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Posted in thread: Home Scratter on 12-04-2013 at 09:00 AM
A fellow called peter Eveleigh sells handmade scratters in England, said to work well. His
flickr page is
Posted in thread: What's a reasonable yield of juice from fresh apples? on 12-04-2013 at 08:01 AM
The best thing is to convert the weight of your apples to kilograms and the volume of juice to
litres, then you get a % yield for your press, litres/kg. For a home press the minimum
Posted in thread: Taming acetobacter on 12-01-2013 at 07:19 PM
White slime can be film yeast, not as bad as acetobacter but still undesirable. Sulfite will
definitely help, bottling should fix it if you carbonate. If it has finished fermenting and you
have some h...
Posted in thread: cider got grey/blue? on 11-28-2013 at 03:07 AM
I guess it depends on the part coming in contact with the juice. If there is a lot of movement
and friction such as inside a shredder you need a few coats of a sturdy paint, if it is just
Posted in thread: cider got grey/blue? on 11-26-2013 at 06:54 PM
The colour is due to oxidised iron. The good news is that your cidermaking process is good, you
are keeping the air out which is very important. I have had the same thing happen, I fixed it
Posted in thread: cider got grey/blue? on 11-26-2013 at 10:08 AM
You are getting iron dissolved in the juice. Apple juice is quite acidic and dissolves iron
very easily. Try painting the steel parts with polyurethane paint.
Posted in thread: cider got grey/blue? on 11-25-2013 at 06:46 PM
Did you make your own juice from apples? If iron gets in the juice it will turn grey/black when
exposed to air. Usually it is caused by the mill or press having mild steel components.
Posted in thread: Large Production on 11-15-2013 at 10:12 PM
The bags have a metallised barrier layer that keeps most o2 out. The opening is a 2" fitting
that gives an excellent seal so not much air gets in that way. The bags are good for at least 6
Posted in thread: Large Production on 11-15-2013 at 06:34 AM
For larger volumes you need a pump. It needs to be food safe and easily cleaned, but doesn't
need to be powerful because if you have to wait 10 or 20 min for a tank to fill it doesn't
matter too much....
Posted in thread: Who racks? Who doesn't? on 11-14-2013 at 06:11 AM
I do a warm, fast ferment. I rack after 3-4 days into a fermenter with a good seal, but then
leave it a few months before bottling. A bit of lees is supposed to help with MLF, and can also
soak up a b...