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  • Posted in thread: Ice cider without the work on 09-16-2014 at 03:14 PM
    I've done this using about half concentrate and half juice in a 1 gallon batch. Then I went
    straight ahead and freeze-distilled it into applejack. It was AMAZING, a potent dessert liquor
    that tasted l...

  • Posted in thread: Sweetening with frozen concentrate on 09-16-2014 at 03:08 PM
    I do this!2-3 cans should give you a mildly sweet cider. More and you will wind up with a
    strong sour-apple candy taste. The REAL TRICK, IMO, is distributing the back-sweetening evenly;
    even adding it...

  • Posted in thread: Berry Cider on 02-14-2014 at 06:05 PM
    I know, right? Winter has been holding my brew closet at a constant temp in the low 50s, all my
    fermentation has been really slow and consistent. It's great!BTW, when i did blackberry cider
    with the b...

  • Posted in thread: Pectic enzyme necessary w/o heat pasteurization? on 02-14-2014 at 06:02 PM
    Apple juice likes to cloud up no matter what you do. I heat pasteurize my stuff though, and by
    about a month later it's usually cleared on its own. Pectic enzyme will just get it there a
    little faster...

  • Posted in thread: Confused with Cider.... on 02-14-2014 at 05:58 PM
    You should really do at least a month in secondary before bottling anyway. That said, I've
    racked to secondary from a still-active primary and it doesn't really hurt anything. In
    winemaking, that's ac...

  • Posted in thread: Does using a few different brands of cider/AJ increase complexity? on 02-14-2014 at 05:54 PM
    My last batch used a mix of plain apple juice and unfiltered farm cider. I find the cider lends
    the final product a cool, slightly caramel-like character that adds complexity without
    sourness; if you ...

  • Posted in thread: 4 days into fermentation, no activity on 02-14-2014 at 05:49 PM
    Could be lack of nutrients/insufficient aeration?I've used store brand juice from Kroger, Wal
    Mart and Target- it's all cheap stuff, but it all ferments for me.

  • Posted in thread: Vintner's Harvest fruit bases on 01-26-2014 at 07:37 AM
    I must be wine impaired because I just tried this stuff and i didn't get good results at all.I
    used the blueberry base, and attempted to use it in a scaled up version of a recipe I had made
    with great...

  • Posted in thread: Secondary: When to Rack? on 10-01-2013 at 03:49 PM
    You raise a good point. I'd been hoping to back-sweeten this for some foam, but if after 3
    months the yeasties haven't done anything then that might just not happen.I guess I'll just
    bottle it wheneve...

  • Posted in thread: Secondary: When to Rack? on 10-01-2013 at 03:29 AM
    So my first mead has now spent 3 months in secondary. I've read 50/50 advice about when to rack
    mead in secondary- some say at this point and others that I should just ignore the carboy until
    it's cov...

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