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  • Australia
  • Cider and wine: growing, making and drinking.
  • '08 shiraz/cabernet/merlotrn'09 cabernetrnCider "little brown snout" "twenty ounce" "kidd's orange red"
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  • Posted in thread: Car jack plus car equals apple press on 01-02-2017 at 01:08 AM
    I think it would be possible to run a hydraulic cylinder from tractor hydraulics to make an
    apple press, but you would have to have the engine running.I think a cheap electric motor is
    better for a sc...

  • Posted in thread: Colour loss? on 01-01-2017 at 10:18 PM
    metabisulfite will tend to strip the colour so if you used very much that will be why. Also, to
    get colour you need to ferment the whole fruit then press the remaining pulp.

  • Posted in thread: Vigorous Malolactic Fermentation - problem? on 01-01-2017 at 10:07 AM
    I always use MLF culture, it often bubbles like that, it will depend on the temperature. I find
    I get some strange cardboardy flavours for a few weeks but they soon dissapate. I would advise
    you not t...

  • Posted in thread: Car jack plus car equals apple press on 01-01-2017 at 09:59 AM
    I bought that carry - all, made in Australia for about $800 from memory. very useful in the
    orchard and vineyard.

  • Posted in thread: Photos of insider of an apple scratter on 10-04-2016 at 06:51 PM
    My tip would be to use a motor,even with a motor the apples can jam sometimes. The feed chute
    design is very important, Jolicoeur's book has a good explanation.

  • Posted in thread: Wild fermentation after campden tablets? on 09-22-2016 at 08:44 PM
    It is advised when doing a wild ferment to sulfite the juice. As you say, it selects for the
    more desirable yeasts.

  • Posted in thread: Adjusting acidity after fermentation? on 09-09-2016 at 08:18 PM
    It depends on your purpose. fermentation is safer in the region of 3.2-3.4 pH because it
    favours sacchromyces yeast, so for safety it is better to adjust pH before fermentation. for
    flavour it is bett...

  • Posted in thread: PH increased during primary fermentation on 09-08-2016 at 03:51 AM
    That is normal, though maybe a bit bigger difference than usual. If your cider has gone through
    MLF it always goes up quite a lot, that doesn't mean yours has definitely gone through MLF but
    it may ha...

  • Posted in thread: Lifting the cider quantity in a tank. <Need Help> on 09-06-2016 at 08:23 PM
    You can fill bottles with water and put them in the tanks, you need plastic screw cap bottles
    so the caps don't react with the cider,or maybe cork stoppered bottles.

  • Posted in thread: Help identifying apples from Northern Sonoma County on 09-05-2016 at 07:01 AM
    Very hard to id apples, with that russeting I would say they are a heritage cultivar. They look
    a bit like peasgood nonesuch, which are really big apples, but it is probably a bit early for

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