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Posted in thread: Uneven distribution of priming sugar in 5 gal batch on 12-23-2013 at 03:07 PM
This is what I do as well. Theoretically, the swirling motion should mix the priming solution
sufficiently, but after experiencing what you described, I started stirring with a sanitized
spoon once th...
Posted in thread: Easy Stove-Top Pasteurizing - With Pics on 12-12-2013 at 01:57 PM
I use a spaghetti pot with the built in strainer. I turn off the heat and put the bottles in
the strainer. The bottle bottoms never touch the bottom of the pot that could get up to 300
deg!That is exa...
Posted in thread: Has anyone tried pasteurizing in a cooler? on 12-12-2013 at 01:53 PM
This is a good thread and I like this way better than the stove top. I think this should be
stickied too, honestly.A few weeks ago I did almost a full 5 gallons bottled in a 20 gallon or
so cooler. I ...
Posted in thread: should I use a blow-off tube? on 12-10-2013 at 12:29 PM
I've been using a small blow-off tube using a modified 3 piece airlock but it really hasn't
been needed. I'm fermenting 2.5 gallons in a 3 gallon carboy and with champagne yeast or S-05,
I have never ...
Posted in thread: Has anyone tried pasteurizing in a cooler? on 12-10-2013 at 12:22 PM
No problem. I wouldn't worry about the hot water warping or melting the cooler, I've
pasteurized several batches of cider and even made beer mash with regular coolers and other
people have as well for...
Posted in thread: Caramel Apple Hard Cider on 12-02-2013 at 06:25 PM
Just bottled my 3rd batch of this. Did another 2.5 gallons using S-05 yeast. Since I'm cutting
the original recipe to 2.5 gallons, I've been cutting the caramel syrup in half as well. This
time I just...
Posted in thread: Has anyone tried pasteurizing in a cooler? on 10-25-2013 at 12:33 PM
I actually do this all the time. I recently posted a recipe that is currently fermenting, and
in the first page of the forum I explain exactly how I pasteurize in a cooler. Check it out if
Posted in thread: Easy Stove-Top Pasteurizing - With Pics on 10-25-2013 at 12:22 PM
I lost about 1/3 to 1/2 of my product using this process. I think I also obtained a serious
case of PTSD.... Loud noises in my kitchen now freak me out. Most of the lost mead was due to
caps blowing o...
Posted in thread: Caramel Apple Hard Cider on 10-02-2013 at 02:46 PM
:mug: When I mixed the apple juice and dextrose I accidentally added 2 cans of FCAJ to the mix
instead of adding just before bottling, I didn't realize it until I finished adding the second
can. How m...
Posted in thread: Caramel Apple Hard Cider on 10-01-2013 at 11:06 PM
I scaled the recipe down to 2.5 gallons. I'm probably going to go with 1.5 cans of FAJC but
should I cut the caramel syrup down as well?