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  • Posted in thread: Apple wines, bottle conditioning a clear product on 08-22-2016 at 02:51 PM
    I may have missed your point earlier, so let me try again: what is your definition of bubbly?
    Petillant, (slightly carbonated) or Sparkling?The BJCP lists 2-3 oz of corn sugar as
    Petilliant, and 5 oz ...

  • Posted in thread: First cider on 08-21-2016 at 08:42 PM
    (spoken in jest) Hey, Cider for Dummies?After many years of brewing beer and expecting to not
    have the super-secret cider skills required and being willing to not make "great" cider in the
    beginning, ...

  • Posted in thread: Cider to vinegar on 08-21-2016 at 01:28 AM
    I generally fortify my cider batches with FAJC so the apple flavor of the vinegar is cmore
    pronounced.

  • Posted in thread: Cider to vinegar on 08-20-2016 at 06:58 PM
    I have made a few batches of cider vinegars with very tasty results. There are unpasteurized
    ciders st the grocery store you use as guaranteed source of starter.

  • Posted in thread: First Time Cider Maker - How long can I age my cider on 08-20-2016 at 06:27 PM
    I personally age all my ciders as I have had better tasting results that way. I have read the
    two factors that affect the aging ability of ciders ABV% and pH. To be honest, I have never
    checked the pH...

  • Posted in thread: My cyser w/ Nottingham has been at 66F for 7 days... Safe to let it reach room temp? on 08-18-2016 at 09:23 PM
    Cider is like good BBQ, low and slow is the way to go.

  • Posted in thread: Carbonation & sediment after bottling on 08-18-2016 at 09:21 PM
    As was said before be patient. Cider isn't always fast to carbonate, and aging the cider is
    always a plus.

  • Posted in thread: First cider on 08-18-2016 at 09:15 PM
    I have a friend that does the same thing with purchased juice; somewhere around September he
    buys a jug, removes the inner seal and puts the lid back on, and puts it in the fridge until
    Christmas.He s...

  • Posted in thread: Obligatory first cider post! on 08-18-2016 at 06:04 PM
    Carbonation drops are popular with some brewers and not with others. I generally age my ciders
    in the bottle, so I can't comment on "bulk aging" after fermentation is over.

  • Posted in thread: Obligatory first cider post! on 08-18-2016 at 02:46 PM
    MT, a dry sparkling cider does not require bottle pasteurization. If you add the appropriate
    amount of priming sugar, when the priming sugar is gone the yeast go back to sleep; if you
    wanted a sweet-f...

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Posted: 
December 30, 2014  •  06:35 AM
Minden Man ,
Good to see a local with similar interests. I'm up in Spanish Springs. Just got into brewing this summer, and all I do at night is read about brewing. And just bought a whole bunch more equipment off craigslist. I'd like to pick your brain in the future on the cider thing. That will be in the next brew or two. Does Costco have an appropriate apple juice or FJC? They have a good price on honey for the mead I have planned.
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December 31, 2014  •  07:50 PM
@modelafish, Ask me anything you want, I will help you as much as I can. For a new cider maker, I suggest going store bought at least the first couple of batches. The apple juice that Costco sells is fine, and most any FJC will work too. I make a lot of apple jack, so it is not uncommon for me to add 3 cans of FAJC into a 1 gallon batch. I do not add them all at once to not stress the yeast. I use Pasteur Red (not Champagne) yeast to make my ciders now, and even at 18% ABV, there is still apple flavor before concentrating.
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