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  • An errant errand boy, bemused would-be brewer.

    I like to be able to do things, I like to know how to do things. I make yogurt, I make kefir, I play with a garden, I do hydroponics, I like mechanical things, I like craft and craftsman work, I like fixing thngs rather than buying new. I like doing things for myself and making things rather than buying them.
  • DIY self-sufficiency and
    renaissance skills
  • 'puter dude -- rather boring stuff.
  • Joe Palooka
  • Yes. Music is my favorite.
  • The Incredibles.
  • Andy Giffith (the original black & white, before Andy went senile & started pimping for "Obama-Care"
  • The Bible, Lamsa Edition.
  • Virginia Civil Defense League
  • My dad brewed beer when I was a tyke, and later had a beer joint, and I grew to dislike beer -- the smell, the taste. But apples... now there's a flavor.

    I like martinis, but making gin is beyond me right now. I like apples, I like apple cider. Hard cider is a natural extension.
  • I'll try a couple small batches with different guts, and see if they can turn into something drinkable -- not beery, but apple-y.
  • Southern sphere:
    1) Orchard-pressed, non-pasturized cider in cold fermentation... purchased 10/08 and still fermenting as of 6/9... about 4 months yet to go.
    2) FrankenCider - Orchard-pressed, non-pasturized cider with brown sugar and blend of natural yeasts with Montrachet tossed on top. Who will win? Circa same as #1
    6 & 7) 1/2 Gallons of Mott's and Kedem, mixed w/ brown sugar added to one bottle. Left out to dry (fermenting out as far as it wants to go).
    9) Micro-brew experiment in a JK Scrumpy's bottle. Fermented about 10 days, then consumed. Not bad, actually.

    Great Northern beans:
    3) Store-brand non-preservative cider w/ brown sugar and Montrachet. Pretty plain vanilla. Bottled and aging.
    4) Bastard wild-yeast experiment: Can the apple yeasts survive Trader Joe's handling and my hands. Answer: No. But it turned into some nice Apple Cider Vinegar.
    5) A Gal of Whole Foods 365 Organic Apple Cider w/ Notty. Bought mainly to have a glass gallon carboy, which make
  • Nothing yet. If things go as planned, my tummy will be the secondary. Let's not talk about the tertiary.
  • * Brandon O's Graf, or a reasonable immitation thereof. My stuff tastes beer-y, but I will say, officially, that it sucks less than anything I've made yet! Other folks like it well enough, thinking it an apple bier or a hoppy beer. I didn't use hops. :-D
    * Some ApfelWein. There should be a law requiring newbs to brew at least two batches of plain cider before attempting ApfelWein.

    * Some of the light brown sugar w/ store apple juice, and some plain Motts apple juice.

    * Whole Foods Organic Apple Juice on top of Nottingham. Not Enland's finest hour.
  • Nothing yet.
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  • Posted in thread: New cidery in Virginia - Afton Mtn (C-ville) area on 10-17-2011 at 03:23 AM
    Took my wife out for a drive for our anniversary today (Oct 16th) -- I had pulled a map of all
    the apple orchards in Virginia, and I was looking for anything that would have some fun
    activities (and h...

  • Posted in thread: pineapple cider? on 08-14-2011 at 09:26 PM
    Easy on the pineapple... a Goodsize Pineapple Wine will give you a BOOM pineapple
    headache.[ame=" Goodsize, Pineapple Wine[/ame]Actually, I thought that the acids and the
    enzymes would prevent the ye...

  • Posted in thread: is PURE Peach Juice cider possible? on 12-25-2010 at 04:58 AM
    Pear "cider" = Peary.And, Peach "cider" = "Peachy".No, seriously. Which is supposedly where we
    get the word, Peachy. In colonial times, aged Peachy was considered on par with the finest
    wines, and bec...

  • Posted in thread: Sammy's Simple Cider on 12-17-2010 at 04:47 AM
    I did my "class" last night. It was much fun, and I don't think that the guinea pigs minded it
    much, either.I did a re-cap on my original post mantra is becoming "larger batches, bottle
    sooner, out ...

  • Posted in thread: School's back in session - simple cider on 12-17-2010 at 04:44 AM
    I did my "class" last night. A good time was had by (me), everybody else was on their own. It
    went well, w/ few minor hitches. (note to self: start the cider tasting AFTER the talk and
    pitching... sec...

  • Posted in thread: School's back in session - simple cider on 11-28-2010 at 04:09 AM
    Stopping part way and cold crashing is getting complicated.Let them all go to complete dryness,
    give them the option to backsweeten with splenda and bottle, or sweeten in the glass after
    carbonation, ...

  • Posted in thread: Bought cider that was already fermenting on 11-28-2010 at 03:25 AM
    The latest apple juice has already started drying out. What does it taste like? You might want
    to just get some regular preserved apple juice to back-sweeten your cider with, as it shouldn't
    cause the...

  • Posted in thread: Sammy's Simple Cider on 11-27-2010 at 07:18 PM
    Well, this is a SWEET find.. I'm getting ready to do a "class" for the folks at work... Mine
    will be simpler still, as they'll show up w/ juice, I'll dose them w/ yeast, then we'll talk
    about what to ...

  • Posted in thread: School's back in session - simple cider on 11-27-2010 at 07:08 PM
    After thoughts...I chose SA-04 because it's supposed to be a clean, cold-crashable yeast... I
    will recommend that they crash a little early, to keep some sugar, and hopefully, render a
    drinkable cider...

  • Posted in thread: School's back in session - simple cider on 11-27-2010 at 06:19 PM
    I've been asked to do a "cider get-together" by one of the guys at work for some of the folks
    in the office... Anybody done anything like this? Any hints? Anything I ought to consider,
    etc.?They've he...

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Oh my gosh, but cider's neat. Taste's so sweet, it can't be beat. Good in the cold or in the heat. Oh my gosh, but cider's neat!