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Old 03-14-2012, 05:36 PM   #141
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I started mine last Friday with an OG of 1.080. 5 Gallons, added 5lbs of white sugar. It's been bubbling away, it's in a room that has been a steady 68-70 degrees. I have it in a plastic fermentation bucket.
I wanted it to be ready for St Patty's day, but I don't have any glass bottles to pasteurize it in. I don't mind about it being carbed or not. Can I nuke this with a bottle or two of 190 proof Everclear to stop fermentation, and then filter it through a coffee filter into a bottling bucket to take to the "party house"? I don't mind it having a high alcohol content-actually that's a goal of mine. I haven't checked the SG since fermentation begun.

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:28 AM   #142
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I wouldn't try the Everclear, just throw what you can into any containers you can get (jugs, mason jars, PET soda bottles, etc.) leave 5-6 hrs to carb a bit and crash in the fridge. As long as you drink it all in one sitting you'll have no trouble.

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Old 03-17-2012, 07:11 PM   #143
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I started mine last Friday with an OG of 1.080. 5 Gallons, added 5lbs of white sugar. It's been bubbling away, it's in a room that has been a steady 68-70 degrees. I have it in a plastic fermentation bucket.
I wanted it to be ready for St Patty's day, but I don't have any glass bottles to pasteurize it in. I don't mind about it being carbed or not. Can I nuke this with a bottle or two of 190 proof Everclear to stop fermentation, and then filter it through a coffee filter into a bottling bucket to take to the "party house"? I don't mind it having a high alcohol content-actually that's a goal of mine. I haven't checked the SG since fermentation begun.
Two .75L bottles of 190 proof booze added to 5 gallons of 5% cider would make for 11.6% "cider" and would likely be so completely unbalanced it would be a waste of both. If your goal is to get drunk, do shots and chase with cider so you can at least enjoy one of them in the process!
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:03 AM   #144
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I haven't brewed in a very long time...

Started two batches today.

1st batch
4 gal fresh pressed Pear Juice (pasteurized)
1/2 lb local wildflower honey - has a slight orange flavor to it
1lb brown sugar
Red Star yeast (its all I could get my hands on)

2nd batch
4 gal fresh pressed Apple Juice (pasteurized)
3/4 local wildflower honey
1lb brown sugar
Red Star yeast

Looking forward to this...I love unfiltered ciders. This is in the newly converted brew room of the house just bubbling away.

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:46 AM   #145
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Reading here about filling a plastic "test bottle" for a carb check prior to pasteurizing. How exactly does that work?

Obviously if I like the carbonation then I head straight for pasteurization. What if I think it needs a little more since my test bottle is done? Guess?


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Old 03-20-2012, 10:14 PM   #146
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Reading here about filling a plastic "test bottle" for a carb check prior to pasteurizing. How exactly does that work?

Obviously if I like the carbonation then I head straight for pasteurization. What if I think it needs a little more since my test bottle is done? Guess?


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My best guess is you fill a PET bottle of the same volume as your glass or other bottles that you can easily open and close to check your carb. Pour out a small amount, test, assuming your normal bottles and your test bottle are in the same place and at the same temperature, they should carb relatively similarly.

If it needs more carbonation, reseal the test bottle and test later. Your bottles should continue carbing as normal without any risk of oxidation.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:53 AM   #147
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After you fill the plastic bottle you squeeze out all the air of the bottle and then cap it. The bottle will expand as the cider carbs.

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:26 AM   #148
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Reading here about filling a plastic "test bottle" for a carb check prior to pasteurizing. How exactly does that work?

Obviously if I like the carbonation then I head straight for pasteurization. What if I think it needs a little more since my test bottle is done? Guess?


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Yeah, I think you are mistaken. The point of using a plastic bottle is to be able to squeeze it to see where your carbonation level is, not to open it and drink it. Obviously, the stiffer the bottle, the higher the carbonation level. When the bottle is relatively stiff, its time to pasteurize the rest.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:30 AM   #149
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I haven't brewed in a very long time...

Started two batches today.

1st batch
4 gal fresh pressed Pear Juice (pasteurized)
1/2 lb local wildflower honey - has a slight orange flavor to it
1lb brown sugar
Red Star yeast (its all I could get my hands on)

2nd batch
4 gal fresh pressed Apple Juice (pasteurized)
3/4 local wildflower honey
1lb brown sugar
Red Star yeast

Looking forward to this...I love unfiltered ciders. This is in the newly converted brew room of the house just bubbling away.

That perry sounds intriguing. Would love to know how that turns out.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:44 PM   #150
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After you fill the plastic bottle you squeeze out all the air of the bottle and then cap it. The bottle will expand as the cider carbs.
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Yeah, I think you are mistaken. The point of using a plastic bottle is to be able to squeeze it to see where your carbonation level is, not to open it and drink it. Obviously, the stiffer the bottle, the higher the carbonation level. When the bottle is relatively stiff, its time to pasteurize the rest.
Excellent, thanks!


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