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Old 03-31-2013, 02:07 AM   #31
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It works, just not as much carb as my beers. I tried another tester tonight after a week , and it was better. I think I just need to be more patient... I know I need to be.....lol.

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Old 03-31-2013, 07:03 PM   #32
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That Welches grape juice is fermenting like crazy! I am very curious to see how this will taste!

Also-,two or three weeks ago I made a cider where I added a bunch of blackberries that I first turned into a syrup. Still going strong but looks gross on top! The trub on the bottom looks just like the top? Will all that settle after a while?

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Old 03-31-2013, 07:25 PM   #33
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If you can cold crash it that will help a lot

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Old 03-31-2013, 08:30 PM   #34
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Ahh, after fermentation has stopped?

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:08 PM   #35
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Yup, it helps a lot

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Old 03-31-2013, 11:44 PM   #36
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What do your 1gal fermenter setups look like? Are you guys using 1gal glass jars, 2.5gal pails? Ive been contemplating doing these smaller batches with some ciders...

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Old 03-31-2013, 11:49 PM   #37
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What do your 1gal fermenter setups look like? Are you guys using 1gal glass jars, 2.5gal pails? Ive been contemplating doing these smaller batches with some ciders...
I use 2gallon ferm buckets
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:04 AM   #38
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I bought a couple of gallons of cider from an organic store like Earth Fare/Whole Foods which came in 1 gallon glass jars. Perfect mini carboys.

I just went to the LHBS and picked up a size 6 or 6.5 stopper.

I typically get just over a six pack out of a gallon because trub plays a much bigger role on the small scale. I have started back sweetening with concentrated juice to help up the yield a bit, but that requires upping the initial sugar levels to get decent ABV. Its fun to experiment on such a small scale though. If you screw up you only have to deal with 7/8 bad bottles of cider and a wasted gallon of juice.

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So then I have to ask a noob question... In a year and change of brewing, I've always had better bottles with the racking adapter, I also have a drain on my kettle so I've never had to siphon, how much of a pita is it, and what's your best setup for siphoning? I'm assuming you have 3 or 4 gallon jugs that rotate through primary-secondary-primary etc...

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No secondary for me, I just primary, cold crash, and bottle.

I just have a plain old siphon, I fill it up with water, plug the bottom in the jug and let it rip. I drain the water into a separate vessel and when the cider gets to the end of the siphon I transfer the tube into my bottling bucket.

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