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  • 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

  • Posted in thread: Apples ripening at different times on 09-04-2016 at 08:29 PM
    You can start the fermentation,then add juice as other trees ripen. Make sure you test the sg
    and starch (with iodine) before you pick the apples. The iodine test is very important for
    cider apples, i...

  • Posted in thread: Cider apple trees for new house on 08-31-2016 at 09:04 PM
    Kingston black is only a dud in wet climates, it does very well in dry climates like
    california. I live in a warm dry climate and the trees that do well for me are KB, somerset
    redstreak and tremletts...

  • Posted in thread: Bottled Pinot Nior tastes good but slightly carbonated on 08-31-2016 at 12:31 AM
    Gas or no gas, the sun will rise in the morning. Relax and deal with it.I agree with this
    100%, co2 isn't a normal taint, it will go away, unlike something like vinegar. If you bottle
    with corks it w...

  • Posted in thread: Cider apple trees for new house on 08-31-2016 at 12:13 AM
    You should be able to grow most cider apples at those hours. You should plant at least one
    traditional tannic apple,something like somerset redstreak or kingston black, they add good
    flavour to cider....

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