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Old 08-23-2012, 12:40 AM   #51
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So I got my 3rd (and first big batch) going collecting tips from everyone.
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- 5 gallons of store brand, no preservatives apple juice
- About 3lbs of brown sugar (started with 2lbs, but wanted an OG of 1.70)
- pitched Red Star Montrachet yeast (wanted to try Nottingham, but my local HBS didn't have it and I wanted to try something other than champagne as I said earlier)

Why brown sugar instead of juice concentrate to start? Purely because I already had two bags of brown sugar at home.

I'll try to give this one 2 weeks in the primary like it's described in the Carmel apple cider recipe and check the gravity to see how dry it's getting.
Back sweeten a little with concentrate for taste, but mainly so it can carb up (as was described in this thread) then refrigerate for a week and see where we are at. Crossing my fingers this will be a good batch!

-edit: Oh yeah, I would have taken some "sexay" photos of this as I go but I'm making it in an ale pail... which is opaque and makes for crappy pics.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:01 AM   #52
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Yeah I haven't tried brown sugar yet, I also have 4 lbs of DME I would like to try, it's all these "experiments" that keep this so fun.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:04 AM   #53
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Definitely bro, but from your other thread describing how much you are digging this batch... I'm not sure how much more room you have to move on up!

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:59 AM   #54
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I have a crazy batch brewing right now, honestly have no clue how it's going to turn out. I got oats, Carmel briess, honey, cinnamon sticks into it. I used basically the same base cider recipe with the concentrate to build it. I'm now just waiting for my caps I ordered from northern brewer so I can bottle it.

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:29 AM   #55
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Aren't you worried about oxidation by filling your bottles like this?
i am wondering this as well, but what other methods are there to bottle? I don't think i've seen people siphon into bottles? Sounds like it would be super tedious and make a big mess.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:54 PM   #56
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Checked on my 5 gallon batch this morning @ around 5:45 when I got up and the three-piece airlock was already popping away. We have lift off.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:35 PM   #57
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Posting just so I can find this thread again in a few weeks when I'm ready to start my second ever batch of cider.

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Old 08-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #58
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i am wondering this as well, but what other methods are there to bottle? I don't think i've seen people siphon into bottles? Sounds like it would be super tedious and make a big mess.
How else would you bottle?
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:38 PM   #59
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i am wondering this as well, but what other methods are there to bottle? I don't think i've seen people siphon into bottles? Sounds like it would be super tedious and make a big mess.
Ask and ye shall receive.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bott...ebrewer-94812/
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During the boil, you can stir with your dong - won't hurt the beer.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #60
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That's cool, but I like my way and so far it's work well for me. I get all kinds of stuff because I work in a phamcutical facility and found those little funnels work great, plus you can see what your doing, just tilt the bottle slightly and you get no bubbles. Thanks for the info though. I might try one of those domeday
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