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Old 12-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #721
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Will it change the taste if I let it the FG go under the taget 1.010? It was at that last night after fermenting for 10 days. I don't know that I will have a chance to bottle it until at least Friday evening maybe Saturday. There is still a good amount of activity going on (about 20 bubbles a min in the airlock). I am planning on mixing carmel and AJC in straight into the the bottle bucket and bottling from there. I don't have another carboy to transfer to to let it clear.

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Old 12-27-2012, 02:42 AM   #722
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Will it change the taste if I let it the FG go under the taget 1.010? It was at that last night after fermenting for 10 days. I don't know that I will have a chance to bottle it until at least Friday evening maybe Saturday. There is still a good amount of activity going on (about 20 bubbles a min in the airlock). I am planning on mixing carmel and AJC in straight into the the bottle bucket and bottling from there. I don't have another carboy to transfer to to let it clear.
Each time I made this, it finally gave me consistent FG readings at 1.006. So let it go til its done.

Secondly, adding AJC and caramel into cider in bottling bucket is fine. Works perfectly.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:48 AM   #723
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Just wanted to say "thanks" for the recipe!

I made a few minor deviations but it came out fantastic and has been a holiday hit!

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #724
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Will it change the taste if I let it the FG go under the taget 1.010? It was at that last night after fermenting for 10 days. I don't know that I will have a chance to bottle it until at least Friday evening maybe Saturday. There is still a good amount of activity going on (about 20 bubbles a min in the airlock). I am planning on mixing carmel and AJC in straight into the the bottle bucket and bottling from there. I don't have another carboy to transfer to to let it clear.
I bottled mine a week ago. It went down to 0.098. Backsweetened with 3 cans concentrate plus 2 cups brown sugar, boiled and cooled. Goes down like water. Next time if it goes down that far I'm going to go with 5 cans concentrate. I did not add the 3 LBS corn at primary, so that's all apple juice. I just let it go until it finished. About 10 days.

For some reason the cinnamon settled out of suspension. Not the sugar, that mixed in fine. I brought the water/sugar/cinnamon mixture to a boil and simmered 5 minutes. Then cooled a bit, added the concetrate and stirred until incorporated. Racked over, and stirred for 5 minutes to incorporate. There was a brown sludge at the bottom of the bottling bucket. It tasted bitter, which leads me to believe it was cinnamon. Perhaps I should simmer longer?
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:00 PM   #725
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For some reason the cinnamon settled out of suspension. Not the sugar, that mixed in fine. I brought the water/sugar/cinnamon mixture to a boil and simmered 5 minutes. Then cooled a bit, added the concetrate and stirred until incorporated. Racked over, and stirred for 5 minutes to incorporate. There was a brown sludge at the bottom of the bottling bucket. It tasted bitter, which leads me to believe it was cinnamon. Perhaps I should simmer longer?

That's one of the reasons I revised the recipe a bit, on page 42. Try using 1/2 tsp liquid cinnamon extract next time instead of 2 tsp. ground cinnamon.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:11 AM   #726
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Kegged this tonight...didnt have cinnamon in the caramel syrup because i couldnt find any.... It seems like its going to be super sweet but im excited to try it

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Just wanted to say "thanks" for the recipe!

I made a few minor deviations but it came out fantastic and has been a holiday hit!
Me too!
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:52 AM   #728
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That's one of the reasons I revised the recipe a bit, on page 42. Try using 1/2 tsp liquid cinnamon extract next time instead of 2 tsp. ground cinnamon.
drat, this thread is getting wicked long. Has the current recipie been posted to the recipie database?
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Mike, i made this recipe mid October and took it camping with a group of friends on the 1st weekend of November. The keg was empty in the morning! Thanks for a great recipe, I and all my friends enjoyed it. I will be making this again, and trying the updated version this time!

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Just bottled my second batch last night... Changes include 5 days in secondary over campden tabs, 3 cinnamon sticks instead of in the syrup, and 2 packs mulling spices... Initial tests while bottling where fantastic! Since it is just still cider for this batch we are looking forward to sampling some tonight and seeing how it ages over the next month or so...

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