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Posted in thread: Re-yeast prior to bottling tonight? on 10-08-2015 at 06:55 PM
I am a huge fan of Nottingham yeast. I have used it for about 40 brews, and I love it. It is
generally good to about 14% ABV, and I have never gotten close to that. Your ABV should be
about 7%, so you...
Posted in thread: Sink and Drain board on 08-17-2015 at 08:55 PM
Measure your pot carefully, and if it fits in the sink, it is a no brainer. I would like it
better if it had a hose, but I generally love stainless. Easier to keep clean and sanitize if
needed. I am p...
Posted in thread: Primary Vs. Secondary on 08-17-2015 at 08:50 PM
There is a lot of hating on Secondary ferment here. I agree that for a simple recipe, it adds
nothing. For clarity, I use Irish Moss to aid in clarification, and prefer Nottingham yeast
Posted in thread: primary to secondary to bottle on 08-03-2015 at 06:05 PM
It is generally good to get the cider (like everything else) off the yeast bed (lee or trub) if
you are not bottling immediately. I find that with my ciders, aging in secondary gives a
Posted in thread: Bottle cider in these bottles? on 08-03-2015 at 06:00 PM
Those look like Belgian 750ml bottles. I use them quite a bit, and you can get the proper cork
and wire cages (lust like champagne corks) from most LHBS. This gets expensive though, since it
Posted in thread: First Cyser advice on 08-03-2015 at 05:49 PM
I have made a couple of 5 gallon batches of Cyser that have gotten great reviews. Like
everything you brew, ingredients are everything. When I make anything based on apples (Graff,
Cider, Cyser), I st...
Posted in thread: More questions from a newbie on 08-03-2015 at 05:41 PM
If you add any significant amount of honey, you end up making a Cyser, which can be incredibly
good, but needs to age for a year or more to be really delicious. I have made quite a bit of
it, but it i...
Posted in thread: Cost of grains (not in bulk) on 08-03-2015 at 05:25 PM
The price you are paying for grain seems very high to me. When I first started doing all-grain
brewing, my cost dropped by about 40% per 5-gallon batch. The LHBS that I go to generally
charges $1.50 t...
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Sweet pot. I'm in!