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  • Posted in thread: 8% apple cherry cider/applewine on 05-24-2015 at 01:20 AM
    Update: my cherry cider had too big of a break in active fermentation and is now on it's way to
    vinegar. Cherry-cider vinegar might be cool, there is plenty of alcohol to convert.

  • Posted in thread: Making Applejack from hard cider? on 05-24-2015 at 01:08 AM
    Can we stop having the methanol question again, and again, and again, and c'mon people, really?
    Methanol is in beer too but we don't discuss that, do we? Forgive me for being an a$$, will
    you? A gallo...

  • Posted in thread: I am giving up beer for 30 days on 05-23-2015 at 06:17 AM
    There is a fairly standard test to see if alcohol is a problem in your life; put a six-pack of
    beer in your fridge and vow to drink only one per day for six days. If you are unable to drink
    only one p...

  • Posted in thread: Adjusting Pale Ale Bitterness on 05-23-2015 at 06:07 AM
    Ryatt66, maybe I am confused here, you mention you consistently have the same problem. Did you
    want 6 gallons final volume @ 1.044? According to my calculations using Marris Otter as an
    example @77% I...

  • Posted in thread: Adjusting Pale Ale Bitterness on 05-22-2015 at 11:35 PM
    Ryatt66, you say you overshot your O.G. by a lot, how much if I may ask? Getting a system
    dialed in can take a few batches, and I hope you kept meticulous notes. When I started out I
    didn't keep good ...

  • Posted in thread: Not enough water in boil kettle after mash on 05-22-2015 at 11:19 PM
    Beersmith is a great program for some people, and not for others. I tried it, I didn't like it,
    and I now use both Qbrew and BrewMate. BrewMate has a few more styles than Qbrew, and BrewMate
    will auto...

  • Posted in thread: Cherry cycer questions on 05-22-2015 at 08:39 PM
    Just like when you were twelve, you tried jacking and you wanted to do it again. :DEDIT: My
    cherry cider is a bust, the reason it is so tart is it is become vinegar. Home made
    cherry-apple cider vineg...

  • Posted in thread: 8% apple cherry cider/applewine on 05-22-2015 at 01:06 AM
    I am working on 2 batches of apple-cherry concentrate cider. One batch has one can of apple
    cherry concentrate added to 116 oz of apple cider. There is a little cherry sort of pucker, but
    really tasty...

  • Posted in thread: Banana cider on 05-21-2015 at 07:07 PM
    If it were me, I would PM Yooper as she makes banana wine and apple wine. Speaking out of
    ignorance myself, I would think the bananas would dominate the flavor. Here's a link you might
    find interestin...

  • Posted in thread: Dry Cider on 05-21-2015 at 06:25 AM
    Trader Joe's carries a couple of French Cidres, I have tried and liked. SWMBO is a big fan (me
    too) of Crispin the Saint; I had never thought of a Belgian yeast-ed cider.Costco now carries a
    giant sel...

Following Stats
Aging from last year: Hard Cider, Triple Chocolate Stout, American Amber II First fermenter: American Mild Second fermenter: Empty Long term aging: Strong Scottish Ale, American Stout 3 new hard ciders, first is a Apple Raspberry, second will be a Apple Grape, and third Apple Cranberry. These will all become Jacked Ciders
December 30, 2014  •  12:35 AM
Minden Man ,
Good to see a local with similar interests. I'm up in Spanish Springs. Just got into brewing this summer, and all I do at night is read about brewing. And just bought a whole bunch more equipment off craigslist. I'd like to pick your brain in the future on the cider thing. That will be in the next brew or two. Does Costco have an appropriate apple juice or FJC? They have a good price on honey for the mead I have planned.
December 31, 2014  •  01:50 PM
@modelafish, Ask me anything you want, I will help you as much as I can. For a new cider maker, I suggest going store bought at least the first couple of batches. The apple juice that Costco sells is fine, and most any FJC will work too. I make a lot of apple jack, so it is not uncommon for me to add 3 cans of FAJC into a 1 gallon batch. I do not add them all at once to not stress the yeast. I use Pasteur Red (not Champagne) yeast to make my ciders now, and even at 18% ABV, there is still apple flavor before concentrating.

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