .... but might be good with a little fizz



    i like bubbles, so i'll probably go medium carb. that way if i want less i'll pour a little aggressively.
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  • ThymThym
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    light fizz sounds good with this one.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    not a fan of cinnamon and clove, though. i was thinking more like throw in a vanilla bean with the nutmeg and maybe a few star anise?

    i also have allspice and anise seed. thoughts?



    too late for thoughts. it's done. been on tap for three weeks now.
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