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  • Woodworking,Drinking
  • Engineer
  • Dave
  • Looking for the ultimate hard cider recipe.
  • More cider...
  • 3 gallons of orchard cider with S-04 yeast.
  • Empty jugs
  • Pasteurized orchard cider, with and without carbonation. Still looking for the perfect recipe.
  • What's a keg?
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  • New Haven County
  • Connecticut


  • Posted in thread: Maturation on 11-30-2015 at 01:48 PM
    6 weeks plus bottle conditioning time. I make small batches and drink them young. Now that I
    have a few gallons in secondary I have enough to age for a while, so that will change.

  • Posted in thread: Questions before beginning round 2 on 11-29-2015 at 08:44 PM
    So now Iím ready for round 2 and I have enough knowledge to only make me dangerous.I picked up
    4 gals of fresh cider from my local orchard. Enough for two 2 gal batches.Itís 100% juice that
    has been f...

  • Posted in thread: Pasteurization - different ways on 11-29-2015 at 08:13 PM
    Stabilize (not pasteurize) with potassium sorbate and potassium metabisulfite.

  • Posted in thread: clearing, on 11-29-2015 at 08:09 PM
    If the temp falls below the minimum that the yeast will be active, they will fall out of
    suspension. People do that on purpose sometimes (called cold crashing) to clear cider quickly.

  • Posted in thread: New to Cider Brewing on 11-29-2015 at 08:05 PM
    You didn't mention anything about adding yeast nutrient, so I assume you added none. Apple
    juice is notoriously low in the nutrients that yeast need to thrive.Ask your LHBS guy about
    yeast "energizer"...

  • Posted in thread: Noob question about primary jugs on 11-27-2015 at 07:03 PM
    I believe that the plastic water jugs (Poland Springs, etc) are #2 PET.

  • Posted in thread: Thanksgiving JOAM on 11-27-2015 at 03:58 PM
    I served up my first JAOM at Thanksgiving dinner and it was a big hit. It's only been aging
    since September but the flavors have already started to blend and the cloves have mellowed a
    lot. I've never...

  • Posted in thread: Noob question about primary jugs on 11-27-2015 at 03:22 PM
    For short term you'll be fine. People do meads in plastic water jugs all the time. Long term,
    not good - the plastic is permeable by oxygen.BTW, Northern Brewer has a great deal on a 1
    gallon setup, i...

  • Posted in thread: Berry cider halfway done on 11-27-2015 at 03:10 PM
    Looks awesome. Any residual sweetness or is it really dry?I'm going to let mine ride for a few

  • Posted in thread: when to bottle ancient orange mead on 11-26-2015 at 05:36 PM
    Wait until fermentation finishes, usually 60 days. The fruit will fall and the mead will be
    very clear. Rack to a smaller carboy and leave the fruit behind. Wait for any sediment you
    might have picked...

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