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  • Posted in thread: Spacers for cheeses on rack press on 08-21-2014 at 08:45 PM
    Anything flat will do, timber, plywood, hdpe plastic. If you use plywood make sure it is
    painted with something like polyurethane.

  • Posted in thread: Can we use plastic bottles? on 08-14-2014 at 05:11 AM
    If you use plastic bottles you have to drink the cider soonish. I used them but found after a
    few months the cider was starting to oxidise. I have tried the same with wine, a total
    disaster, after a y...

  • Posted in thread: Lactobacillus in cider on 08-09-2014 at 06:39 AM
    You need to google malolactic fermentation (MLF). Lactobacillus is one of a group called Lactic
    Acid Bacteria (LAB). Cider has a lot of malic acid, LAB convert malic acid to Lactic acid
    which, unlike ...

  • Posted in thread: orchard apple trees first year watering on 08-06-2014 at 08:39 PM
    I live in a hot dry climate but have deep soil, I don't irrigate my orchard at all, though I
    did water when young with a big hose during dry spells. Your sandy soil might cause problems
    but even so th...

  • Posted in thread: Digital Hydrometer? on 07-30-2014 at 11:47 PM
    Surely this forum isn't just for average cider makers? People go on a forum to improve their
    skills, hopefully rise above average.

  • Posted in thread: Digital Hydrometer? on 07-30-2014 at 09:19 PM
    Precision hydrometers can be extremely useful for homebrewers is you are making a sweet cider
    by cold crashing and repeated racking. You need to know the exact speed of the fermentation,
    Claude Jolico...

  • Posted in thread: improving soil on 07-30-2014 at 09:08 PM
    I hate to keep adding extra requirements but slope is also important. If you have enough slope
    then french drains should work quite well. I would run shorter trenches (maybe 5m spacing)
    across the blo...

  • Posted in thread: Digital Hydrometer? on 07-30-2014 at 07:52 AM
    Another possibility is a precision hydrometer, same as a normal hydrometer but covers a smaller
    range and has better graduations. These are good for measuring the speed of fermentation if you
    are tryi...

  • Posted in thread: Digital Hydrometer? on 07-29-2014 at 10:46 PM
    You can get digital refractometers that are easy to use, but not accurate during fermentation
    because of the alcohol. You can use them for OG.

  • Posted in thread: improving soil on 07-25-2014 at 08:08 PM
    The road builders should have made the ditch so it drains water away. It is impossible to
    advise about drainage works without actually seeing the site. A single drain can zig zag a bit
    to cover more a...

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