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Old 07-13-2012, 08:18 PM   #21
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Are organic berries necessary? Just wondering is a 2.5 gallon batch would run 28.00 just for the berries at 4.99 for 6 oz for organic, and that's not even including the cider price. Non organic are 5.00 for 12 oz at Sam's Club, nearly half the price.

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Old 07-13-2012, 10:02 PM   #22
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I didn't use organic, just fresh blackberries.

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Old 07-13-2012, 10:28 PM   #23
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A couple more noob questions.

I'm making this in a 3 gallon carboy so I have to multiply the ingredients by 2.5 correct? From what I've heard, the gallon rating on the carboys are assuming filled to the max and not the recommended volume allowing for headroom.

"10. After 10 days, add sugar to taste (I used ~1 cup)." - I've only brewed Mr. Beer cider thus far where you add a small amount of sugar into each bottle and then cap. For this type of brewing, do you just put the total sugar into the batch, mix, then bottle instead of adding sugar to each bottle?

"11. Bottle and pasteurize after desired carb level has been reached." - Can you elaborate on what you mean by this in noob terms?

I am reading the "bible" of cider making books, but haven't gotten through all of the specifics yet so I appreciate your knowledge.

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Old 07-13-2012, 10:37 PM   #24
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I just realized step 10 may be the backsweetening process and by bottle and carb in step 11 you mean to siphon the batch into the bottles and put the priming sugar or whatever sugar/chemical you're using into the bottles and cap aka carbing. Is that correct? If so, how do you know how much sugar to out in the bottle? Please do still clarify about the carboy volume in my previous post. Thank you again.

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Old 07-20-2012, 04:11 AM   #25
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Here's a couple of pics from the 2.5 gallon batch I made this past Sunday. Nice active fermentation bubbling away.

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Old 07-20-2012, 03:08 PM   #26
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Should the fruit eventually fall to the bottom of the carboy. Let me know if my pics look normal with the fruit floating with yeast on top or if I need to shake it up.

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Old 07-20-2012, 05:36 PM   #27
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Also, I used three gallons of organic unfiltered cider like from Whole Foods. Did I need to pasteurize it? Hopefully not.

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Old 07-27-2012, 11:57 PM   #28
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Quote:
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This is 16 days in. Still bubbling.
Mine stopped bubbling after about ten days. Should I be concerned?
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:51 PM   #29
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Should the berries fall to the bottom at some point? Mine are still floating several weeks in.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:20 PM   #30
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Mine are still floating as well, it seems fine to me!

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