Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > My first time
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-24-2008, 02:11 AM   #1
jtvinny
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jtvinny's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Posts: 169
Default My first time (with a question)

Well it's all your fault. I spent most of the day on this forum and could not resist trying a cider. I am currently on my second batch of beer but figured that trying a small batch of cider could not be too much of a waste if I screwed it up so...

On the way out the door to a dinner party tonight I saw some leftover blueberries and blackberries from a cobbler that the wife made. While running into the store to purchase ice cream for said cobbler I grabbed a 2 gallon refillable water jug, a bottle of apple juice, a bottle of apple punch (apple orange, cherry, grape juice) and a bottle of cherry cranberry juice. On the way home I was able to grab some champagne yeast so I could throw it together this evening.

To the fruit I added 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup table sugar, and 1/4 cup red hots and boiled it. I then threw that in my recently modified and sterilized water jug, pitched the yeast and left it with some kind words. And now the wait...

I guess the only question I have is- Did I leave too much head room for a primary? (See below) The reason I left it so low is because the front and back of the jug are higher than the middle where the lid is, I didn't want the gas to rise up to the front or back and force liquid out my blow-off. I can top it off a little more if need be or next time I will just drill straight into the plastic at the front and tilt the jug back a little so that I when I rack it into the secondary the sediment will not plug the spigot. Please let me know what you think.


The tubing fits in the spigot for bottling or racking into the secondary. Note the humps in the front and back of the lid.


The fixins'- I only used about half of the last one and seven of the packets of Splenda, I will add more at bottling if need be.


In good company- My Stout bubbling away next to it.

__________________

Definition of an Irishman: "a complex mechanism for turning Guinness into urine." - The Stout Book by Brendan O'Brien


Reason: Have a question
jtvinny is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2008, 01:10 AM   #2
Reddy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 120
Default

Uh-oh... does that water jug have a #7 on the bottom? If so don't use it again, it's leeching bad, bad chemicals into the stuff you brew in it. That's why a lot of them say "Refill only with water."

__________________
Primary 1: PawPaw Wheat
Primary 2 Air
Secondary 1: Experimental Wild Beer
Secondary 2: Backyard Blackberry/Grape Wine
Bottled/Drinking: Spiced Belgium Ale, Pumpkin Ale, and a variety of cider, mead and farmhouse wines
On Deck: Coffee Porter?
Reddy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2008, 11:26 PM   #3
jtvinny
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jtvinny's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Posts: 169
Default It has a 2 on the bottom

I looked up #2 bottles and it says that it is a high density polethylene. I think that #1 is PET (what Better Bottles are made of) but how safe is it to use the #2 bottles?

__________________

Definition of an Irishman: "a complex mechanism for turning Guinness into urine." - The Stout Book by Brendan O'Brien

jtvinny is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-27-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
Reddy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 120
Default

1 and 2 are supposed to be OK. Eventually I'm going to switch to all glass though...

__________________
Primary 1: PawPaw Wheat
Primary 2 Air
Secondary 1: Experimental Wild Beer
Secondary 2: Backyard Blackberry/Grape Wine
Bottled/Drinking: Spiced Belgium Ale, Pumpkin Ale, and a variety of cider, mead and farmhouse wines
On Deck: Coffee Porter?
Reddy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Long time drinker, first time brewer... chuke Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-14-2009 02:46 AM
first time near beer, this time rocket fuel GranillaNutz Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 04-20-2009 01:22 PM
Recipe advice for long time lurker, first time brewer... aristocrat Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 03-08-2009 05:35 AM
Long time listener, first time brewer... from orange county, CA MacBruver Introductions 9 02-22-2009 08:06 AM
1st time kegger, long time drinker (oh and 1st time poster as well) believeinsteve Bottling/Kegging 5 06-29-2007 04:54 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS