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Old 07-04-2013, 07:23 AM   #1051
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Just finished bottling this up. All I gotta say is....sweet baby Jesus that's good stuff! Thanks for the recipe!

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Old 07-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #1052
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Mine finally carbed up and I pasteurized last night. Took 11 days but it turned out great. Now to start another batch lol

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:18 AM   #1053
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I made the updated recipe per instructions and kegged a couple months ago. It has been a smash hit among visitors. I have been planning on making another batch once I got a good deal on apple juice again. Well the grocery store just put it on sale for half off this week so now is the time.

Question: I am interested in trying something a little different. What would be the best flavor to substitute for the cinnamon? I was thinking about blueberry. My local home brew supply has several different flavors like cherry, raspberry, etc.

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:20 AM   #1054
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Question: I am interested in trying something a little different. What would be the best flavor to substitute for the cinnamon? I was thinking about blueberry. My local home brew supply has several different flavors like cherry, raspberry, etc.
Instead of a fruit flavor, what about peppermint or regular mint? McCormick's has those as extracts.



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Instead of a fruit flavor, what about peppermint or regular mint? McCormick's has those as extracts.



I actually put a dab of mccormicks raspberry in a flip top quart when I bottled and it turned out OK. I think I used too much flavoring, as the start is fine but the aftertaste is severe raspberry overdose.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #1056
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I have a bunch of wired floaty things in the bottle, almost like small amounts of moss. There is sediment in the bottom, but you think the floaty things are an infection?


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Old 07-08-2013, 05:47 PM   #1057
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I have a bunch of wired floaty things in the bottle, almost like small amounts of moss. There is sediment in the bottom, but you think the floaty things are an infection?


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That'd be your syrup. It's weird lookin' but it's not bad to drink. Adds that extra "kick"

Regarding the flavored extracts, that's an interesting idea. I'm a little curious myself about that and may experiment a bit.
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That'd be your syrup. It's weird lookin' but it's not bad to drink. Adds that extra "kick"

Regarding the flavored extracts, that's an interesting idea. I'm a little curious myself about that and may experiment a bit.
So the syrup make it look like swimmers in the cider in the bottle? They don't all have it, but...freakin me out man!
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yeah man. I liked to think of them as "tendrils".....that didn't help me get over the initial "ick" factor, but the taste was not bad at all. My bottles didn't have them all either. The more everything settles in your bottling bucket, the less the bottles themselves have - that was what I noticed anyway.

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Old 07-09-2013, 02:38 AM   #1060
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I'm just getting ready to pasteurize my first batch. This stuff is great! Will definitely be keeping some of this on hand at all times. I think the the floaties just add some uniqueness to the stuff.

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