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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: Cider Nutrition on 06-28-2015 at 05:59 AM
    Along with the beer I've been making, I've also always got a couple of gallons of cider going.
    I've always just bought store brand fruit juices of different types and let them ferment out. I
    don't swe...

  • Posted in thread: Sour Ciders? on 06-20-2015 at 02:01 AM
    If you live in a warm sunny climate it is fairly easy to get your apples above 1.060 in a good
    year. This year most of my cider is above 8% abv. my record is 1.108. A lot depends on your
    cropping yiel...

  • Posted in thread: Home Vineyard on 06-17-2015 at 09:40 AM
    If you are averaging 3lb per bunch that is far too big for good winegrapes. Winegrapes should
    be less than 1lb on average. Big fat bunches mean not much skin, and the skin is where the
    flavour is for ...

  • Posted in thread: Sour Ciders? on 06-17-2015 at 08:51 AM
    Cider is quite different to beer. Lactobacillus will actually make cider less sour, rather than
    more sour. Cider like wine undergoes MLF, usually either lactobacillus or oenococcus, lacto
    only if the ...

  • Posted in thread: Home Vineyard on 06-13-2015 at 11:11 PM
    There are lots of options with trellis wires. It depends a lot how vigorous your vines grow.
    Vines can be very vigorous with good conditions, too vigorous is bad, it isn't usually a
    problem for a smal...

  • Posted in thread: Home Vineyard on 06-12-2015 at 01:49 AM
    It is no problem if they are a bit crowded in the tube, they will soon grow out the top. A lot
    of vineyards will plant 6ft apart mainly to save money. When you plant your bigger vineyard
    next year I w...

  • Posted in thread: Home Vineyard on 06-11-2015 at 11:45 PM
    The thing to keep in mind is that your main aim is always to get the grapes as ripe as
    possible. This isn't as easy as it may seem, grapevines are subject to many pests and diseases,
    it is different i...

  • Posted in thread: Home Vineyard on 06-11-2015 at 07:49 AM
    I have about 300 vines at my place, cab sav, shiraz and sav blanc. It's a great hobby, will
    give you endless fun. 17 vines isn't many, they are easy to take cuttings but you may need
    rootstocks for ph...

  • Posted in thread: A question for people with apple trees on 05-06-2015 at 05:48 AM
    I have an Egremont russet, it didn't produce much fruit for the first 10 years and still isn't
    very reliable after 20. When you get a good crop of russet apples it is well worth the wait,
    they have a ...

  • Posted in thread: Malolactic cider? Quick response plz! on 04-22-2015 at 11:57 PM
    There isn't really an optimum inoculation time, you can do MLF at any time. You just need to
    keep the cider above 60F for a couple of weeks after pitching. You will get a bit of an
    off-taste while the...

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