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Old 01-26-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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Hello, my name is __________ and I am impatient.

Does anyone else suffer from being impatient when it comes to making cider? What is the cure for not leaving batches alone? =)

I so badly want to make and taste my cider that I mess with it WAY too much.

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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We all suffer from it but you have to remember that usually, the less you mess with it, the better it will come out.

I have 20 gallons bottled for aging, 10 gallons fermenting since the end of december, and a test gallon of cider racked on blueberries that looks delicious!

The blueberry one is the one that is killing me not to mess with!

ETA: And I have been paying close attention to your cherry cider idea!

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:33 AM   #3
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start small batches in regular intervals that way you can appease your need to "mess with it" each time you start a new batch.

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:46 AM   #4
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start small batches in regular intervals that way you can appease your need to "mess with it" each time you start a new batch.
My thoughts exactly! The only thing that keeps my mind off of it is to brew more. Maybe brew some beer. Hefes and pale ales can have a pretty quick turn-around time.
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:24 AM   #5
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Indulge it. For a single batch, indulge it as much as you want. Take SG readings every day, taste it and then taste it again a few hours later to see how it changed. Smell the airlock constantly,watch the color change and movement make by the CO2 in the liquid, and really get a feel for what is going on throughout fermentation. It helps to learn to trust your passive senses, sight and smell, along with your occasional measurements with tools like your hydrometer so that you don't have to wonder so much what is going on in future batches.

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Old 01-27-2012, 05:06 AM   #6
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I've found that cider was the cure for my impatience when making mead!

You, I have no idea what to tell ya

Really, go make a 5-day country cider while you wait for something heftier to finish out. Or a beer. Or some side project.

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Old 01-27-2012, 07:04 AM   #7
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+1 to small batches
or make a big batch and then dick around with small batches of experimental wines and beers to keep your hands busy

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Old 01-27-2012, 11:40 AM   #8
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Im impatient also , but I have many other projects ,building cabinets right now . Question . It seems to me a 1 gallon batch will be ready before a 5 gallon . But the catch I think is the longer it sits the better the taste ....Is that correct ?

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Old 01-27-2012, 11:42 AM   #9
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I have been scared to remove airlock and test , fearing letting air in can lead to contamination ?

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:28 PM   #10
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Thanks to everyone who responded...glad to know I am not the only one.

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