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Old 11-03-2013, 03:57 PM   #11
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So after two weeks it is still bubbling away. I racked it to the secondary. Fermentation is now more vigorous. I think I may have aerated it a bit, I didn't realize the hose was pointing up in the carboy. So the first couple gallons may have gotten a bit aerated. I managed to leave behind the yeast cake and the stuff that was floating on top, I just stuck my racking cane through the airlock hole. I also filled up a Growler with what didn't fit in the carboy and put an airlock on it.
I took another hydrometer reading. Its down to 1.023. I tasted it. Has a bit of a wine taste to it, but definitely better than pruno!

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Old 11-23-2013, 09:22 PM   #12
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Just bottled 29 22s of cider. After 2.5 weeks in the secondary fermenter it finished at 1.000. I added 1/4 cup per gallon of light brown sugar to Carb it and some stevia to back sweeten it. Doing the math starting with an OG of 1.073 it came to 7.6 ABV. It tastes kind of wine like. It really didn't mellow as much as I had hoped. Perhaps a couple weeks of bottle conditioning will help. I'm concerned I may have stirred up the yeast cake a bit, there is a fair amount in the bottoms of the bottles.

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Old 11-23-2013, 10:19 PM   #13
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Nice. Let a 6 pack sit for 3 or 4 months. Then it'll taste more mellow and super tasty.

PS auto correct sucks.

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Old 12-23-2013, 02:36 AM   #14
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Kind of an overdue update. After 2 weeks in bottles I tried one. It cleared up and tasted decent! I was stoked. They had been sitting in my spare bedroom with the heat off so 50-60*. I had to turn the heat of for a guest after that first 2 weeks. I tried another bottle (these are 22oz) at about week 3 and it was a gusher. It stirred up all the sediment in the bottom of the bottle and gave it more of a yeasty taste. Overcarbed. I really didn't know what to do with it, got busy with other stuff and forgot about it. Now a week later I drank a couple and they were both gushers, but the one I gave my buddy out of the fridge in the shop was fine. (The shop got real cold when it got to -9*) So I SEARCHED and determined I need to cold crash them, and that I should have done that before bottling. So I put them in my deep freezer for a couple hours until I felt they better come out before they freeze. I moved them to my fridge. Looking forward to hopefully calmed down a bit cider.
On another note I started my first batch of beer. I'm excited to see how that comes out.

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Old 12-23-2013, 02:57 AM   #15
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Might want to prepare for bottle bombs...

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Old 12-23-2013, 03:09 AM   #16
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Might want to prepare for bottle bombs...
Yeah I forgot to mention I had one blow up. Hopefully they should stabilize and chill out now right? It makes me tempted to like pour them all in the bottling bucket and re-bottle.
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