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Old 12-02-2013, 03:45 PM   #11
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Ok in the words of the Great Papazian "I will wait, relax but can not have a homebrew " .....been out of the game for years but this is the start of a whole new regime !
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #12
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Ok in the words of the Great Papazian "I will wait, relax but can not have a homebrew " .....been out of the game for years but this is the start of a whole new regime !
Thanks for the reply !
Lol (thumbs up)

That's right, this is the start of the pipeline. ;-)
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:52 PM   #13
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Update after 3 weeks in the primary........Moved the batch into a secondary Glass Vessel last night as the first fermentation had finally stopped.
Back-sweetened with a gallon of fresh cider and a quart of fresh pear juice! Initial tastes (prior to adding anything) were extremely positive. No funky smells or oddball flavors. The cider does however have a nice puckery grapefruit/passionfruit characteristic from the the Australian Galaxy hops! Almost a citrus hue buried deep in the mild apple flavor......very pleased at this point considering how drinkable it was for just coming off the sediment in the primary.....will continue to post results.

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Old 12-09-2013, 06:21 PM   #14
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I had forgotten thst you hopped this! Nice. Galaxy is a great hop, and its nice to hear it pairs well with your cider.

Now on to the next batch. ....

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Old 12-26-2013, 07:28 PM   #15
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update 12/26.
After further reading I did not follow through w/the back-sweetening plan and decided to just do a straight two week secondary. So to re-cap: 3 weeks primary then 2 weeks secondary. FG was 1.011. Bottled 12/23. Yield 484 oz. or about 3.8 gallons of Bombers. Conditioned with 1/4 cup ( 2 oz.) organic sugar and half can quality apple juice concentrate. Tasted at 24 hrs due to a nice Xmas buzzzzzzzz and babbling w/fellow HB'ers who have been out of the game. Already a carbonation building as a slight carb-pop was heard. Citrus, passion-fruit and nectar flavors with a nice bitter hop finish along w/apple and floral bouquets.
Very please so far as was my company.......Did a carb test plastic bottle ( did not have a soda bottle so I had to use a thicker Gatorade bottle - too thick for accuracy ? ) so I don't end up with Cider Bombs in case I have the priming sugars a little too high? Did another test this morn w/a half bottle that was capped and put into a vial to test for clarity and carb inspection....it was fizzing away nicely.
Looks like all might be well in cider land for my first batch! At what point do you put them in a colder environment ( now at 64/65 ) to age and not blow? I'm use to ale brewing and just leaving at cooler ( basement) temps for years........
Now on to another! All input welcome!

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Old 12-27-2013, 12:21 AM   #16
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Thumbs up!

Chill them if you want, but they should be fine with only two ounces of priming sugar. No bottle bombs if you used beer bottles.

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Old 12-27-2013, 04:32 AM   #17
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Very Nice......22 oz. dark ale bottles of course! I never use shorties if I have enough Biggens about....
Will be doing an "Emphere" clone next batch ..........thanks for all your input!

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