View Full Version : Reputation... apparently I have one!

Chevette Girl
07-16-2014, 12:55 AM
I was at my local brew supply store this afternoon getting more potassium sorbate because I want to get some stuff bottled before all the fruit ripens this year... I'd just finished paying for my stuff when this lady walks in and asks the guy behind the counter about making mead. "You're in luck," he says, "the local expert on mead is right here." And he waves towards me... so I chatted with her for a while and directed her here, so hopefully we'll have another member from Ottawa joining up, she says she and her husband mixed fresh pressed apple juice and honey together in a carboy and have been waiting for it to do something but it's only making a small amount of bubbles, so we recommended making an acclimated starter of K1V and adding it... She also had a recipe with her given to her by a friend that goes by honey volume and suggests using a champagne yeast... so I told her that EC-1118 isn't going to ruin it, but K1V gets almost the same results but is more heat and abuse tolerant as well as a little gentler on the subtler flavours. We also recommended a hydrometer and showed her how to use it, telling her it was the only way to tell if your yeast is doing something, and it's the only way to tell your yeast is done fermenting so it won't explode bottles on you. Always nice when people want to research things before they get too deeply into it!

07-16-2014, 03:39 AM
I always thought your reputation was that girl that sneaks into her neighbors yards when their apple trees are ripe and picks most of the apples but leaves a few for the owners to eat :) WVMJ

Chevette Girl
07-16-2014, 11:06 AM
Oh, no, that's public park apples, I don't pick anything I can reach by hand but anything past 6' high is fair game for my fruit picker. Personal private property apples, I always ask the property owners first and provide them with a bottle of whatever I make from their fruit when I'm done.

The Meadster
07-16-2014, 03:49 PM
And I thought your reputation was for having a to brew list so long it would break the internet :)

Chevette Girl
07-16-2014, 05:01 PM
<sigh> Yeah, that too... and of course having so many full bottles I couldn't possibly drink it all. Hopefully I'll be resolving that situation... a friend of mine is taking a bunch of my wares to a festival. We'll see what he comes home with. I'm gonna send a couple bottles of the jalapeno wine just to see if anyone's as crazy as I am.