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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,
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
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...