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  • Posted in thread: Need some quick advice! on 01-17-2017 at 03:18 PM
    I had that happen once with a gal. of cyzer. So bad I still get a tummy ache thinking about it.
    I dumped it but it was just 1 gal.

  • Posted in thread: Yeast-stalled or finished! on 01-16-2017 at 03:30 AM
    After 1 month the cider has not moved from 1.012. No movement in air lock or hydrometer.I will
    let it sit for a monthLet the 1 gallon age on cinnamon stickRack it and warm it up a bit. If
    it's done it...

  • Posted in thread: Aged Cider in Bourbon barrel on 01-13-2017 at 01:24 AM
    10 gallon barrel with a mock "solera" (5-in/5-out method you mentioned)is the way to go.It's
    what i do with my barrel and it produces great hard cider.I personally wouldn't mix a fruited
    cider in it u...

  • Posted in thread: Help me decide which hops to use do dry hop my cider on 01-10-2017 at 10:15 PM
    I used cascade. It tasted good but dry. My taste testers that drink IPAs loved it. I'm not an
    IPA drinker and I will try Citra next time.If you were to age hopped cider in Bourbon barrels
    would you ho...

  • Posted in thread: Opening secondary to retrieve bung, reseal with carboy cap and purge o2? on 01-10-2017 at 10:09 PM
    Thanks Mark, I do have a few s-shaped airlocks as well. I tried one briefly but it was sucking
    back as well. I also edited my original post to clarify my question.An S lock if used correctly
    should pa...

  • Posted in thread: Aging cider in a used bourbon barrel on 01-10-2017 at 10:06 PM
    I recently picked up a 5 gal. oak barrel previously charred and used for bourbon. So I got it
    soaking with water + citric acid + camden to make sure it's clean and don't leak. Gonna try
    aging a cider ...

  • Posted in thread: Cider Infection on 01-10-2017 at 03:57 PM
    I go from a 6.5 gal. Bucket or 6 gal. Carboy to a 5 gal. Carboy. Always start with at least 5.5
    gal. juice or top off with more clear juice like FAJC + water.

  • Posted in thread: Opening secondary to retrieve bung, reseal with carboy cap and purge o2? on 01-10-2017 at 03:51 PM
    I only use three piece airlock during vigorous primary fermentation. I switch to an S shaped
    airlock in the secondary. It works both ways.

  • Posted in thread: Help me choose a fermenter. on 01-09-2017 at 09:38 PM
    I know of several commercial cideries that use plastic only. None of them conical.

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of Cider in 2016 on 01-07-2017 at 04:26 PM
    For those of us who buy juice from an orchard or grow our own apples, there is a season for
    cider. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, that season straddles the New Year so it makes the
    distinction of "h...

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